The thing is, if you’re interested in buying this you obviously already have a means of charging your devices. Is it worth almost paying the amount for new chargers again just because you want one dock that does it all? I think not in most cases. I understand Apple have struggled with their original take on this 2 years ago but Anker still isn’t proving 3 wireless charging products in 1 pad. Seems like they’re just cheating!!
I still think the price is high. By getting an all-in-one I would expect to save quite a bit.
I disagree with your assessment of pricing the lightning dock at $40. Yes that is technically how much it cost, but just getting a 5w charger and a lightning cable is much cheaper + 20 cents worth of plastic .
Once you do that it takes the price to around $99 max, and I still expect savings getting an all-in-one.
Personally I’m not willing to spend that kind of money for just convenience. I know for a fact that I don’t use watch charger daily so that’s gone. I don’t have airpods and don’t plan on getting one so that’s gone too. For a charger, I prefer wired anyway because I would remove the plug from charging socket when wireless charger isn’t being used. If I were in India, I would probably leave it in because we had switches on all sockets to shut it down when not in use unlike here in US
Lol no but if I did use my watch way too often to somehow drain it daily and had a wireless capable phone, I would probably look at the Pad+watch charger (forgot what the name is) since it’s cheaper anyway
$99 is still a lot, no matter how you try to justify it.
There are economies of scale of unifying disparate products.
Why, when OnePlus and Huawei are up around 40W of wireless charging, is Apple able to claim 7.5W is “fast” ? I think they mean it is faster than 5W.
Given Apple’s mediocre 7.5W wireless, the mediocre 18W wired, all the technology from Anker is older and so lower cost technology. There is no inherent reason for this to be $99.
My bicycle is fast, it can do 20mph, the first internal combustion engine car could only do 10mph.
I can see an issue for an Apple user that these all-in-one tend to end up not so useful as the set of technologies drift apart as they evolve at different speeds. iPhone will evolve slowly for wireless charging so may become less-bad 10W and current Qi standards are evolving to much higher, the Airpods, watch, etc all will evolve at their own differnet unique rates. So this all-in-one will become less-fit to your needs more than buying the discrete separate chargers and swapping each out as your devices evolve.
So I have a specific logical argument for these all-in-one and Apple.
As Apple is not innovating, it simply copies what Android has done a couple of years later, there is no risk, no uncertainty, of such Apple product evolution, simply look at Android and add a couple of years.
So the iPhone 7.5W max is inevitably going to go to at least 10W, all the technology is already existing, mature proven. So if you bought this 4-in-1 with its 7.5W, inevitably it will be dated when iPhone moves to 10W.
Similarly, the Lightning cable has its days numbered as USB-PD is moving on and is 100W so the 18W limit will be removed when Apple ditch the Lightning port. So strike 2, your 4-in-1 is dated in 2 interfaces. Similarly with the Airpods (although probably slower, smaller cells charge slower).
So if you buy a 4-in-1, you cannot peicemeal upgrade each component, so it becomes out-of-date faster and it quickly downgrades to 3-in-1, 2-in-1…
So I’d argue if you were to buy a 4-in-1, it needs to be substantially lower cost than $99.
I’d have a similar conclusion, for different reasons, with anything Android too. As Android is pushing innovation, it’s future is uncertain, there will be continual divergence from standards into proprietary, and so similarly you’d fine a 4-in-1 becomes 3 becomes 2 etc there also. Same conclusion from different causes.