But Apple is also soon to come out with its own AirPower mat for wireless charging.
The benefit of the AirPower mat is that it will also work with Apple Watch in addition to the iPhone and the new AirPods (check out our existing AirPods review). It's also big enough for you to charge all three at the same time; your iPhone, Watch and AirPods.
What is the AirPower mat?
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 the batteries without any more fuss.
Apple AirPower mat price and release date
It seems the AirPower release date may be September alongside new iPhones and Apple Watch Series 4. That's according to a report from Bloomberg. Apparently, the mat has facing several issues including technicalities with the internal circuitry.
We've also heard that the AirPower release will be alongside new AirPods that will also 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 please!
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 work with the AirPower mat?
The mat will charge the new iPhones: iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X. Each of those handsets have Qi charging capabilities so can also be charged on conventional, existing Qi charging mats too.
And, 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 be definitely compatible with Apple Watch Series 3, with and without cellular.
We also expect it to 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.
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