Apple Expanding Made for Apple Watch Program to Include Stands With Integrated Chargers

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    While the release of the Apple Watch has seen a boom in third-party docks and stands for the device, those accessories have needed the stock charger that Apple supplies to charge the Apple Watch. However, Apple will soon allow manufacturers to make official third-party Apple Watch docks and stands with integrated chargers, according to 9to5Mac.

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    Mophie's Watch Dock with non-integrated Apple Watch charger​

    The change is coming for manufacturers in Apple's Made for Apple Watch program, which is similar to the Made for iPhone/iPod/iPad program, known more simply as the MFi program. This will allow manufacturers to obtain the charging pad at the end of the Apple Watch charging cable so that they can install them in their dock and stand accessories. Previously, users had to insert their own charging cables into third-party stands and docks, making those products a little complicated to set up.

    However, the charging components are currently only available in "sample quantities" and official plans for accessories with integrated chargers cannot be submitted for approval. It's unknown when the first Apple Watch docks and stands with integrated chargers will be available.

    Article Link: Apple Expanding Made for Apple Watch Program to Include Stands With Integrated Chargers
     
  2. aberrero macrumors 6502a

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    As much as MFi seems like a money grab at first, it is nice to not have the frustrating and awful experience of data cables that result in data loss, slow charge speeds, and the various other problems that microUSB cables suffer from. On the other hand, it would be nice to not pay $20 for a cable, or $29 for a watch charger.

    Every (uncertified) third-party apple watch band I've purchased has fitment issues. None have fallen off, but none of them are as flush with the case as Apple's first party bands are. I just wish it didn't cost so much more (like, 3-10x more) to get good quality stuff.
     
  3. Zxxv macrumors 68040

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    I could rewrite this article but the short version is

    - if you don't pay apple for certification (adding to the overall cost of your product that you pass onto the customer) your charger won't work (as apple flip the - this accessory is not supported switch - in watch os like they do in iOS)
     
  4. nutmac macrumors 68040

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    I applaud the move but I think Apple should make a first party Nightstand-friendly stand of its own.
     
  5. MacDarcy macrumors 65816

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    I still don't get the appeal of the apple watch. I really don't see it as a must have device at all. I have zero desire for one. But that's me.
     
  6. dannyyankou macrumors 604

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    Then it's not for you. Plenty of people get a lot of use out of it.
     
  7. samcraig macrumors P6

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    I must be tired - because it took me a few reads of the headline to get what was meant. Surely there could have been quotes or something around "Made for Apple Watch" :)
     
  8. whattheheckwhattheheck macrumors newbie

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    great.. so now with integrated charger.. this mophie piece of crap will be $125 and not $59 .. stupid.. the MFi program is a money grab no matter how you look at it - its a closed system - and with cult following.. must.. pay.. the.. money.. now.. (distant gaze)

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    Mophie's Watch Dock with non-integrated Apple Watch charger

    The change is coming for manufacturers in Apple's Made for Apple Watch program, which is similar to the Made for iPhone/iPod/iPad program, known more simply as the MFi program. This will allow manufacturers to obtain the charging pad at the end of the Apple Watch charging cable so that they can install them in their dock and stand accessories. Previously, users had to insert their own charging cables into third-party stands and docks, making those products a little complicated to set up.

    However, the charging components are currently only available in "sample quantities" and official plans for accessories with integrated chargers cannot be submitted for approval. It's unknown when the first Apple Watch docks and stands with integrated chargers will be available.

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  9. Arran macrumors 601

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    Not true. It likely is for him. The difficulty for Apple is that it's impossible to fully appreciate that fact until you've actually owned one for some time. Then it's a no brainer.

    The stands, OTOH, I really don't get. Why does the watch need to be held up high at an angle while it's is predominantly off and you're asleep. It doesn't even flash notifications when it's off your wrist.

    A stand just seems like top-heavy clutter on your nightstand: Something else to knock over.
     
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    Em.....because.....?
     
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    I thought they'd discontinue the Apple Watch after the
    I'm pretty sure they will, once they stop selling phones, computers and other stuff. You're smart :) .
     
  13. macs4nw macrumors 601

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    When more of the useful (and specifically standalone) Apps become available, it may grow on you.
     
  14. viachicago22 macrumors 6502

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    Have we seen any official Made for Apple Watch bands yet?
     
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    I doubt you will, since the bands are a large income source. Also I can imagine that they want to keep the look and style limited to their own designs.
     
  16. DanielSw macrumors 6502

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    It's not top-heavy clutter.

    Many people buy the Apple Watch with the $50 Sport band.

    Many owners who want such a charging stand will want to place their watches on the stand with the band open and hanging down. The longer strap half hangs down about six inches from the watch body. So the stand wants to be about that tall.

    Such a stand would result in LESS clutter, because, when I put my watch on the charger on a flat surface, I have to spread the open straps out flat, and that takes up a lot of space. A stand would be nice.
     
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    Having purchased a non-MFI lightning cable, I only buy MFI accessories.

    The cable worked 50% of the time, and wound up in the garbage.
    (*edit*) The 3rd Party MFI cables have worked flawlessly.
     
  18. Arran macrumors 601

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    No. It's more clutter because it's an additional object that's physically present on your nightstand. But it might use less real-estate - I'll give you that.

    But how does this new "Nightstand Mode" in watch OS2 figure into it? The watch needs to be on it's side and quite stable so you can, bleary-eyed, and with impaired fine motor skill, whack the crown straight DOWN to see the time at 4 AM.

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  19. BillyTrimble macrumors 6502a

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    Your response has nothing to do with the topic of this thread. Just why did you feel it necessary to make your post? No one really cares that you don't like the watch! Please take your don't like comment to the "don't like" thread. Thanks.
     
  20. Binarymix, Jul 22, 2015
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    Hmmm, how about you reach out, place your thumb under the lower side, and press your crown with your index finger?

    Takes about the same effort as me fumbling around in the dark to flip my alarm switch off and on. (*edit - I see you meant to see the time, not after the alarm has gone off, but a voice command could work for that also)

    Maybe there will be a voice command: *"What time is it", "Alarm off", "Snooze" or "LEAVE ME THE @#$% ALONE" - There should be. It's plugged in anyways, the mic could listen all night.

    I submitted the voice command idea as feedback to Apple. Maybe they'll listen?!
     
  21. BillyTrimble macrumors 6502a

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    Very smart and intelligent. You'll go very far once you get out of adolescence. And if Apple did go out of business, who would you and your friends have to bash?
     
  22. balconycollapse macrumors regular

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    I wish they'd stop making cases with a hole cut out of the back to show the Apple logo!
     
  23. RealKrS macrumors regular

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    The stands likely are for you. It's just impossible to fully appreciate that fact until you've actually owned one for some time. Then it's a no brainer. :)
     
  24. Prattdizzle macrumors member

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    Actually nightstand mode turns on at the slightest of movements of the watch. In fact all I do is lightly tap my bedside table and the time is displayed... It is and extremely useful feature and also the friends button is now the off button for the alarm whilst the crown is the snooze button.
     
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    Yeah not sure how nightstand mode will effect the current stands that hold the watch in the portrait view and being apple certified
     

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