Move over Apple AirPower: Xiaomi just unveiled a version that actually works

Apple's AirPower as it was meant to work
Apple's AirPower as it was meant to work (Image credit: Apple)

Apple unveiled AirPower, its charging pad that let you power up multiple devices at once, in 2017 - but after two years of it not showing up anywhere, Apple officially canceled it in early 2019.

It seems, though, that another company has solved the problems Apple had - Xiaomi just unveiled its Smart Tracking Charging Pad, which lets you charge up to two devices wirelessly at the same time, and place them anywhere on the pad to do it.

So for example you can boost up your headphones and watch before a run, or you and your friends' smartphones simultaneously.

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Sure, dual wireless chargers exist already, but the catch with Xiaomi's is that it doesn't matter where you put your device on the pad - it'll power up regardless. Most other chargers won't power your phone properly if it's not placed in the perfect position, so Xiaomi seems to be solving a common wireless charging problem.

Rumors suggest Apple's AirPower fell apart because the company couldn't get the Apple Watch charging to work well, though others say it's because the AirPower pad heated up too much and Apple couldn't find a way to prevent that. The company hasn't commented officially on the rumors, and likely never will.

Clearly some companies found a way to avoid those issues, though, both Xiaomi and a few other smaller brands which offer alternatives. Those ones generally don't let you put your device wherever you want on the pad though, so Xiaomi's has an advantage.

The Smart Tracking Charging Pad was unveiled alongside a few other products like the Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra, Redmi K30 and Mi TV Lux, at a Chinese event. So we don't know for sure if the charging pad is coming to global markets, or when it will do so, but since the company does sell similar products in a variety of countries, it could come to many locations before too long.

Tom Bedford

Tom Bedford was deputy phones editor on TechRadar until late 2022, having worked his way up from staff writer. Though he specialized in phones and tablets, he also took on other tech like electric scooters, smartwatches, fitness, mobile gaming and more. He is based in London, UK and now works for the entertainment site What To Watch.

He graduated in American Literature and Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia. Prior to working on TechRadar, he freelanced in tech, gaming and entertainment, and also spent many years working as a mixologist. He also currently works in film as a screenwriter, director and producer.