An Update on AirPower »

Mark Gurman, writing at Bloomberg:

Company engineers have been toiling away to address problems. One challenge is making sure the charger doesn’t overheat. Another is the complexity of the circuitry, according to people familiar with the device’s development.

Then there’s this:

The AirPower charger is also more advanced than the current competition because it includes a custom Apple chip running a stripped down version of the iOS mobile operating system to conduct on-device power management and pairing with devices. Apple engineers have also been working to squash bugs related to the on-board firmware, according to the people familiar. They asked not to be identified discussing a product that hasn’t been released yet.

Gurman says that Apple hopes to ship the charging mat by September, a full year after it was previewed.

I don’t think I’m in the market for this when it does ship. I like my mophie chargers a lot, and I use my Apple Watch in a stand that makes Nightstand Mode about the most adorable thing in my house.

Connected #198: The Prompt »

This week is the fifth anniversary of Myke, Federico and I recording together. To celebrate that, we did what we do best: talk about iOS betas, ponder photo management and screw up a round robin. This is a really fun episode.

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Query 33: Screen Time Dread »

This week, things get nerdy on Query:

Ren got to play with a Logitech Crayon, and Stephen has been thinking about the Mac App Store.

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Liftoff #75: Not a Guy, a Box »

This week on Liftoff:

Jason and Stephen talk about President Trump’s call for a Space Force, then Opportunity’s struggle against a Martian dust storm and Peggy Whitson’s retirement from NASA.

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The Last of Its Kind: The Power Mac G5 »

Yours truly, over on MacStories:

In every way, the Power Mac G5 was more than the G4 it replaced. It was bigger, more expandable and faster.

Of course, we know the trouble that came with that power — the inability to ever ship a G5-powered notebook. Even with that cloud hanging over it, this tower brought a lot to the table worth talking about.

Connected #197: Retire Hate for Negative Love »

This week on Connected:

Recovered from WWDC, Myke previews his summer’s work, Federico shares what he knows about Shortcuts and Stephen gets nerdy about Dark Mode in macOS Mojave.

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