Apple to Allow Official Third-Party Apple Watch Stands With Integrated Chargers

Apple to Allow Official Third-Party Apple Watch Stands With Integrated Chargers

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Apple is reportedly planning to update its MFi program to allow official third-party Apple Watch stands and docks with integrated chargers, according to 9to5Mac sources.

Apple will soon let manufacturers in its Made for iPhone/iPad/iPod (MFi) licensing program include charging pads for the Apple Watch directly in their accessories, according to sources. Currently, dock makers can only offer charging by making unsightly openings in their docks for Apple’s official charger to sit, forcing users to bring their own cable and install it, and compromising an ideal design and user experience in the process. By making charging modules available to manufacturers to use, however, customers will be able to buy docks and stands with integrated chargers without needing to use their own.

Currently, Apple Watch stand designs are restricted by the need to create an area where users can insert their charging cable. The ability to seamlessly integrate a charger will bring more appealing and convenient products to market.

Although the charging component is available in 'sample quantities' to MFi partners, accessory makers are unable to submit product plans for approval, as of yet. It's thought that consumers will see stands with integrated chargers by the end of the year.

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