recent job listings in the United States and New Zealand.
The openings range from
student co-op positions to hardware engineers on Apple’s
Wireless Power Technology team in its hometown of Cupertino,
California as well as Auckland, New Zealand, where wireless
charging company PowerbyProxi remains based following its
acquisition by Apple in October 2017.
The job description for the openings, posted between late
October and early December, each refer to the AirPower a single
The mission of the Wireless Power Technology team – Build the
world’s best Wireless Charging user-experience by inventing
state-of-the-art technologies. The Wireless Power Technology
team develops bleeding-edge Wireless Charging designs that are
central to Apple’s products – the iPhone, Apple Watch, AirPods,
AirPower and more.
Apple first previewed the AirPower at its September
2017 event. At the time, the company’s marketing chief Phil
Schiller said the accessory was coming in 2018, as did a few
Apple press releases.
Apple gave a sneak peek of AirPower, an Apple-designed wireless
charging accessory coming in 2018, which
offers a generous active charging area that will allow iPhone
8, iPhone 8 Plus or iPhone X customers to simultaneously charge
up to three devices, including Apple Watch Series 3 and a new
optional wireless charging case for AirPods.
At this point, it’s not entirely clear if Apple
still plans to release the AirPower, which has
reportedly faced technical challenges. Apple has not
commented on the AirPower for many months, and there are just
three weeks remaining for the company to deliver on its promise
of releasing the accessory in 2018.
Following its September 2018 event, though, Apple
removed all but a few references to the AirPower from its
Apple’s recent job listings could be an indication that the
company is still developing the AirPower, or they could be a
simple oversight. There are also AirPower references
in the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR user guides.
In late October, in a
research note obtained by MacRumors, Apple analyst Ming-Chi
Kuo wrote that “Apple may launch new AirPods and AirPower in
late 4Q18 or early 1Q19,” without providing further details. If
accurate, then the AirPower is alive and well and could be
released within the next few months.
The delayed or canceled release of the AirPower is believed to
be the reason why Apple has yet to release its optional
wireless charging case for AirPods, which is listed as “currently
unavailable” on Apple’s website. Like the AirPower, Kuo
expects the wireless case
to be released by early 2019.