Unseen AirPower prototype reveals the secrets of Apple's cancelled charger

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Poor old AirPower. Apple's triple wireless charging mat was announced with much fanfare in 2017, but turned out to be doomed – the company officially pulled the plug in 2019, claiming that it was unable to meet its own "high standards" of product design. But two years on, it seems a prototype version of AirPower has emerged online.

Gulio Zompetti often tweets images and videos of unreleased Apple products, and this latest prototype might be the most fascinating yet. While the charging mat doesn't feature AirPower's signature white design, the shape is unmistakeable – and it's the first time we've ever seen the gadget in action. Sadly, if you want to wirelessly charge any of the best camera phones, you'll have to look elsewhere – Apple is yet to provide its own pad.

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Daniel John
Senior News Editor

Daniel John is Senior News Editor at Creative Bloq. He reports on the worlds of art, design, branding and lifestyle tech (which often translates to tech made by Apple). He joined in 2020 after working in copywriting and digital marketing with brands including ITV, NBC, Channel 4 and more.