These photos of a MagSafe prototype from Apple’s ill-fated AirPower days show something very different from what it sells today

These photos of a MagSafe prototype from Apple's ill-fated AirPower days show something very different from what it sells today 3

When Apple finally added support for wireless charging with the iPhone X and iPhone 8, it also confirmed that it was working on AirPower. The wireless charging pad was supposed to be capable of wirelessly charging multiple devices at once, including an Apple Watch. That was in 2017 and things soon went quiet.

Fast forward to 2019 and the AirPower project was finally canceled after it was deemed to be too difficult to produce to Apple’s specs. It wanted it to work by allowing people to place items down anywhere, and the whole thing was powered by similar chips that made iPhones work, so it was never going to be cheap. But then we got its replacement in MagSafe, a magnetic charger that shipped alongside the iPhone 12 in 2020.

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