Despite a flood of smartwatches in the market, the Apple Watch has still received the most attention. And with the first major OS upgrade, along with new bands and watch faces, and even a version designed in partnership with Hermes, recently announced, that shows no signs of slowing down.
Just like all of the other iOS devices that preceded it, the Apple Watch has also managed to do something else that no other smartwatch has: spawned a wide range of third-party accessories for it.
From casings to mounts, here are 5 cool Apple Watch accessories that are currently on the market.
1.Griffin Survival Tactical Case
After dropping a serious amount of dough on an Apple Watch, the last thing you want is for it to break. This case offers three layers of protection, including molded TPE and polycarbonate to deflect and absorb impacts. It even has a screen cover to protect the watch face while still allowing you to use the Force Touch feature. It easily snaps on and off the Watch so you can put it on only when you really need it (for example, at the gym) and take it off when you don’t (like when you’re at home.) It comes in matching colours to the original Sport band, including white, black, blue, pink, and green. Chances are we’ll see colours to match the new bands soon enough. US$30
Always on top of the latest Apple gear, Griffin holds two devices on this list with its unique WatchStand, a dock that can be used to both charge and display the Watch when you’re not wearing it – perfect for the nightstand at bedtime, or to place on your office desk. Feed the charging cable through the angled cradle, and the MagSafe connector will snap onto it whenever you need to give the Watch a battery boost. And because it’s on a pedestal, you can still easily view notifications on the screen. US$30
As another option to protect this major wrist worn investment, these cases have a co-molded protective aluminum exterior with a rubber lining to prevent scratches and shock from an accidental drop. Like the Griffin case, they snap on, and come in a variety of colours. US$30
4.Satechi Apple Watch Mount
If you want to take your Apple Watch with you on a bike ride, take a spin on the treadmill, or if you’re out for a drive, you can mount the Watch with this accessory to still allow hands-free access and an optimal view of the screen. This lets you do everything from control music to activate Siri, answer calls, view incoming messages, or monitor your workout in real time. It rotates a full 360-degrees, and uses TPU material to ensure a secure grip. US$15
5.Native Union DOCK
This dock is meant specifically for charging the Watch at bedtime, designed to support the new Nightstand Mode included in the watchOS2 software update. Connect the Watch to the DOCK horizontally, and it will automatically enter this slumber-friendly mode, functioning as an alarm clock. Use the Digital Crown on the side to snooze if you need a few more minutes of rest. You canflip the Watch to a vertical view using the rotating aluminum arm of the accessory. And the cable is fed into the DOCK and locked into place to offer a clean look. US$60 (available starting September 28).