Update for April 2nd onwards: This article was our contribution to the merry world of April Fools. We’ll keep doing that because we’re not Microsoft (thankfully).
Last week brought us the sad news that Apple had canceled development of «AirPower», their wireless charging mat. The long-awaited accessory would have allowed users to recharge their iPhone, Apple Watch and AirPods wirelessly all at the same time on the same charger. Now the company apparently goes one step further and plans to disable wireless charging for all its iPhone models.
Wireless charging will be disabled from iOS 12.4.1 onwards
The newest software update for iPhones, iOS 12.4.1, will disable the wireless charging function for all current iPhone models. That means from this point forward, users won’t be able to wirelessly charge their iPhone even if they are using a third-party charging mat.
Unique wireless charging experience
According to Phil Schiller, VP of Marketing at Apple, this is a necessary step: «We at Apple are focused on providing the best user experience across all of our products. Without AirPower, we don’t see how we could possibly offer a unique and polished wireless charging experience to our customers. Thus, we won’t be supporting the wireless charging function with our products from this point on forward.»
Which Apple products are affected?
All iPhone models from iPhone 8 onwards are affected by the change – this means iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, iPhone XR, iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max.
Wireless charging ban: Will other Apple devices follow?
There have been rumors that the planned wireless charging ban will not stop at iPhones. Other product lines such as the Apple Watch or the new AirPods might also be affected further down the line. We will update the story as soon as we get more details.