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Old 03-29-2019, 01:43 PM   #1
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Apple AirPower cancelled

I just saw an article about this and was quite surprised, donít know what it says about the direction.

It doesnít currently affect me as I have no devices that support wireless charging. Strangely, I bought a Samsung charger on a whim while at the beach (salty splurge, matey?).

The article mentioned AirPods too, which I donít own and know nothing about how well they work and sound. I use a different brand of ear buds that charge in a case.

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https://www.cnbc.com/2019/03/29/appl...-airpower.html
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Old 03-29-2019, 11:32 PM   #2
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Probably because they canít get it to work well. I bought a wireless charging pad from a company called Hard Cider Labs and it didnít work at all with my Apple Watch, and was slow with my phone. DH has the AirPods and loves them.
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Got too hot. Not good.
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Old 03-30-2019, 05:10 AM   #4
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Probably because they canít get it to work well.

I would agree. I scoured the internet looking for an all in one charger to charge my iPhone and my Apple Watch. After reading tons of reviews I finally decided to try one particular charger. It did not work well at all, so I returned it.

I figured an all in one charger would be a great solution for travel, but have found nothing yet, so Iíll keep bringing the different chargers for the watch and the phone...
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Hereís a follow up article, also through the CNBC feed:

https://www.cnbc.com/2019/03/29/reut...rging-mat.html

Gotta admit, I wonder about the Samsung charger I have. Itís pretty lonely without something to charge. But it looks cool!
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I feel bad for the engineers working on it. There's nothing worse than having pressure to pre-announce something not near complete. The pressure from marketing becomes unbearable.

Products get cancelled all the time before announce. We just never hear of them. Ask any engineer who survives a career. There's a good chance they worked on multiple failed projects. I actually knew one guy at Megacorp #1 who worked 20 years before he got a project out the door. Perhaps that's why MC #1 was entering a crisis at that time, and why I left.
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I wonder what technical difficulties they faced. Were they trying for a much higher rate of charging than other makers have done? Something caused them to hit the immutable laws of physics.
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Macrumors had the best explanation I've seen:

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There were, however, continual rumors of production, engineering, and manufacturing difficulties. Rumors suggested that there were problems with heat management, inter-device communication, and interference because Apple wanted to design a charging device where you could put an iPhone, Apple Watch, or AirPods anywhere on the mat to charge.

This required layering multiple charging coils, resulting in a device that ran too hot, which turned out to be an engineering issue Apple couldn't solve.
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