Apple Watch Magnetic Charging Dock makes you pay $79 for something that Apple should have given in the first place

On May’15 Mark Sullivan wrote his review of the Apple Watch, and he had something to say about the charging features of the device:

You can’t sleep with the Watch because you have to charge it every night. If Apple didn’t mean for you to be able to leave your Watch on while you’re sleeping, why did it include the alarm clock function?

On the Apple Watch Magnetic Charging Dock official description:

With the Apple Watch Magnetic Charging Dock, you can charge your Apple Watch in a flat position with its band open, or on its side. When docked on its side, your watch automatically goes into Nightstand mode, so you can also use it as your alarm clock.

Can’t you charge it in a flat position or on its side with the standard cable? It seems so. It seems the folks at Apple did read that review and had a good idea on how to sell a brand new accessory that makes you pay $79 dollars to get something you should get on the original package. Brilliant.

P.S.: There are other issues with the charging system. Dave Smith at Business Insider wrote about the charging cable:

Each Apple Watch comes with a 2-meter cable — I bought a 1-meter cable for the office — but both options are excessively long. Why not offer a fully retractable cable, where you can set the length yourself? Or better yet, why not a cute little charging cradle for each Apple Watch? This feels like a missed opportunity for Apple’s design geniuses.

There you go Apple. Two brand new ideas for accessories.

Source: The official Apple Watch magnetic charging dock is now on sale | The Verge

Author: Javier Pastor

Javier Pastor is a technology journalist that has been writing about tech since 1999. He started writing for PC Actual in Spain, the leading printed magazine in the country, and in 2006 started to write online. First as the Chief Editor for The Inquirer ES, and after that for MuyComputer until 2013. That year he became senior editor at Xataka, the leading tech news website in Spanish with over 5M uniques/month (Aug'15, comScore). Xataka is part of Weblogs SL, a blog network that gets over 40M uniques/month and that has a wide catalog of publications in Spanish. The Unshut is his new venture and allows him to express his opinions and thoughts on everything touched by technology, and follows what he has been doing at Incognitosis, his personal blog, since 2005.