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Cord-Free Apple Watch Charging Stands Coming (Report)

The wait for an official Apple Watch charging stand might be over soon. Apple is said to be expanding its Made for iPhone/iPad/iPod (MFi) licensing program to include its new smartwatch, which will allow accessory manufacturers access to the company's own charging modules.

9to5Mac has noted that we should not expect to see these stands in the near future, as the charging component is only available in "sample quantities for MFi partners, and plans for any peripherals that use the module can't be submitted for approval yet." The report says to expect the first Apple Watch charging accessories to ship by the end of the year. This would be a welcome change to the Apple Watch stands available now, which force users to insert and install Apple's own charging cable by hand.

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Apple's "Made for" stamp of approval helps customers distinguish between accessories that have been vetted by Apple, and ones that were just produced and sent right to market.

These potential new charging stands may matter most to the more frugal Apple Watch owners, since the $10,000 to $17,000 gold Edition version of the timepiece comes with a magnetic charging case. If approved, you can probably expect to see officially licensed Apple Watch docks and stands pop up in the company's retail and online stores by the end of 2015.

Henry T. Casey is a staff writer at Tom's GuideFollow him on Twitter @henrytcasey. Follow us@tomsguide, on Facebook and on Google+.