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Apple’s AirPower might not be released until late 2019

Published Jan 22nd, 2019 8:17AM EST
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Remember when Apple would announce products and they’d actually ship on time? Truth be told, it almost seems like a lifetime ago given how many Apple products seem to experience frustrating delays these days. Even new iPhone models, which used to launch like clockwork every September, have launched on a staggered schedule in recent years.

The most blatant offender when it comes to product delays, though, has to be Apple’s wireless charging matt, an almost mythical product known as AirPower. Apple first unveiled AirPower in September of 2017 alongside the iPhone X. Now, February of 2019 is right around the corner and we still haven’t heard a peep from Apple as to when the product might hit store shelves, if at all.

Indeed, there have even been rumors that Apple may axe the product entirely due to a handful of challenging technical hurdles, with overheating being one such example. Just last week, though, a rumor emerged claiming that AirPower production had commenced and that the product would hit stores sooner rather than later. This rumor, of course, aligned with a report from Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo who a few weeks back indicated that AirPower would launch sometime before March of 2019.

As exciting as that is, you may not want to get your AirPower hopes up just yet. A brand new report from Digitimes relays that AirPower might not actually be released until late 2019. I suppose the good news is that Apple didn’t cancel the product, but there’s a good possibility AirPower will launch a good two years after its initial unveiling.

Yoni Heisler Contributing Writer

Yoni Heisler has been writing about Apple and the tech industry at large with over 15 years of experience. A life long expert Mac user and Apple expert, his writing has appeared in Edible Apple, Network World, MacLife, Macworld UK, and TUAW.

When not analyzing the latest happenings with Apple, Yoni enjoys catching Improv shows in Chicago, playing soccer, and cultivating new TV show addictions.

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