AT&T Reportedly Developing Wireless Charger That Powers iPhone and Apple Watch Simultaneously

AT&T Reportedly Developing Wireless Charger That Powers iPhone and Apple Watch Simultaneously

The Qi charger will charge at 10W but at a limited power output of 7.5W for iPhone devices and the Apple watch timepiece will charge the rate of 5W. This also means that it will be able to support Apple's fast wireless charging feature. AT&T is the latest to joining the game with their Power Drum 2-in-1 wireless charger. AT&T Power Drum Other manufacturers have taken Apple's development snafu as an opportune time to launch their own experiments.

The integrated battery makes it an ideal device to carry while traveling, though the 3,000mAh battery inside is not going to be enough to fully charge an iPhone XS Max and an Apple Watch at one go. However, the AT&T's Qi-compatible Power Drum will not function with the series 4 Apple watch, but will work with all other variants of the wearable timepiece.

AT&T filed the specifications and drawings for the Power Drum with the FCC. The carrier may have started developing the device when USB Type-C ports weren't so widely used. More so, as a powerbank, the power drum comes with 3,000mAh battery capacity which is very low compared to the 10,000-20,000mAh powerbanks that are available in the market today. However, the FCC filing does hint that the Power Drum could cost around $100. A release date is unavailable at the moment.

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We're now officially into the year 2019, meaning Apple has well and truly blown the soft launch window it set itself for AirPower. A recent spoiler from the FCC website has accidentally revealed AT&T's plan to release a portable wireless charger. Ideally, the device should have featured a USB-C port as it would have made the life of someone owning a MacBook Pro, Apple Watch, and an iPhone easier.

This suggests the AirPower does transmit some charging-related data to the accessories it is charging. Thus, to prevent malicious snooping, the patent indicates that AirPower can assign each device a unique ID when such data is transmitted.

The patent also references "periodically refreshing" the IDs to further prevent any malicious activity.

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