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Comment: Apple still needs an AirPower-like accessory despite having MagSafe Duo

Added 12-01-21 08:31:02pm EST - “Apple discontinued AirPower even before the product had a chance to hit stores, and since then the company has been investing in its MagSafe lineup of accessories ?" which includes the MagSafe Duo Charger. Although I really like the…” - 9to5mac.com

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Apple discontinued AirPower even before the product had a chance to hit stores, and since then the company has been investing in its MagSafe lineup of accessories – which includes the MagSafe Duo Charger. Although I really like the MagSafe Duo Charger, Apple still needs an AirPower-like accessory.

AirPower was a really ambitious product. It promised to let users charge up to three Apple devices simultaneously – so you could charge your iPhone, Apple Watch, and AirPods at the same time. Another highlight of AirPower is that users wouldn’t need to place the device in a specific spot, as the accessory would have multiple coils to enable charging anywhere on its surface.

To reinforce the integration between Apple’s devices, the iPhone would show the battery level for all devices placed on the AirPower, and this was extensively advertised when the iPhone X was announced in 2017.

Unfortunately, although former Apple marketing VP Phil Schiller said the company “knows how to do this,” Apple never got around to launching AirPower. After more than a year of silence, the company confirmed to the press that AirPower wouldn’t meet the company’s “high standards,” so the project was canceled.

With the launch of the iPhone 12 in 2020, one of the key features of the new phones was MagSafe, which is what Apple calls a new arrangement of magnets on the phone’s back combined with NFC to enable new types of iPhone accessories.

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