Less than a day after leaked photos of the Apple Watch charging dock spread around the internet, Apple put the US$79 dock up for sale online and in Apple Stores. At the time of writing, although there was an image of the new Apple Watch charging dock in Apple’s local online store, there’s no word on local pricing yet.
Unlike many third-party watch stands, which are essentially charger accessories, the official dock comes with the inductive charging disc built-in. You plug the whole dock into a wall charger using the included Lightning cable. You can place your watch flat on top of the dock with the band undone, as you would on the standard charger it comes with, or you can raise the charging disc and wrap the watch around it to charge in Nightstand mode.
Why this matters: The dock is beautiful, to be sure. It’s also one of the more expensive Apple Watch charging docks on the market. Between this US$79 charging dock and the US$13 Siri remote wrist loop the company sells alongside the fourth-gen Apple TV, it’s beginning to look like Apple accessory pricing is out of control.
Of course, you don’t need a remote wrist loop or an Apple Watch charging dock. And if you really want a watch stand, we’ve rounded up some of our favourite third-party docks at various price points, including some that are more expensive than Apple’s official dock and don’t include an inductive charger in that cost. And there’s also the Belkin Valet that charges both an iPhone and Apple Watch together.
A new 30cm Apple Watch charging cable will cost you US$45, if you lose or break the one included with the watch.