In brief: The extended delay of Apple's AirPower charging mat has opened the doors for the competition to craft better products. That's exactly what AT&T has done with the Power Drum, a multi-purpose wireless charging device that doubles as a portable charging bank.
AT&T is developing a multi-purpose charging solution designed specifically for Apple mobile devices.
Dubbed the Power Drum, the 2-in-1 wireless charger can simultaneously rejuice an iPhone sitting on top and an Apple Watch wrapped around the base. The device also serves as a portable power bank on the go, supplying juice from a 3,000mAh integrated battery when away from wall sockets.
With Apple’s AirPower wireless charging mat still MIA, the market is more than overdue for a solution. Quite frankly, AT&T’s Power Drum seems like the better product – at least, on paper – due to its flexibility as a portable power bank. It’s also going to be much more affordable, reportedly priced at just $99.99 versus the expected $161 to $193 cost of the AirPower mat (if and when it ever arrives).
Speaking of, we don’t yet have a launch date for AT&T’s charger although with CES 2019 just around the corner, I suspect we’ll hear more on this front in the coming days.