Teardown images allegedly depict scrapped AirPower charging mat
A leaker has shared alleged images of what appears to be Apple's now-scrapped AirPower wireless charging mat.
On Friday, Apple leaker @laobaiTD shared apparent images of the AirPower charging mat to Twitter. Those images were originally sourced from a teardown clip on Chinese video sharing site Bilibili.
The images depict a wireless charging mat in the AirPower shape. Two components in the pictures include a board with multiple and overlapping wireless charging coils, as well as another board laden with chips.
They were also reportedly AirPower's downfall, since the complexity of the design caused issues with overheating and reliability. Other charging mats on the market do feature multi-coil designs, but none have quite lived up to AirPower's promises.
There's no concrete evidence that the images actually depict an Apple AirPower prototype or working model, however. While @laobaiTD — also known as Mr. White — has shared genuine images of leaked components and accurate details in the past, there's nothing that can verify whether the supposed AirPower prototype is authentic.
Since AirPower's cancellation, there have been some rumors that Apple is working on another wireless charging mat. In January, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicted that Apple would release a first-party "small wireless charging mat" in the first half of 2020.