While three new iPhones and a revamped Apple Watch took center stage at the Apple event Wednesday, several product announcements were conspicuously missing from the presentation.
Apple didn’t even quietly announce anything post-event about its wireless charging pad, dubbed AirPower, its wireless ear buds, AirPods, or its iPad tablet.
No one more thing, no wireless charged AirPods, no AirPower. Apple said both would happen in 2018.
— Stephen Nellis (@StephenNellis) September 12, 2018
At the Apple iPhone event in Cupertino, California improved battery life was mentioned for its trio of iPhones, the XS, XS Max, and XR, but nothing about wirelessly charging those devices.
The AirPower is a charging pad that’s supposed to juice up an iPhone, Apple Watch, and AirPods wireless headphones all at once.
The Apple Watch already wirelessly charges with its own pad and the can use third-party charging pads and bases. Now the Apple website includes the three new phones as compatible for wireless charging.
But there’s nothing for all your Apple devices at the same time.
Long rumored at $150, the charging pad was supposed to arrive alongside the iPhone 8 launch a year ago. But instead it was only talked about with no delivery date. Everyone was left waiting then, and now 12 months later we’re all still waiting.
Apparently production issues have backed up the charging mat’s arrival on counters and bedside tables everywhere. But this is quite the hold-up.
For the AirPods, no new information about the ear pieces means they’ll continue to charge via lightning cable in the case. No wireless charging yet.
iPad updates will have to wait for another time, too.
It was speculated that Apple could unveil an iPad with Face ID capability and an improved screen. But, no. Today was all about iPhones and watches.
Don’t give up all hope, though. Typically there’s a separate event for Mac and MacBook in October so iPad news could happen then — and maybe even AirPower will make an appearance.