Apple Watch Fast Charging to Be Mandatory for Accessory Makers

Apple has told Apple Watch accessory makers that they will have to switch to its fast-charging module, according to AppleInsider.

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Apple Watch fast charging was introduced with the Apple Watch Series 7 in 2021, enabling devices to charge rapidly from 0 percent to 80 percent in about 45 minutes. Apple apparently had shortages of the newer charging module at first, forcing some MFi accessory makers to use the older, slower technology. Going forward, Apple is focusing on production of fast-charging modules only.

Companies can continue to submit plans for accessories that include the original, non-fast-charging variant of the Apple Watch charger module (C162) until August 31, 2023. The C162 module supplied by Apple will no longer be available via its MFi program from September 30, 2023. Only the fast-charging module (C962) will apparently be available thereafter. Apple is believed to charge manufacturers more for the C962 module than its predecessor, meaning that some existing accessories could see price rises.

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mapsdotapp Avatar
9 months ago

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TheYayAreaLiving ?️ Avatar
9 months ago
Still waiting for AirPower from Apple.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
fwmireault Avatar
9 months ago

The irony, can’t believe this first party accessory still doesn’t support fast charging almost two years after its introduction
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
chrfr Avatar
9 months ago

has this actually been resolved?
There have been no revisions to the MagSafe Duo Charger; it still does not support fast charging of the Watch.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
jforsander Avatar
9 months ago
I'm expecting that Apple will release a new version of the MagSafe Duo alongside the new iPhones and Apple Watches this fall that switches from Lightning to USB-C and supports Apple Watch fast charging.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Rychiar Avatar
9 months ago

Series 5 was around the time when the faster charging was introduced. Anyone with older watches trying to charge today’s watches (with those old chargers) will experience the pain. :) I think a slightly faster cable than Series 5 was introduced within the last few years, but it’s not dramatically faster.
I dont think it existed til series 7
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