Apple’s long-awaited (and long-delayed) AirPower wireless charging has reportedly entered production and will hit shelves later this year.
Glass passivated package (GPP) bridge rectifier orders for Apple’s AirPower continue to pull in, according to sources at related suppliers, who expect shipments for the wireless charger to boost further when it becomes available later in 2019.
Apple’s AirPower is finally in production, said the sources. The Apple-designed wireless charging device was unveiled in September 2017, with the company originally targeting 2018 for launch.
Of course this is DigiTimes, and they have previously published release predictions, one of which claimed the charging mat would be released by March 2018, which didn’t happen.
However, other sources have indicated the AirPower is on its way. Earlier this month, Hong Kong website ChargerLAB said the mat “is finally coming,” citing “credible sources” in Apple’s supply chain.
Breaking: AirPower is finally coming. We just learned from credible source in supply chain that the manufacture Luxshare Precision has already started producing Apple AirPower wireless charging pad. Luxshare Precision is also the maker of Apple AirPods and USB-C cables. pic.twitter.com/UqgWIAh3sx
— ChargerLAB (@chargerlab) January 12, 2019
Before that, developer Steve Troughton-Smith said he’s heard Apple may have overcome technical challenges with the AirPower.
Where is AirPower? 🤷♂️ All I’ve been hearing is ‘they’ve finally fixed it’, so, if true, it could ship as a product whenever Apple wants. Hopefully alongside the smart battery case for the XS?
— Steve Troughton-Smith (@stroughtonsmith) December 31, 2018
October 2018 saw Apple industry analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claimed Apple might launch the AirPower early in the first quarter of 2019.
Apple first teased the AirPower during the September 2017 iPhone X unveiling, promising a 2018 release. Apple removed most mention of the AirPower from their website in September 2018. However, it is still mentioned in the latest iPhone user guides and has also been spotted in recent Apple job listing.