If youâ€™ve been wondering where Appleâ€™s AirPower charging accessory is, youâ€™re far from the only one. The wireless charging pad was announced alongside the iPhone 8 and iPhone X way back in 2017, and while Apple told us then that it would be released sometime in 2018, here we are in 2019Â still waitingÂ for an update. The latest news is far from an official confirmation that AirPower will be shipping soon, however it is the most credible rumor about the device weâ€™ve heard in some time.
The Twitter accountÂ ChargerLAB, based in Hong Kong, reports that Apple has begun the manufacturing process for the AirPower mat, meaning a release date may not be far away. The site says this information comes from a â€ścredible sourceâ€ť within the supply chain, so take this news with a grain of salt, etc.
However, there are a few additional details from ChargerLAB that seem to back up their claim. They include a screenshot of a conversation from the WeChat messaging app that,Â when translated, indicate the source believes AirPower will be shipping soon. The tweet also says that manufacturer Luxshare Precision has already started production on the wireless charging pad.
As part of the Wireless Power Consortium backing the Qi standard, Luxshare already manufactures Appleâ€™s AirPods, and has been said to be a supplier for the AirPower mat as far back as 2017. There were also reports last year that Pegatron would also be producing AirPower, and shortly after their first tweet, ChargerLAB followed up with a source saying that Pegatron would begin manufacturing on January 21st.