Has Arrived, But Apple's AirPower Has Not

Judy Cobb
January 3, 2019

An FCC filing from AT&T shows the carrier working on the Power Drum Wireless Charger. The Power Drum's Qi charger, the topmost part, supports output of up to 10W, although it's worth noting that the iPhone is limited to 7.5W. Magnets around the charger help to hold the watch in place.

A new AT&T device has been seen passing through the FCC that isn't a phone or a smart wearable. The Apple Watch Series 4 was just released in September.

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Famed Apple writer John Gruber, at that time, suggested that the AirPower was facing overheating problems and may have been "scrubbed" that means AirPower was getting too hot while trying to charge three devices at the same time, the CNBC report added. It supports the Apple Watch Series 3, Apple Watch Series 2, Apple Watch Series 1, and the original Apple Watch. Even so, there shouldn't be any issue as to why the fourth-generation watch wouldn't charge. Thoughts about the AT&T Power Drum? Perhaps AT&T started developing this at a time when USB Type-C wasn't in the mainstream yet. Any Qi-compatible smartphone will supposedly work with this so-called Power Drum as well. A release date is unavailable at the moment. One such example is AT&T, now rumored to be developing something called the Power Drum. Of course, when it was announced in 2017, we expected the AirPower to arrive early in 2018 but Apple never said "early" so we cut them 365 days of slack. Several third-party wireless chargers have hit the market since the company first showcased the AirPower, and now it appears AT&T also aims to capitalize on the missing charging mat by offering its own similar product.

Apple's policy has typically been to not discuss unreleased or rumoured products so there's little information about the AirPower mat on their web site.

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