More than a year and a half after it announced it would release a wireless charger capable of concurrently powering up an iPhone, Apple Watch and AirPods, Apple on Friday said it had thrown up its hands in defeat.

In a statement released Friday, Apple's senior vice president of hardware engineering, Dan Riccio, said the company had concluded that its AirPower wireless charger "would not achieve our high standards," so it canceled the project.

"We apologize to those customers who were looking forward to this launch. We continue to believe that the future is wireless and are committed to push the wireless experience forward," Riccio wrote.

Apple did not address Computerworld inquiries about what technical issues crippled AirPower or if the company plans to take a different tack to develop a wireless charger.

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