Amid rumors that Apple is expected to launch the AirPower wireless charging base at any time, the company seems to have finally secured the rights to the brand.
The case began in mid-July 2018, when Apple while attempting to patent the AirPower brand, discovered that there was already a registry with this name, done months ago by Advanced Access Technologies.
For months Apple struggled to get the patent claiming that Advanced Access Technologies’ registration conflicted with other products already registered and launched by Apple, such as AirPlay, AirPort, AirPrint, and AirPrint.
The dispute occurred until Wednesday (20), when Apple then withdrew all its claims of justice, apparently giving up the case.
But, shortly after withdrawing from the dispute, an Apple lawyer was appointed as the trademark litigant, suggesting that Apple withdrew from the dispute because it agreed with Advanced Access Technologies to buy the trademark since the company would not be able to guarantee the brand before launching through the courts.
For now, Advanced Access Technologies still appears as the copyright holder, but Apple’s lawyer, Thomas Perle, is already in the process of changing the ownership of the Cupertino company’s rights.
The acquisition of the AirPower brand comes amid rumors of an imminent release of the accessory, and everything indicates that the launch is expected to happen in the coming weeks, along with iOS 12.2 – since it is the update of the operating system of the company that will allow the accessory function to recharge several Apple devices at the same time.
Apple is expected to launch AirPower, the notorious wireless recharging device for its products, as well as a new wireless case to recharge AirPods later this week between Thursday (21) and Friday (22).
The information comes from an unnamed source on the XDA Developers website, which also ensures that there will be no new hardware for the event scheduled for next Monday, March 25.
The information was posted on Twitter by journalist Max Weinbach, one of the site’s reporters.
According to what he says, Apple should follow the week by announcing a new iPod later on Wednesday (20), following the announcements with the wireless recharging case for AirPods tomorrow and AirPower the day after tomorrow.
Now, this is where things get shaky; no reliable source so far to tell those products might launch this week.
None of this was confirmed or denied by Apple, which, by its policy, does not comment rumors published in the press.
However, at least the information that the 25th event will be entirely focused on services and software seems to “crash” as the company made iPad ads this week and a new iPod has been popping up in runner talk.
Other news includes the arrival of the AirPods 2, Apple’s new version of the loose headphones, but this should only appear in September, with the arrival of the new iPhone models, according to Weinbach.
Rumors indicate that they will be visually the same as current headphones, but with fiberglass lining, to improve ear attachment.
They should also debut the “always on” function of the Siri virtual assistant.