The next iPhone might not have a charging port


Apple's AirPower wireless charger may not be released until September (AAPL)

Apple's previously announced but still unreleased AirPower charger is now expected to ship in or before September 2018, Bloomberg reports today.

This accessory is taking longer to make due to a series of technical hurdles, slowing the company's wireless strategy and highlighting supply-chain challenges that have hampered product launches in recent years.

Apple also wants users to be able to place any of their devices anywhere on the charging mat to begin a charge. According to the report, Apple must design the device with multiple charging sensors, all differently sized, placed in various locations in the mat.

The inclusion of the feature made a clear statement about Apple's vision for a wireless future - especially following its move to also ditch the headphone jack with the iPhone 7 one year before - and the company's announcement that it was working on its own wireless charger which could charge multiple devices at once, followed by the acquisition of PowerbyProxi, only reinforced that vision. Each of the supported devices already includes a charger, and single-product wireless chargers can generally be had for $30 to $50.

Apple announced its AirPower charging mat alongside the iPhone 8 and iPhone X, with a suggestion that it would launch in early 2018. The other issue is that the circuitry is too complex.

We've been waiting almost a year for Apple's AirPower wireless charger.

Of course, Apple has declined to comment on the matter.

The device would need not to overheat, as well as to manage power output to more than one device as well.

It would also raise the price of the already expensive iPhone X, which starts at $999.

Complex and bug-prone the AirPower may be, but Gurman says it's finally nearing a release, with Apple now aiming to get in on shelves "before or in September".

As mentioned by Bloomberg, Apple was planning to remove the lightning port from its flagship iPhone X but somehow the idea did not convert into reality.

The delay likely won't hurt Apple's bottom line but it does slow the rollout of wireless technology adoption which will be key to Apple's long-term strategy as it aims to phase out wired connections / external ports / buttons on the iPhone over time.

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