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Apple AirPower Misses Release Window in 2018

At the end of last year, famed Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo seemed confident that the product could be released in the first quarter, according to 9to5Mac

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Apple’s wireless charger, AirPower, which was supposed to let iPhone, Apple Watch and AirPods owners wirelessly charge all three devices at the same time, missed its release window in 2018, yet again.

Apple had announced a product at its September 2017 iPhone event called “AirPower”. Apple had said it would launch in 2018, but it never did. It’s a rare miss for Apple, which typically has a good track record of following through on product announcements, CNBC reported late on Monday.

The AirPower is rumoured to have faced internal development challenges due to which the Cupertino-based giant could not bring the product to market as smoothly as expected.

“During each of its events this year (2018) — one in March where it announced new iPads, its developer conference in June, the annual iPhone event in September and a Mac event in October — Apple failed to mention AirPower or its status,” the report added.

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The tech giant also stopped mentioning AirPower in its website after the September 2018 launch of the latest iPhone models.

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.

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The iPhone-maker has also remained tight-lipped about the pricing of the product.

At the end of last year, famed Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo seemed confident that the product could be released in the first quarter, according to 9to5Mac. (IANS)

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Apple Unveils New AirPods Designed to Deliver More Talk Time

With this feature one would be able to change songs, make a call, adjust the volume or get directions while keeping their hands in pockets

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Introducing its second generation of wireless headphones, Apple on Wednesday launched new AirPods designed to deliver more talk time.

The new AirPods come with either a standard charging case or a new wireless charging case.

Apple said the AirPods with standard charging case will be available for Rs 14,900 and those with wireless charging case for Rs 18,900.

They will be available to order through Apple authorised resellers later this spring, the company said.

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Powered by Apple-designed H1 chip, developed specifically for headphones, the new AirPods now feature the convenience of “Hey Siri” – meaning users could invoke the assistant without touching the earbud.

With this feature one would be able to change songs, make a call, adjust the volume or get directions while keeping their hands in pockets.

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“The world’s best wireless headphones just got even better with the new AirPods. They are powered by the new Apple-designed H1 chip which brings an extra hour of talk time, faster connections, hands-free ‘Hey Siri’ and the convenience of a new wireless battery case,” said Phil Schiller, Apple’s Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing. (IANS)