It turns out that Apple will indeed release its own wireless charging pad, but the accessory won’t be released until 2018.
The iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X will be compatible with all accessories based on the Qi wireless charging standard. After Apple introduced the iPhone 8, it appeared the company wouldn’t get involved in creating a wireless charging pad. Apple gave the impression that it would leave iPhone 8 owners to purchase a third-party accessory to charge their phones without wires. But, when the iPhone X was covered, Apple pivoted near the very end and showed the AirPower.
Apple’s AirPower is a large wireless charging pad capable of fitting multiple devices. An iPhone X, Apple Watch, and AirPods can fit on single AirPower for simultaneous charging.
The AirPower was created because current wireless charging pads, regardless of the standard, aren’t prepared to charge multiple devices with full power being distributed. So this is Apple’s proprietary solution for wireless charging. And, while it is an in-house technology, the company does plan on giving it to other companies creating wireless charging pads.
A release date for the AirPower wasn’t provided, but Apple quietly mentioned it’ll arrive sometime next year.