Apple now supports wireless charging with the iPhone 8 and iPhone X, but it isn’t selling its own charging pad yet. Instead, Apple Stores offer charging pads that support the Qi standard from Belkin and Mophie, each priced at $59.99.
The company did preview AirPower which it will start selling sometime next year, but the official release date and price are still unknown. Now a Polish retailer has published an online listing for AirPower which could give us a clue about how much we’ll have to pay for the special charging pad.
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Unlike existing Qi charging pads, AirPower will support up to three compatible devices for simultaneous wireless charging thanks to technology developed by Apple. AirPower will only work with iPhone 8 / 8 Plus / X, Apple Watch Series 3, and an upcoming version of the AirPods charging case, but Apple says it will help the Qi standard adopt multi-device charging support in the future.
Considering AirPower has special Apple technology and is essentially three wireless chargers in one, we can probably expect to pay a hefty price, right? ThinkApple points out that a Polish retailer X-Com has a new online listing for AirPower which is priced at 999 PLN. That converts to about $270, but ThinkApple notes that products on Apple’s online store in Poland that are priced at 999 PLN go for around $199 in the US online store.
Could this mean AirPower will actually be sold for $199 when it launches next year? My take is that it’s likely a placeholder listing from the Polish retailer who likely wouldn’t have inside knowledge of how Apple plans to price its unreleased product, but the roughly $200 price point wouldn’t be totally surprising.
AirPower does combine three wireless chargers in one and Apple charges $80 for its standalone Apple Watch Charging Dock which uses the standard Apple Watch charging connector. While I’d prefer to pay closer to $99 than $199, AirPower will be a premium but optional accessory so a more expensive price tag might make sense.
$200 for AirPower would certainly make the $159 AirPods look like a bargain, however, although existing AirPods owners will need to buy a new charging case that supports wireless charging to be compatible. The future may be (mostly) wireless, but it looks like it will also be pricey.