But Apple has been due to launch its own charging mat called AirPower for over a year now. We thought we might get it in early 2018 and then at the September iPhone XS launch, but it never happened.
The benefit of the AirPower mat is that it will work with Apple Watch in addition to the iPhone and the rumoured new AirPods. It's big enough for you to charge all three at the same time - your iPhone, Watch and AirPods.
Apple's wireless charger: What is the Apple AirPower mat?
- Will charge multiple Apple devices
- Delayed several times according to sources
Apple's AirPower is a wireless charging mat that is plugged into the wall but transfers electrical charge into compatible devices through contact alone. You just place your devices on it and they will charge without any wire and with minimal fuss.
The Apple AirPower was originally announced at the iPhone X event in September 2017 and like the HomePod it has taken an uncharacteristically long period of time to surface.
According to a report from Bloomberg, the mat has faced several issues including technicalities with the internal circuitry which has delayed release.
Apple AirPower price and release date
- Expect a price point around £150/$150
- We've no idea when it will appear
Apple's iPhone event has come and gone and no - there's still no talk of an AirPower release date
We've heard that the AirPower release will be alongside new AirPods that will be compatible with the AirPower mat for wireless charging. Or, at least, the existing AirPods can have a wireless charging case added to them. We're hoping we get second-gen buds though - preferably water and sweatproof!
Chinese blog Chongdiantou believes that AirPower will cost around $150 USD - so expect around £150 GBP. That's quite expensive although - according to the blog - the mat will incorporate a whopping 22 charging coils. Why so many? The idea is that it will charge your device wherever you put it on the mat. You don't need to be precise with your placement of, say, an Apple Watch.
What devices will work with the AirPower mat?
- 2017 and 2018 iPhones
- Apple Watches and new AirPods
The mat will charge 2017 iPhones - iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X - as well as the new 2018 iPhones, the iPhone XR, iPhone XS and XS Plus. Each of those handsets will have Qi charging capabilities so can be charged on conventional Qi charging mats too.
Because it is standards compliant, AirPower should also charge other Qi-compatible smartphones, too.
The mat will also charge Apple Watch. We know from what Apple has said that it will definitely be compatible with Apple Watch Series 3 and it should be compatible with the new Apple Watch Series 4 as well (it could turn out that it's just Series 4, though). If it does work with Series 3 it will also work with older Apple Watch Series 1 and Series 2 devices as they use the same charging base as the Series 3.
It will also charge AirPods but as we mentioned this will only work if they are inside a wireless charging case. This will either be via an add-on charging case or via a second-generation version of the AirPods.