Apple AirPower, on video, a working prototype (more or less)

back to talk about it air Force, the much-discussed wireless charging pad that Apple introduced a few years ago (in conjunction with the iPhone X, in 2017) then fell into oblivion. The company has never talked about it publicly and officially again, but it is well known among fans The initiative went badly: Apple clearly failed to overcome some of the project’s core difficulties, and was eventually forced to cancel it without much fanfare.

But before the cancellation, Apple completed some prototypes. Unsurprisingly, some units ended up in circulation. In the past few hours, thanks to a collaboration between two YouTube channels, Apple Demo and Unbox Therapy, we finally got A chance to see an AirPower prototype in action – Already able to charge the device, albeit with many limitations and tricks.

In the meantime, it is worth assessing the situation for a moment. The peculiarity of AirPower, compared to all other wireless charging platforms, was that it promised the possibility to the user Recharge a device placed anywhere on its surface, not only in one or two specific areas. This prototype has one working wireless charging coil – one in the lower right corner; And the lower body is missing, leaving all the internal circuits exposed – resulting in a shock hazard if you’re not careful with it.

There are many other precautions to be followed for using the prototype, and in general it is advised to follow them very carefully due to Tendency to overheat (and consequent fire) Which ruled the project forgotten in the end. For example, it is recommended that you charge only Apple products, but not the Max variants of the iPhone (they may draw too much current and thus cause overheating), nor any Apple Watch model or any MagSafe-enabled device. In short, to be on the safe side: iPhone X OK, AirPods OK. And even then, it should be used for informational purposes only: it should not remain turned on / active for more than a minute, and before putting on a new device, it should be allowed for at least 5 minutes to cool down.

In short, it is clear that “working” is very different from “ready for sale” in this case. However, it is interesting to note how the device works, although it is only a few years behind and is in some ways Very innovative, at the same time already outdated. For example, being completely flat without a raised part means that most Apple Watch bands will not be compatible either.

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