I wouldn't be surprised if they turn up the recluse-o-meter once again after this one, and I'm torn about that personally. On the one hand, it's great to see proof that they're working on innovations constantly, and it's neat to see that they don't always work (failure is a necessary component of invention). On the other hand, it's super exciting as a consumer to watch their live events and see something completely new that's available immediately and think "Wow, this is cool!", and that wouldn't happen if they keep pre-announcing things.
These next-gen Mac Pros and pro displays “will not ship this year”. (I hope that means “next year”, but all Apple said was “not this year”.) In the meantime
Still, I'd be surprised if they expected it to be any later than 2019. Historically they never give information out like that early at all, so for them to break precedent and announce anything seems to indicate that they're fairly confident. Hopefully it goes better than AirPower haha.
At that point the Mac Pro will have been _over five years_ since its last update (December 2013).
Of course Apple is still gleefully charging full price for Ivy Bridge (Xeon v2) processors, not to mention ~$600 for 32GB memory.
That has to sting.
Then they had an about face mid last year.
What I don’t understand is how hard is it for them to make a simple pro Mac in a tower case? I doubt that it takes PC manufacturers two years to design a mid tower high end workstation. Intel is doing most of the engineering and they (Apple) already have a very high performing SSD controller.
The Pro systems in contrast:
>In the last year or two they've broken precedent and announced a few things prematurely[...]iMac Pro/Mac Pro
The thing is they basically had to do this if they didn't want to just dump the desktop pro market entirely (which perhaps was a source of internal debate, but apparently they decided it actually was something they cared about). The real tower Mac Pro was 7 years old. The obvious-failure-on-launch cylinder Mac "Pro" (with its 450W budget) had as expected never been touched again, had effectively zero 3rd party support due to fundamentally bad design decisions, and could even be outperformed in some roles by its predecessor. Professionals in that particular market were (and are) dumping Apple, mostly wholesale for modern PC systems though some may have gone hackintosh (VMs interest me in that role personally). At any rate the situation was untenable and Apple had no actual hardware whatsoever on hand to offer either.
So they had to either just decide Mac pro desktops were not valuable and declare it dead and done, or if it was valuable to offer any remaining users there some reason (however delayed) to not completely give up on Apple. The only card they really had to play is to make a future promise in a way that they normally do not. I don't know how well it worked overall, and I'm highly pessimistic that Apple actually learned a lesson there and is doing something that could be interesting and worth it (though FWIW there at least in principle is cool stuff Apple could do there), but that seems to be how it worked out. I don't think it was due to some long term change of strategy or Apple getting over excited, it was simply the only move remaining to them after a fairly bad set of own-goals if they wanted to continue to exist in that space.
And if they do manage to find their legs there again I wouldn't be surprised if this was a one-off and they went right back to staying quiet while doing yearly bumps rather then any sort of roadmap. Though organization structure changes would be more reassuring there.
I'm using this Spigen charger  now and happy with the tiny LED on there that is mostly covered up by the placement of the phone. This newer one by Anker  is on my list of chargers to try if I need a replacement since I have been happy with their products in the past, but the hard, shiny surface makes it look a bit cheaper than the matte finish on the Spigen, although it's more reasonably priced.
I also have this stand-up Samsung charger for my desk , which does not have the same glaring light issue as the first one I bought, but I specifically did not want a stand-up model for my nightstand.
The Samsung models are specifically designed for Android Qi-compatible phones that use a version of the protocol that is not fully compatible with Apple's. In particular, their LEDs are dual-color and intended to light up blue when charging then switch to green when charge has completed. They do not switch to green when charging an iPhone. The Spigen by contrast just has an indicator light that turns on when the iPhone is in contact with the wireless charger (i.e. can charge, regardless of whether or not it is fully charged).
But note that the Samsung comes with an AC adapter capable of supporting fast charge, but the Spigen and the Anker do not -- you'll need to make sure you plug them into an adapter capable of supplying the sufficient voltage and current (as I believe fast charge switches to 9V), otherwise charge speed will be limited (and wireless charging is already slow enough).
I had the same problem, although the charger was black so I used a small strip of electrical tape. Didn't cost me a thing.
Presumably they detect where the device is and engage an appropriate coil. Quick search on amazon found a few charging pads with multiple coils.
I'd submitted https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=17980168 a few days ago, links to a landing page for a white paper and presentation.
Direct link: https://www.wirelesspowerconsortium.com/technology/multiple-...
Sounds like Apple.
In my case I'd prefer a mat to toss my phone on to a stand.
I'll take the Apple route I think. There is plenty of room for both takes. I won't trash a company because they don't want to compromise their image.
If they feel it's important to have a sleek charger then I'm glad they would rather not release than compromise their vision even if it doesn't matter to me.
>> Sounds like Apple.
> As opposed to Belkin who puts their name on some ok stuff and a lot of horrible Shenzhen designed garbage?
That's entirely different. This sounds like Apple prioritizing barely-perceptible differences, and letting them either turn into roadblocks or force other unpleasant compromises (e.g. removal of the 3.5mm jack and the adoption of the unreliable butterfly keyboard).
The prioritization of thinness jumped the shark a long time ago, IMHO.
Does the Airpower really runs a whole OS or am reading it wrong ? I'm wondering what are the features that require that much complexity...
: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wpSHJwiDfv4 (Not my video. Shows a Nexus 4 being placed in worst-case positions and an illuminated robotic primary charging coil attempting to couple with the secondary on the phone.)
Maybe, maybe if an entire surface (eg desk) was capable of wireless charging that would be a neat upgrade, otherwise I just don't get it at all. Now get off my lawn.
I've seen quite a few complaints on the xda-developers board about people with various Android phones and tablets (Nexus 7 included) becoming more or less unusable because the microUSB port wears out after so many thousand plug-ins and eventually breaks, dislodges, or stops recognizing the cable, and the end-user is unable to charge their device anymore.
Since I wirelessly charge my Nexus 7 90% of the time (only using micro-USB if travelling or topping it off at work), the micro-USB port is still in great condition. Personally I've had four phones and two tablets and never had any of the ports break on me, but, I suppose fumbling in the dark trying to jam the cable into the phone late at night could definitely put some wear and tear on the device.
I've heard possible stories that wireless charging might be worse for the battery, though, so, trade-offs for everything I suppose.
Stopping manual handling of the cable is urgent.
The more likely reason they aren't shipping this yet is that it was a companion piece to AirPower: it doesn't use the Qi standard.
Take a look at the Qi standard, it is mind bogglingly complicated.
You can find cheaper $15 ones in a similar form factor on Amazon from Seneo, but it seems to be a crapshoot whether any specific unit will last long-term or have misaligned coils that give off an annoying whine.
So, although I've never used one myself, clearly these chargers are feasible and the overheating challenges the article lists are solvable. I know the Belkin one looks more simple (1 device instead of 3), but why doesn't Apple enter the market with a similar product? The article doesn't really answer the question for me of why Belkin is creating one but Apple is not.
Edit: Not sure why I'm getting downvoted. This is a genuine question and it's getting a lot of informative responses.
While the use-case seems trivial it's a pretty challenging engineering problem; a lot of people who saw the original AirPower announcement and corresponding patent drawings claimed immediately that it wouldn't be possible or would be unbelievably hard without advances in materials and it looks like those criticisms are bearing fruit.
Any other solution would seemingly still have the orientation issue.
I nearly never want my Watch and my iPhone on a charger at the same time because I pretty much always have at least one of them with me. And I charge my AirPods case so rarely (I plug it in for a few minutes once a week or so when I think to), it's not really compelling to me that it charges it separately.
Anyway, I'm sure other people differ...