Tesla doubles Apple with a product that the firm has never dared to launch
Tesla launches a charging mat that is eerily reminiscent of the AirPower whose launch Apple canceled for technical reasons in 2019.
Did Tesla Achieve What Apple Engineers Never Achieved? During the presentation of the iPhone X in 2017, Apple made the audience dream with a charging mat of a new kind: the AirPower. The idea was to improve the Qi technology, with a mat made up of several dozen induction coils, so that it is possible to place up to three devices on it and charge them, AirPods and Apple Watch case included.
Even better: when you place an Apple accessory on it, the charging pad tells the iPhone to display an animation based on the design of the product, before centralizing the battery charge levels of all the devices. devices being charged. These features would have been handy, except that Apple has been pushing back the release of the AirPower mat year after year. Until that day in 2019 when the firm bluntly admitted that the product would not be released because it did not meet 'high standards'; from Apple engineers.
Tesla launches AirPower-style charging mat, before Apple
In fact, we learned through hallway noises that the device was the victim of overheating problems. A concern that seemed insurmountable with the first design of the AirPower carpet. More recently, new prototypes have appeared on the web. Which seems to indicate that Apple is redeveloping the product with a new technical design allowing the accessory to finally live up to its promises (without overheating problem).
While Apple is slow to launch its revised and corrected AirPower, Tesla is joining the party with a charging mat very similar in functionality: the Tesla Wireless Charging Platform. This black, angled charging mat inherits a design taken from the Cybertruck.
Tesla explains: “Inspired by the angular and metallic design of Cybertrucks, our wireless charging platform provides 15W of fast charging per device and can charge up to three devices simultaneously. Its sleek design is comprised of an aluminum casing, premium quality Alcantara surface, and a detachable magnetic stand that lets you lay the charger flat or at an angle for better viewing. visualization of the screen of the devices being charged”.
The firm adds that the mat is: “equipped with FreePower® technology , which charges Qi-enabled devices such as phones or headphones placed anywhere on its surface without precise alignment. Exactly like AirPower, except for the animation on your iPhone. The device relies on a tangle of 30 induction coils to operate.
The product is now available for pre-order on the Tesla Shop. The brand specifies that the first units will be delivered by February 2023.