When iPhones and AirPods can now charge wirelessly, it's notable that Apple does not sell its own first party wireless charger.
Tech analyst Jon Prosser tweeted yesterday that the company hasn't given up on the project entirely. Around this time previous year, Apple made a decision to abandon the idea, citing the fact that it couldn't meet its own "high standards".
Apple's vision for the AirPower charging mat was a single wireless charger that would be able to change an iPhone 8 or older, the Apple Watch, and the AirPods with wireless charging case simultaneously, regardless of their position on the mat.
Naturally, Apple isn't going to want to release a new version of AirPower without Apple Watch support, as that would largely defeat the objective of an Apple-branded wireless charging mat, but it could very well be that the need to create smaller coils that offer smartwatch compatibility is what led to the seemingly insurmountable engineering challenges with the original AirPower. Apparently, the original AirPower mat design was generating a lot of heat which could potentially damage the device charging over it, and Apple obviously didn't want this to happen.
According to Prosser, Apple is again trying to find a way to dissipate the heat charging three devices generates and is said to be re-engineering the coils to "displace the heat more effectively'". According to his Tweet, none of Apples current prototypes work with the Apple Watch, and this is the companys biggest challenge. All the user had to do was simply place the device on the mat, and it would start charging. Apple has stated in the explanations about AirPower that this product will be released as of the end of 2018, but Apple could not keep its promise.
When Apple cancelled AirPower about a year ago, the company said "We apologize to those customers who were looking forward to this launch".