After missing its deadline for 2018, rumors are that Apple has finally put its wireless charger AirPower to production. The AirPower charging mat, which also works for the Apple Watch and AirPod headphones, was first unveiled in 2017 but has been beset by delays.
Back in October 2018, Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said that Apple would launch the AirPower during the first quarter of 2019. ChargeLab’s tweeted information falls in line with the Kuo stated. However, the website’s past claims on rumors have been a hit and a miss. It claimed that Apple would launch the Xs lineup with an 18-watt USB Type-C charger. The website did show an accurate render of the charger, but it ended up being for the 2018 iPad Pro, so the rumor wasn’t entirely off base.
It is the difficulty of engineering a mat capable of charging multiple devices at once that has led to delays in the production, according to some industry insiders.
Notorious Apple leaker Sonny Dickson previously said the issues with the charging mat included overheating and interference.
There is still no word on when the release date or price for the AirPower charging mat will be, though unofficial Apple news site MacRumors said it expected it to be early in the first quarter of 2019.