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AirPower referenced in iPhone XS packaging, iOS 12.1 code shows continuing development • 9to5Mac
Guilherme Rambo:
<p>Looking into iOS 12.1, we noticed that the component of iOS responsible for managing the charging interface that appears when using AirPower has been updated, which means that Apple is still actively working on the project.

Furthermore, a picture of the “getting started guide” that comes packaged with the iPhone XS clearly mentions AirPower. “Place iPhone with screen facing up on AirPower or a Qi-certified wireless charger,” it reads. The image was shared on Twitter by Gavin Stephens.

If Apple was planning on cancelling the project altogether, then it would definitely not be mentioning it in the packaging of the brand new devices.</p>

I dunno, the lead time for printing the packaging for a few million phones is probably longer than a week or two. But the change in the 12.1 charging interface? That's definitely a sign of life. I wonder if this has become a sort of death march for the team working on it now, where they are determined to make it work no matter what - a sort of Charge Over The River Kwai.
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11 weeks ago by charlesarthur
U.S. Air Force Seeks Largest Expansion Since Cold War – Foreign Policy
Mostly bombers, F-35s, jet tankers, and satellites. (+5 B-21 sqns on 9, +7 F-sqns on 55, +14 tanker sqns on 40, +7 SOF sqns on 20, +2 drone sqns on 25, +7 space sqns on 16)
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12 weeks ago by yorksranter
What really happened to Apple’s AirPower (exclusive details) • Sonny Dickson
The aforementioned Dickson:
<p>Here are some of the key issues causing the most significant hurdles, as verified by multiple internal sources:

• Heat management: currently the device produces far too much heat, which causes performance setbacks, and can affect the ability of the devices to charge if they become too warm in the process. It also affects the ability of Apple’s custom charging chip, which runs a stripped down version of iOS, to function as intended.

• Buggy inter-device communication, as well as charging activation and issues with charging speed, and overall accuracy of charge levels:Apple’s engineers have been experiencing both hardware and software issues with the communication between AirPower and devices placed on the mat, -especially- the communication of Apple Watch and AirPod charging data to the iPhone, which monitors the charge level of all devices placed on the mat.

• Mechanical and interference issues: the mechanism being used for multi-device charging, which we can confirm is comprised of between 21 and 24 power coils of various sizes to accommodate the three main products to be charged (AirPods equipped with a so-far-nonexistent wireless charging accessory case, iPhone, and Apple Watch), which are broken into three identical charging groups, is proving extremely difficult to build or refine, and has been resulting in a significant amount of interference up to this point, which reduces the efficiency of the charging mat, and contributes to the heat issues that engineers are facing.

What is thought to be a significant factor in the ongoing engineering struggle is that three different sizes of coils must overlap within each coil set, which, combined with the very compact size of the device, makes managing interference and heat an extremely daunting technical challenge.

Aside from heat and interference shielding, the complexity of the circuitry in the device is also posing a significant challenge, which likely cannot be overcome unless the device is redesigned to be slightly thicker and larger – decisions which Apple is specifically unwilling to make compromises on for their overall design.</p>

This wouldn't be the first time that Apple has wanted to design its way past the laws of physics; <a href="">a similar impasse happened (briefly) in the design of the original iPhone</a>, which didn't have any antenna gaps in its lovely aluminium design.
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12 weeks ago by charlesarthur
Thoughts and observations on Apple’s iPhone XS/XR and Series 4 Apple Watch introductory event • Daring Fireball
John Gruber:
<p>AIRPOWER: I wrote about AirPower’s absence earlier this week. What I’ve heard, third-hand but from multiple little birdies, is that AirPower really is well and truly fucked. Something about the multi-coil design getting too hot — way too hot. There are engineers who looked at AirPower’s design and said it could never work, thermally, and now those same engineers have that “told you so” smug look on their faces. Last year Apple was apparently swayed by arguments that they could figure out a way to make it not get hot. They were, clearly, wrong. I think they’ve either had to go completely back to the drawing board and start over with an entirely different design, or they’ve decided to give up and they just don’t want to say so.</p>

I'd love to see an analysis from someone who knows about Qi charging (which Apple uses) on why AirPower was overreaching, but I can completely believe that this has turned out to be too risky because of heat. In the meantime you could always get this <a href="">wireless charging mouse mat</a> ($39, one-week shipping) - which looks quite a lot like AirPower.
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12 weeks ago by charlesarthur
Apple tries to wipe AirPower from history • ZDNet
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes:
<p>A year ago during the iPhone X unveiling Apple announced AirPower - an all-in-one wireless charger for the iPhone, Apple Watch and AirPods. The product never shipped, and today it seems that Apple has scrubbed almost all traces of it off its website.

At the time of writing this is the only reference to AirPower I can find on Apple's website:

So what happened to AirPower?

Well, while only Apple really knows (and at the time of writing Apple hasn't responded to a request for information), it seems like the product was vaporware and that the promise of an all-in-one charger has died.

I can't think off the top of my head of another product that Apple has announced at a major event and then failed to deliver, which suggests that some things are beyond the reach of even a company as powerful as Apple.

Over the past few weeks I've spoken to a number of sources in the accessories and charging business, and they all claim that not only was AirPower too ambitious, Apple had made the job of developing an all-in-one charger all the more difficult by using differing wireless charging protocols for the iPhone and the Apple Watch.</p>

Many people asked Apple about AirPower on Wednesday, and all were rebuffed with "nothing to say at this time", formally, and nothing off the record.

Three options:
- it's too difficult (different wireless charging methods between phone, Watch and AirPods);<br />- it's too dangerous: lithium batteries are prone to do odd things, and wireless charging heats them up a lot;<br />- it's too energy-inefficient, and Apple was burnishing its green credentials on Wednesday with talk about its renewable energy and so on.

There's a faint chance it will appear in October, but I'm increasingly convinced that something Really Bad about risk turned up in testing.
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12 weeks ago by charlesarthur
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august 2018 by wakemp
Apple’s 2018 Launches: Will 8th Gen CPUs, AirPower Save It?
It has been getting harder to remain optimistic about Apple’s products. Over the past year, design issues with the MacBook’s new butterfly key mechanisms have been acknowledged along with an admission that the company has been throttling iPhone performance on older models. Exclusive and exorbitant, a tide of media dissatisfaction has swept the Apple world,...

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july 2018 by vrzone
Why Apple’s AirPower wireless charger is taking so long to make • Bloomberg
Mark Gurman:
<p>Unlike wireless chargers on the market today, the AirPower is designed to charge three devices simultaneously: an iPhone, Apple Watch, and AirPods with a still-to-be-released wireless charging case.

Apple also wants users to be able to place any of their devices anywhere on the charging mat to begin a charge. That ambitious goal requires the company to pack the AirPower with multiple charging sensors, a process that has proven difficult, the people said. The charger is based on custom charging technology, which it intends to integrate with the Qi charging standard, the company said last year.

An executive at an Apple partner that manufactures third-party wireless chargers for iPhones, who asked not to be identified, said that the multi-device charging mechanism is challenging to build because it likely requires different sized charging components for the three types of devices, which would all overlap across the mat.

The AirPower charger is also more advanced than the current competition because it includes a custom Apple chip running a stripped down version of the iOS mobile operating system to conduct on-device power management and pairing with devices. Apple engineers have also been working to squash bugs related to the on-board firmware, according to the people familiar.</p>

A stripped-down version of iOS? So now Apple is going to have five OSs to update - MacOS, iOS, WatchOS, tvOS and AirPowerOS (maybe AirOS).

And when is it coming? From Gurman's piece: "engineers hoped to launch the charger by June. The aim now is to put it on sale before or in September, according to one of the people." At least that gives us a sort-of deadline. Though "before or in" is basically "by". The subediting on American journalism is dire.
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june 2018 by charlesarthur
Adam Tooze on Twitter: "This simple USSBS graph about where the Luftwaffe stationed its fighters is quite revealing. As of 1942 1/2 are in the West. By 1944 3/4 are."
This is seriously interesting. As well as Tooze's point about the redeployment of the Lw fighter force to the West, look at the breakdown between air defence and tactical. In June 1944 there were say 600 a/c assigned to air defence, 900 assigned to tac-air in the West, 500 to tac-air in the East. Similarly, Torch caused the Germans to double their fighter force in the Med and lose basically all of it.
As well as the fight for air superiority enabling the amphibious campaign, the amphibious campaign helped to win the fight for air superiority, and also drew a lot of German air away from the East - and in bigger scale than the bomber offensive.
aviation  airpower  strategy  ww2  history 
april 2018 by yorksranter

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