Back in September last year, Apple unveiled its AirPower wireless charging pad that was capable of charging new iPhones, Apple Watches and Apple AirPods (with the new charging case) all at the same time.
It was slated to launch 'next year' as in 2018 and now we are a couple months into the year, it's still MIA. According to the generally pretty reliable folks at MacOtakara though, the handy accessory could be on course to be available to buy in the second half of March.
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The Japanese blog has confirmed with its own sources that the mat is coming soon and it appears that one of the reasons the charging accessory faced some issues was related to getting the charging right for the Apple Watch Series 3.
The AirPower mat uses the popular QI standard method that most wireless charging accessories adopt, but apparently extra work was needed to get it to play nice with the design of Apple's smartwatch. Specifically, the smartwatch's convex back, which was originally designed to only charge with non-QI concave magnetic chargers as opposed to flat, QI based surfaces.
It's perhaps one of the reasons why we haven't seen a raft of Apple Watch Series 3-friendly wireless chargers litter the online shelves just yet. It seems that Apple's AirPower accessory uses a special radio signal to detect the latest Watch enabling it to charge of Qi to get around the issue.
MacOtakara doesn't mention any details on pricing, but a placeholder price that popped up on a Polish website back in November last year pointed to a hefty $200 price tag. Apple has yet to divulge any details on pricing or a launch date, but there has been plenty of rumours flying around that the folks at Cupertino may be planning to hold an event in March to show off new iPad and MacBooks. So this could well be the moment to let the people get their multiple charge on with the AirPower as well.