Apple Watch Edition to get Moto-360-like wireless charging stand
Yesterday’s Apple Watch launch offered plenty of reasons for smartwatch fans to take note, and among the wearable’s many interesting features, we caught wind of the fact that it charges through wireless induction technology. Apple wasn’t doing much to call attention to this fact, but the details were undeniable. Still, it didn’t look much like any wireless system with which we were familiar, and instead of any kind of dock or charger pad, instead we saw a tiny inductive coil that snapped right on to the back of the Apple Watch with the help of some powerful magnets. So really, it may be wireless charging underneath, but it sure doesn’t appear a hell of a lot like wireless charging on the surface. At least, that’s the case with the regular Apple Watch. As we learn more about the premium Apple Watch Edition model, we’re hearing about a charging system that sounds quite similar to the sort of dock the Moto 360 uses.
Instead of that magnetic, inductive puck at the end of a long cable, the Apple Watch Edition will offer users a charger integrated right in to the wearable’s packaging. Reportedly, the Edition will arrive in a “gorgeous jewelry box” with a Lightning connector around back and a vertically-mounted charging pad within. Plug that box in to a power source, and you’ve got a wireless charging station: simply drop the Apple Watch on the pad, and you’re good to go.
If that previous news wasn’t enough to convince you that Apple is serious about wireless charging, this may help clarify the situation: even if the company isn’t making a big deal to point out these wireless abilities, the charging station it’s creating sounds functionally identical to those that wear their wireless badge on their sleeves. We just wish we had an image of this Apple Watch Edition charger in action, but that will have to wait for later.