Rumour: AirPower Enters Production
New information released by the Hong Kong website ChargerLAB states they have a "credible source" from within Apple’s supply chain which claims the long-delayed AirPower charging mat has entered production.
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
Luxshare Precision is a member of the Wireless Power Consortium and currently works with Apple to assemble the Airpods and lightning to USB-C cables and is also the company working to assemble the new AirPower charging mat.
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
This report seems to back up information released by developer Steve Troughton-Smith who had heard that Apple recently overcame the technical challenges they were having with AirPower, and the device would be moving onto production very soon.
Adding to all the rumours surrounding AirPower, prominent Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo recently claimed that Apple might launch AirPower in the first quarter of 2019.
All this information surrounding AirPower is a significant change from the past two years since AirPower was initially announced alongside the iPhone X back in 2017 and then we heard nothing about the product. Just last year alongside the iPhone XS, XS Max, & XR announcements Apple removed many of the references to the AirPower product from their website but did still include references in the new iPhone quick start guides.
At this time all we can do is wait, but with this information all leaking at once, it's a good sign that AirPower is still alive within Apple, instead of what many had begun to think was a dead product Apple would never talk about again.