The Hong Kong website ChargerLAB cites a "credible source" within the Apple supply chain that claims that the Chinese manufacturer Luxshare Precision began production of the AirPower. In a conversation about the Chinese messaging app WeChat, the source adds that he heard that AirPower will be launched soon.
Breaking: AirPower finally comes. We just learned from a reliable source in the supply chain that the manufacturer Luxshare Precision has already started producing the Apple AirPower wireless charging platform. Luxshare Precision is also the maker of Apple AirPods and USB-C cables. pic.twitter.com/UqgWIAh3sx
– ChargerLAB (@chargerlab) January 12, 2019
MacRumors translated the Chinese messages into the screenshot of WeChat using the Google Translate application for photos on the iPhone and appear to be consistent with what ChargerLAB says in its tweet.
Luxshare is a member of the Wireless Power Consortium behind the Qi standard and also assembles AirPods for Apple, and Lightning cables to USB-C, according to ChargerLAB. The reports had suggested that Luxshare would be a major provider of AirPower since February 2017.
Luxshare may not be the sole provider, as a report last year said Pegatron would also be involved in the production.
A few weeks ago, developer Steve Troughton-Smith said he heard that Apple could have overcome the technical challenges with AirPower and could go ahead with a release. Those technical challenges included problems of overheating and interference, according to Sonny Dickson, an occasional source of Apple leaks.
Where is AirPower? Todo️ All I've heard is "they've finally fixed it," so if it's true, it could be sent as a product when Apple wants it. Hopefully together with the case of the smart battery for the XS?
– Steve Troughton-Smith (@stroughtonsmith) December 31, 2018
In October, in a research note obtained by MacRumors, Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said that Apple could launch the AirPower early in the first quarter of 2019, suggesting that the accessory will be launched soon.
The delayed release of AirPower is likely why Apple has not yet released its optional wireless charging case for AirPods, which continues to appear as "not currently available" on the Apple website. Like the AirPower, Kuo said the wireless case could be launched in early 2019 before a completely new pair by 2020.
AirPower is an oval mat that can charge multiple Apple devices wirelessly at once, including the iPhone 8 and newer, Apple Watch Series 3 and newer, and AirPods when placed in the wireless charging case mentioned above. to throw next to the mat.
Apple first introduced the AirPower at the Steve Jobs Theater in September 2017, shortly after presenting the iPhone X, and indicated that it would be released sometime in 2018 in a press release. However, Apple did not keep that promise and has not commented on the AirPower for many months.
After its September 2018 event, Apple eliminated all AirPower mentions from its website, except some. However, the mat was still referenced in the user guides for iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR, in some recent listings of Apple works and in some recent Apple patent applications.
Apple's silence regarding AirPower has led some to believe that the product has been canceled, but today's report offers renewed hope.
Last month, based on documentation obtained from members of the Made for iPhone program, ChargerLAB accurately reported that Lightning to USB-C third-party third-party cables will be available in early 2019. Right at the right time, Belkin and Griffin , among others, presented Lightning to USB. -C cables at CES 2019 this week.
However, ChargerLAB incorrectly reported that the iPhone XS, the iPhone XS Max and the iPhone XR would be included with a faster 18W USB-C power adapter from Apple. The website showed an accurate representation of the charger, but ended up being for the iPad Pro 2018, so the rumor was not totally wrong.