The video shows a unique iOS on-screen animation of placing an iPhone on an AirPower charging mat, previously only seen in early Apple marketing materials, making this animation the first time ever seen live. The iPhone on the AirPower charger was supposed to show the charge of all devices that were placed on the mat.
AirPower is a charging mat designed by Apple to charge iPhones, Apple Watch and AirPods using the Qi standard that Apple announced in September 2017 with the iPhone X. It was designed to accommodate users of iPhones, AirPods and Apple Watch on any part of the charging mat, which meant multiple overlapping charging coils had to be placed inside the body of the device.
AirPower didn’t hit the market in 2018, and after a lot of problems with its development, Apple canceled the project in March 2019. Photos allegedly depicting the AirPower surfaced on social media in August 2020, showcasing the multi-coil design and internal circuitry of the device.
But now we’re dealing with the first footage of a rare and seemingly functional prototype that supposedly leaked out of Apple’s supply chain.
Zompetti is an avid collector of Apple prototypes and has previously shared images of the Apple Watch Series 3 prototype with auxiliary connectors, the original iPad with two 30-pin ports, the iPhone 12 Pro prototype, the third generation iPod touch with a rear camera, and rare original Apple Watch prototypes.