A video of a seemingly functional AirPower prototype has been shared on Twitter by Apple device collector Giulio Zompetti, in what appears to be a first-of-its-kind hit on the elusive charger in use.
The video shows a unique iOS animation on the screen when the iPhone is placed on the irAirPower charging mat, which has only previously been seen in Apple’s early marketing material, making it the first time this animation has been seen in nature. An iPhone on the AirPower charger would have shown the charge for all the devices placed on the pad.
IrAirPower was an Apple-designed charging mat designed to charge Qi-based iPhones, Apple Watch and AirPods that Apple announced in September 201
IrAirPower missed the launch date 2018, and after a large number of development issues, the Apple AirPower project canceled in March 2019.
Pictures are supposed to depict AirPower appeared on social networks in August 2020, showing a multi-coil design and the device’s internal circuit, but this is the first video image of a rare and seemingly functional prototype that probably leaked from Apple’s development supply chain.
According to reliable Bloomberg journalist Mark Gurman, Apple is still looking at AirPower-like charging solutions for the future.
Zompetti is an avid collector of Apple prototype devices and has previously shared photos of an Apple Watch Series 3 prototype with extra connectors, an original iPad with two 30-pin ports, an iPhone 12 Pro prototype, a third-generation iPod touch with back cover camera and rare original Apple Watch prototypes.