AirPower - unveling a new standard in Wireless Charging
It’s been five long years since the launch of the first smartphone with inductive, wireless, charging feature. Google and LG introduced them but Samsung somehow succeeded in it. Now many smartphones, smart watches and many other devices are capable of inductive charging. Nevertheless, for many years every gadget freak and also common people who could afford a top-of-the-range iPhone was waiting fingers crossed to hear the same from Apple. At last, the day has arrived and thanks to Apple for not disappointing us.
"Apple faced the ball very late indeed, yet they’ve hit a home run, that too away from the ground."
It’s a 5-year-old technology albeit wireless charging seems to have its own limitation. Every type of device needs its own charging pad. Samsung S6’s charging pad can never be used to charge Gear S2 although it uses the same Qi standard. It’s been a limitation for years, but not anymore.
Apple in their Sep 12 event introduced AirPower, a Qi standard-based inductive charging protocol. It’s basically a technology that allows a single device (an inductive pad) to charge each of Apple’s devices. A couple of years ago Apple Watch, yesteryear’s AirPods and now its iPhone 8, 8 Plus and X (dare you call it eX! It’s pronounced TEN) every device is now compatible with wireless charging. Nonetheless, you gotta wait till 2018 for Apple to unveil its own hardware for wireless charging. As of now, Belkin and Mophie are offering hardware that would wirelessly charge all the compatible Apple devices. The best part is that all the devices can be charged simultaneously. How sweet it should be to keep all your accessories on a pad and see them charging altogether.
AirPower as a protocol
Not only Apple has come up with a game-changing idea for charging all its devices simultaneously, it had partnered with car manufacturers, hotels, technology firms and public places to open up Qi wireless charging infrastructures. Walk straight into the JFK International Airport and get your Apple devices charged at the Qi charging facility. These facilities would be a common charging point for all the Qi-standard-compatible devices. Walk in, charge, and walk out.