Hidden AirPower image with iPhone XS and new AirPods discovered on Apple site

The AirPods page was updated yesterday to highlight the new features in the updated model and mentions the wireless charging case. However, the previously featured picture of AirPods and an iPhone X laying on the AirPower mat was removed in the redesign.

It turns out — there is actually a new never-before-seen official AirPower image hidden in the source code that was intended to be on the AirPods page. It shows the new AirPods charging case and “David’s” iPhone Xs laying on the as-yet-unreleased AirPower mat …

Thanks to Michael Bateman who originally tipped us off to the discrepancy. The US AirPods page does not include reference to the

but it exists on the Australian site.

The image doesn’t show up as the styling isn’t fully formed but we managed to pull the image straight off Apple’s servers. We’ve mocked up where it is meant to be placed on the page, if it was enabled:

Unsurprisingly, the image is meant to directly accompany the marketing copy that describes the how the wireless charging case works.

As a reminder, here’s what the old AirPower image looked like on the AirPods page, before it was removed.

The biggest difference is the switch from iPhone X to iPhone XS bubble wallpaper, but if you look more closely, the design of the on-screen charging interface has also been tweaked. The time is no longer visible and the ‘Charging Case’ label has been renamed to ‘AirPod Case’. The owner has also changed from Sam to David.

Many were expecting an AirPower announcement today, following the iMac, iPad Air/mini and second-generation AirPods, but that didn’t happen.

We aren’t sure when Apple is planning to announce the mat for real, but clearly the AirPods page was specially designed to be able to incorporate the AirPower mat when it is official. And the change of image asset certainly indicates continued development on the product.

Let’s hope they announce it soon.

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