The Apple AirPower Mini Wireless Charger is reportedly leaked for the first time in a video. This could be the same charging mat that Apple analyst Ming-Chi Ku talked about in an investor note earlier this year. Apple’s earlier AirPower wireless charging pad was canceled because according to the company, the device may not have achieved high quality standards. There is speculation that the leaked product may be a development unit for third-party subsidiary manufacturers or prototypes of a commercial product.
Apple’s alleged AirPower Mini Wireless Charger was seen in a video sent to 9to5Mac. In the short clip, a small dish-like product is seen, which claims to be the same wireless charger, which Apple analyst Ming-Chi Ku talked about in January. The 9to5Mac report states that the latest development may be linked to another report claiming that the upcoming iPhone 12 models will be equipped with a ring of magnets under the back panel. The alleged ring will allow attachment of accessories such as wireless chargers.
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In addition, it is being reported that Apple will adopt cheaper and less complex battery technology for the upcoming iPhone 12 series to cut costs on next-generation hardware.
Apple was reportedly working on the AirPower wireless charging pad until March last year when the Cupertino-based tech giant announced it was pulling the plug on the much-awaited accessory. “After much effort, we have concluded that AirPower will not achieve our high standards, and we have canceled the project,” said Apple’s senior vice president of hardware engineering, Dan Riccio.