AirPower, reverse charging and VR: what was said this weekend

Debrief of the latest and most reliable hypotheses about the next Apple releases.

Mark Gurman, a Bloomberg reporter who previously predicted the launch of third-generation AirPods this fall , thinks the virtual reality headset Apple is working on may not be available anytime soon. According to him, the device would indeed be released in 2022 as planned , perhaps for WWDC, but consumers may have to wait longer (until the following year?) before getting their hands on it. Ditto for the Apple Car.

Mark Gurman, a Bloomberg reporter who previously predicted the launch of third-generation AirPods this fall , thinks the virtual reality headset Apple is working on may not be available anytime soon. According to him, the device would indeed be released in 2022 as planned , perhaps for WWDC, but consumers may have to wait longer (until the following year?) before getting their hands on it. Ditto for the Apple Car.

If so, then it won’t be a first. Whether by simple marketing strategy or following delays in their under-production chain, certain branded products such as the Cybertruck pickup unveiled by Tesla , for example, are still waiting. The Apple Watch itself, when it hit the market in 2015, suffered a similar fate.

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Among the other supposed reasons for such a delay, the source also mentions that the helmet would be equipped with interchangeable lenses, possibly on prescription to be better adapted to the view of each user. In the same way as when you go to an optician on the recommendation of your ophthalmologist, in short.

This real challenge would therefore risk attracting the mistrust of regulators. The FCC* would then no longer be the only one to have a say, but institutions in charge of health such as the FAA (food and drug administration) should also participate in the negotiations. What takes time…

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A triple charger on the way?

The other rumor shared by Gurman this Sunday concerns a highly anticipated accessory, also presented by Apple but never made available. This is the AirPower. A wireless charging mat that can power a watch, wireless headphones and an iPhone at the same time, it was reportedly abandoned following overheating issues encountered during in-house development.

Such a value proposition would therefore still be in the cards to this day, without it being known precisely what the ins and outs will be. This would be accompanied by reverse charging finally compatible with all Apple devices, already found in competition such as the Samsung collection. The technology in question allows, among other things, to place a pair of AirPods on the back of a mobile to power them wirelessly thanks to the battery of the latter, and vice versa.

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