Did Tesla achieve what Apple’s engineers never managed to achieve? During the presentation of the iPhone X in 2017, Apple made the audience dream with a charging mat of a new kind: AirPower. The idea was to improve the Qi technology with a mat consisting of several dozen induction coils, so it is possible to place up to three devices on it and charge them, AirPods case and Apple Watch included.
Better: When you place an Apple accessory on it, the charging mat tells the iPhone to show an animation showing the design of the product before centralizing the battery charge levels for all the devices being charged. These features would have been handy, except that Apple has pushed back the release of the AirPower mat year after year. Until the day in 2019 when the company flatly admitted that the product would not be released because it did not meet the “high standards” of Apple’s engineers.
Tesla launches an AirPower-style charging mat before Apple
In fact, we learned through walking noises that the device was a victim of overheating issues. A concern that seemed insurmountable with the initial design of the AirPower carpet. Recently, new prototypes have appeared online. Which seems to indicate that Apple is redeveloping the product with a new technical design that allows the accessory to finally live up to its promises (without the overheating problem).
While Apple is slow to launch its revised and corrected AirPower, Tesla is inviting itself into the party with a charging mat that is very similar in functionality: the Tesla Wireless Charging Platform. This black loading mat, all in angles, inherits a design taken from the Cybertruck.
Tesla explains: “Inspired by the Cybertruck’s angular, metallic design, our wireless charging plate provides 15W fast charging per device and can charge up to three devices simultaneously. Its sleek design consists of an aluminum body, premium Alcantara surface and a removable magnetic stand that lets you lay the charger flat or at an angle for better viewing of the screen. Devices that charge”.
The company adds that the mat is: “with FreePower® technology that charges Qi-enabled devices such as phones or headphones placed anywhere on the surface without precise alignment”. Just like AirPower, except for the animation on your iPhone. The device relies on a jumble of 30 induction coils to function.
The product can now be pre-ordered in the Tesla Shop. The brand specifies that the first units will be delivered in February 2023.