Apple AirPower replacement might come in large and small sizes

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Apple might be prepping a smaller wireless charger to go with the rumored multi-device version.
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Apple will release a single-device wireless charging pad in addition to the larger, multi-device mat rumored to be much like the doomed AirPower, according to an unconfirmed report Sunday.

The latest rumors come a year after Apple canceled the AirPower wireless charger the company announced in 2017 without ever releasing it.

Two upcoming Apple wireless chargers

Apple supposedly shelved AirPower due to problems with overheating. However, an unconfirmed report from Jon Prosser, founder of YouTube channel Front Page Tech, claimed earlier this week that Apple engineers remain hard at work on a multi-device wireless charger with the code name C68.

That device will have a kid brother, according to generally reliable source choco-bit on Twitter.

“So looks like C68 and C26 are both Airpower mats in testing,” choco-bit tweeted Sunday. “C68 from @jon_prosser is the bigger one, and C26 is smaller single device one.”

Word of a smaller wireless charging mat from Apple first came to light from trusted source Ming-Chi Kuo, an analyst with TF International Securities. He predicted in January a new Apple wireless charging mat that will be a less-ambitious AirPower alternative, perhaps with the ability to charge only one device instead of three.

Now, choco-bit says both versions of Apple’s wireless charger will come out this year.

How AirPower will stand out

While there are many single and multi-device chargers available, few can power up an iPhone and an Apple Watch on the same charging mat. Apple promised AirPower would be able to handle this trick and deliver other advanced features.