Apple's charging pad faces supply chain delays, much like other innovations


The deal apple engineers have had to deal with a whole range of engineering and supply chain issues apple had hoped to have the product ready to launch this month but now apple is hoping for september essentially a full year after the air power device was originally announced the engineering challenges have to do with apples ambitious aim to have the pad power multiple devices simultaneously iphone air pieds and apple watch quoting from garments piece apple also wants users to be able to place any of their devices anywhere on the charging matt to begin charge that ambitious goal requires the company to pack the air power with multiple charging sensors a process that has proven difficult the people said the charter is based on custom charging technology gee which it intends to integrate with the key charging standard the company said last year the multi device charging mechanism is challenging to build because it likely requires a different sized charging components for the three types of devices which would overlap across the matt and quote so it seems that with complexity like that apple's engineers are just having a hard time keeping the pad from overheating also problematic is the custom chip that apple's putting inside the device that will run a stripped down version of irs itself this chip has proven to be buggy gherman ends piece by noting that every first generation of a new apple product that the company has announced in recent years has had one sort of delay or another the apple watch was announced in two thousand fourteen and was supposed to go on sale in early twenty fifteen but was supply constrained until the middle of that summer air pods were launched in two thousand sixteen and were slated to come out that ocober but if you'll recall they didn't go on sale until right before christmas and there were seemingly six weeks shipping delays for several months and the home pod announced june twenty seventeen slated for release in december twenty seventeen it ended up going on sale just this past february pretty huge ruling from the us supreme court today and a five to four decision the justices overturn a nineteen ninetytwo supreme court precedent that barred states from requiring businesses with no physical presence in that state to collect sales taxes in other words this is a ruling that will primarily affect ecommerce companies which might now have to collect sales taxes in whatever jurisdiction has them so there are several ways to think about this it's a win for states and local governments because the should turn on a new revenue tap that will be increasingly important as more and more commerce moves online the plaintiff in this case south dakota estimates it could take an additional fifty million dollars a year if it can now tax out of state merchants it can be thought of as a win for brick and mortar retailers because it takes away competitive advantage that online merchants have enjoyed over the entire period that commerce on the web has even been possible on twitter many have been saying that this is a triumph against amazon although that's a little bit of closing the barn door after the horses of already escaped sort of thing as warrior cop said on twitter too bad amazon already got a free ride for a few decades and got to unstoppable black hole size and quote and it should be noted that amazon has been paying state sales taxes for several years now but amazon can afford to collect and pay sales tax in the forty five states that have them things won't be quite so easy for smaller emergence think of the person who's selling t shirts on ebay for example it would be extremely complicated for small organizations to do business on the web if they have to conform with forty five different state tax laws one of the advantages of having a federal system of government is not having to deal with so many different tax regimes so perhaps it's not coincidental that shares in oetzi were down as much as four point four percent in trading today after the news broke as axios notes it's likely that congress will have to quote create national standards around interstate commerce to avoid a patchwork of state sales tax laws that could be difficult for retailers especially small businesses and quote but from a big picture tech angle you could also think of this as the supreme court actually catching up with the modern realities and changes that technology has wrought on society so from that perspective maybe this is a bit of progress a group called the car connectivity consortium announced yesterday.

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