Apple, in rare reversal, pulls plug on wireless charging mat

Apple Inc on Friday said it is canceling the AirPower wireless charging mat that

the company announced in 2017 on t

he same day as its iPhone X, a rare public retreat for the gadget maker known for splashy product launches.

The mat was intended to wirelessly charge up to three Apple products at

once, such as an iPhone, Apple Watch and AirPods wireless headphones.

While wireless charging has spread through the gadget industry, chargi

ng three devices at once with higher wattage “fast charging” has proved challengi

ng. Furniture seller Ikea, for example, sells a $60 matt that can handle three

phones but it only features slower 5-watt charging.

In a statement, Apple said that it had concluded that its AirPower mat “will

not achieve our high standards.”

“We apologize to those customers who were looking forward to this launch,”

Dan Riccio, Apple’s senior vice president of Hardware Engin

eering, said in the statement. “We continue to believe that the future is

wireless and are committed to push the wireless experience forward.”

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