Apple took a long time to embrace wireless charging, but when it did, it did it willingly: it updated its entire line of iPhones to support the technology and even announced a new case for its wireless headphones so that they too can be recharged in its new accessory, the charger AirPower.
Among all the devices supported by the accessory, the Apple Watch is the least we think it could bring some caveat to – the clock, after all, is the only one in the entire Apple line that already supports wireless charging “naturally” (it’s the only way to charge it, after all) since the its genesis. Contrary to what we thought, however, not all wearers will be able to take advantage of Apple’s new wireless charger.
This official page comparing the Apple Watch models on sale today shows that only the newest generation, the Series 3, supports AirPower charger. If you have the original watch, a Series 1 (which is still sold, let’s not forget) or a Series 2, you will be left out of the fun on the energized white surface of the accessory.
The reason for the limitation is not clear, but it is not difficult to imagine that AirPower, by bringing a feature different from the vast majority of accessories of the type – the possibility of charging several devices at the same time -, requires some special type of hardware in the devices compatible to work. This hardware, of course, is not present in models prior to the Apple Watch Series 3 (the chip identified as W2).
If you have plans to buy AirPower after its launch, promised for next year, it is good to keep this information in mind.