If a new report is to be believed Apple may soon allow manufacturers in the Made for iPhone licensing program to integrate charging pads for the Apple Watch directly in their third party stands for the company’s first smartwatch. Existing docks and stands for the smartwatch allow for charging through openings for Apple’s official charger with users having to bring their own cable to install it.
This arrangement ends up compromising the user experience and doesn’t play well with the third party product’s design, naturally the right way would be to allow those manufacturers to integrate their own charging pads for the device.
When Apple allows manufacturers to do this they will be able to integrated chargers within the docks and stands, for customers this would mean ease of use since they wouldn’t have to go through the installation process on their own.
Manufacturers will thus have more flexibility when designing these products and they’ll be able to get more creative with the designs for their products.
Apple has reportedly provided the charging pad component in sample quantities to MFI partners but it’s still not allowing them to submit official plans for accessories including the charging pad for approval just yet.
This means it could take some time before third party docks and stands with integrated charging pads for the Apple Watch come to market.