Say hello to AirPower, Apple’s fancy new charging pad

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The excitement of Tuesday’s Apple Event isn’t limited to the iPhone X

Phil Schiller, senior vice president of worldwide marketing, took the stage to unveil the future of device charging — at least as far as Apple is concerned. 

It’s called Airpower, and it’s the company’s first big move toward wireless charging. 

“It’s a mat that you place your iPhone 8 or iPhone 10 down and it just starts to charge,” Schiller told the crowd. “You can place your Series 3 Apple Watch down on it and it starts to charge as well. And you can place your AirPods with the optional new wireless charging case on it and it starts to charge as well.” 

“They all charge,” he excitedly emphasized. 

Of course, the pad itself still needs to be plugged into the wall — and it’s much larger than a standard Apple plug — but hey, it looks like a futuristic mouse pad so that’s cool. 

“We hope people love it,” Schiller added, and noted that the device should be available “next year.”

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