Apple's 'AirPower' wireless charging mat could finally be on its way

AT&T Power Drum Is a 2-in-1 Apple Watch and iPhone Wireless Charger With 3000mAh Integrated Battery

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At the end of past year, famed Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo seemed confident that the product could be released in the first quarter, according to 9to5Mac. The Power Drum will reportedly be able to output 5, 7.5 and 10W of power. The Power Drum wireless charger will also feature a Nightstand mode that will allow the Apple Watch to be used as an alarm clock while it is being charged.

The retail box documentation in the FCC filing only mentions support for Apple Watch Series 1-3, though there's no reason for the charger to not support Apple Watch Series 4 as well. The Apple Watch is located below, with the smartwatch supposed to wrap around the cylindrical device when charging, as indicated by the illustrations. By and large, devices that support wireless charging have to remain relatively close to a given charging station to receive power.

Overall, the AT&T Power Drum appears to be a decent product, but there is one drawback. Apple had said it would launch in 2018, but it never did. Several third-party wireless chargers have hit the market since the company first showcased the AirPower, and now it appears AT&T also aims to capitalize on the missing charging mat by offering its own similar product.

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Basically, you place your iPhone on top of the device to charge it.

Apple's policy has typically been to not discuss unreleased or rumoured products so there's little information about the AirPower mat on their web site. Thus, when an iPhone is placed on the AirPower mat, it should display its own charging status and those of the Apple Watch, AirPods, and AirPods case while they're charging, all on the iPhone lock screen.

"We are going to be working with the Qi standards team to incorporate these benefits into the future of the standards to make wireless charging better for everyone".

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