Apple is reportedly developing a “less ambitious” wireless charging device more than a year after AirPower’s demise.

Bloomberg , reports that Apple is working on a new and “ less ambitious ” wireless charging pad for iPhone. The new report is in contrast to that released earlier this year by well-known analyst Kuo , who claimed the company would release a “ smaller wireless charging pad “.

Kuo’s report specifically focused on products arriving during the first half of 2020, but the COVID-19 pandemic has likely blown some of Apple’s plans to release new products and accessories.

Bloomberg doesn’t mention any details about this upcoming wireless charger from Apple, but the “ less ambitious ” term used by the publication suggests that the company’s next wireless charger will not be as capable as the AirPower. 

It could mean that this upcoming wireless charger may lose the ability to charge multiple devices at the same time or the ability to charge devices regardless of where they are placed on the surface of the charger.

AirPower , first introduced in 2017, was a wireless charging pad whose main feature was the ability to power iPhone, AirPods, and Apple Watch at the same time. Apple dropped the project in 2019 , due to overheating and reliability issues.

Aira , the startup cited in the Bloomberg report  , is developing a technology called “ FreePower ” that uses thin coils printed on a printed circuit board instead of traditional wire-wound coils. The result, Aira says, is a technology that doesn’t require specific device placement.

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