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Apple cancels AirPower

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    Glad I stopped waiting last fall and just bought a wireless charger for my iPhone. It’s grwat on the bedside table.

    As it was, I wasn’t sure how the AirPower would work for watches. My band is a loop: the watch won’t lie flat on a charge pad.

    But an interesting and unusually public product failure for Apple.
     
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    Disappointing, but not unexpected.
     
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    Wow, I am really surprised.

    With all the news showing images of the mat on the new airpods 2 packaging, the release seemed imminent.

    While I am surprised, I guess I should not be surprised. All the knock-offs being sold on Amazon have mediocre reviews. They don't work as expected. Many of them won't even charge the Apple Watch series 4.
     
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    Don’t think this would’ve happened if Steve Jobs was alive today.....
     
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    Don't know. I would say Jobs probably would never have done an advanced announcement of an untested product. I would definitely agree with you on that.

    However, right now, I can plainly see these mats are impossible to perfect. I was looking at a half dozen alternatives being recommended, and all of them have issues with overheating, not working properly or not supporting Apple Watch Series 4.

    I ended up not going with anything but the separate chargers I already own.
     
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    Uhm, the iPhone? That was announced 6 months before its release and was no more tested then the AirPower when it was announced.

    Of course they did manage to provide a working version six months later (and as someone who got the original immediately, I can assure you it worked fine). But all kinds of major changes happened in what must have been the most frantic six months in Apple's history - including going from a plastic to glass screen.

    But even with the original Mac, which was demoed shortly before being released, it was utterly not ready during the demo. The only way they could keep it from crashing during the demo was to use a 512K RAM prototype instead of the 128K Macintosh that got released. As an owner of the 128K Mac (my first computer) I'll say that as amazing as it was, it was not very reliable - and neither was the 512K Macintosh to which I upgraded - its wasn't until the 1MB RAM Macintosh Plus that it really became acceptably reliable (and by the release of Plus, Steve Jobs was already gone from Apple). Apple and Steve Jobs were lucky that back then Byte Magazine and the Usenet were kinder and gentler than the Internet of today.
     
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    As I recall, the main hardware reliability issue with the 128K and 512K models was the same as the one with the Plus: the analog (power supply) board. My Plus required two replacements: one when it got the 128K-to-Plus upgrade, another years later. The tech who did the upgrade told me that a lot of other 128K Macs had suffered the same failure from that upgrade.

    My current analog board has a partial failure: the real-time clock no longer works. So out of 3 analog boards, that's 2 deaths and 1 partial failure.
     

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