Apple adds an A11 processor to manage the device’s overheating
According to Jon Prosser, Apple engineers are testing a prototype AirPower wireless charging pad code-named C68. Apple added the A11 chip to the new AirPower, which solved the previous overheating problem.
While working from home, engineers on Apple’s ‘Sharing and Proximity’ team are receiving prototype units of something called “C68“.
They are being asked work on software communication between devices for a “future product” that has an A11 inside to “dynamically manage heat”. pic.twitter.com/q4UvnF4ksx
— Jon Prosser (@jon_prosser) April 10, 2020
Since employees are currently working from home, Apple is delivering AirPower test prototype equipment to the engineers. “Because the Apple Watch uses a tweaked proprietary charging method,” says Prosser, “it requires more energy to charge. In previous prototypes, if you placed an Apple Watch on the mat alongside other devices, the entire mat would overheat, and in most cases, combust. (Not joking.)”
AirPower was released in 2017, and 19 months later, Apple said that the AirPower project has been canceled. As for whether AirPower can solve various problems in the future, the final release is still unknown.