iPhones, iPads, and even Macs are a lucrative hotbed for accessory makers, from cases to stands, battery packs to all-in-one charging solutions.
The Apple Watch's size, and the fact it's largely going to be on your wrist, would tend to limit the number of add-ons that will appear for it, but don't go thinking there aren't many. There are, and here are a few of our favourites.
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Native Union Anchor
This is about as simple as a Watch dock can be. A weighted zinc alloy square with a non-slip base made of silicon, it takes up hardly any more space than theApple cable, which you need to pop into the Anchor from underneath. The weight (91g, since you ask) secures the Watch effectively, though note that because the Watch must lie flat that it's not suitable for some bands such as the Milanese Loop or Link bracelets which need to be unclipped first. This is hardly satisfactory so plump for the Anchor if you have an openable band.
Native Union | £24.99 (around US$38, AU$50)
Elevation Lab NightStand
The NightStand is made of silicone so it's a perfect match for the Sports Bands. And it even comes in multiple colour choices, designed to match those bands. Choose from light blue, white, black, green and coral versions. It's not compatible with the Apple Watch Link bracelet, mind. A suction pad holds the Watch and stands together securely to the bedside table. The charging pad is angled at just off vertical so the Watch is easily read while you're in bed. It's designed so you can plonk the Watch down effortlessly, though note that you have to close the strap so the Watch sits in place.
Elevation Lab | £24.95 (around US$38, AU$50)
Beats Pill+ Bluetooth speaker
Playing music direct from your Apple Watch requires Bluetooth either in a speaker or headphones. This is the latest speaker from Apple's Beats division and has powerful, wide sound. Bring your Apple Watch cable and you can recharge the Watch while you play – it also comes with a Lightning cable included to charge an iPhone. The battery lasts 12 hours between charges. Put two speakers together to create a stereo pair. Hold down the Beats b button to pair and you're away.
Apple | £189 (US$229.95, around AU$390)
The Nomad Stand is made from aluminium so looks especially good in a glass-and-metal eighties household but works most places actually. The design is pleasing and it's well-built. It comes in available in space grey and silver so you can match it to your Watch case. Simplicity is the deal here so it's made from one piece of aluminium, aircraft-grade no less. A chunk of copper sits on the underside to hold the stand upright with a rubber covering so it holds fast even on slippy surfaces. Nomad explains that the aluminium is designed to be softer than the Watch so it won't scratch your Apple gadget.
Nomad | £49.95 (around US$59.95, AU$100)
Sena Leather Case
Sena makes brilliant leather sleeves for iPhones, iPads and more. This is a neat travel case that protects the Watch when it's in your luggage. It also works as a charging stand. It's compact and light, though there's a useful compartment in the base for the charging cord. This is handy when you're travelling in case there's no convenient surface to rest the Watch on in your hotel room, say. It also means that you can leave the charging cable permanently connected. The lid is magnetic, too, so you can be sure the Watch stays safely inside.
Sena | £69.95 (around US$105, AU$145)
MiTagg Power Station Lamp
If you're picking up an Apple Watch, you've already got an iPhone. And, if you've got an iPhone you might also have an iPad. All these products need frequent, aka nightly, charging and this set from MiTagg is looking like a great all-in-one solution.
There are dedicated points to plug in both an iPhone and an Apple Watch, while the company's own portable charger has a dedicated bay. The 2.4 amp USB port on the rear will give life back to your iPad in a few hours, while the lamp showers all you Apple gear in LED light.
MiTagg NuDock Power Station Lamp | £167 (US$249, AU$322)
Zagg Invisible Shield HD
The Apple Watch screen is pretty good at resisting scratches but if you want extra security, this lozenge of clear plastic sticks on top of the glass (or crystal sapphire). It's frankly a bit of a faff putting it in place, but there are supplied tools, exhaustive instructions and liquids to aid the perfect fit.
You swipe most of the air bubbles out and the rest disappear naturally. It also has self-healing properties so scratches to the surface vanish. Comes in two sizes, for the two Watch case measurements, natch.
Zagg | £14.99 (US$14.99, around AU$31.87)
Griffin Ultra Thick Case
Screen protectors tend to be flat because adhering to the Watch's curved edges is tricky. So if you opt for one, consider a case like this one which clips on and offers protection for those curved sides. The Griffin comes in three different versions, gold, silver and clear. In each pack you get three cases: polished metallic, matte metallic and see-through. So you can make your aluminiumWatch Sport look like a gold version. It's half a millimetre thick so adds little to the weight or size. The Digital Crown is still accessible while it's on and you don't' need to remove it to charge the Watch as it doesn't cover the back.
Griffin | £13.35 (US$19.95, around AU$26)
Calypso Timeless Moment
Fancy something classy to sit your Apple Watch on at night? The Timeless is a leather arch where the Watch rests – the charging cable puck presses into the middle of the Timeless from below, with a channel to hold the rest of the cable securely. Straps that unfasten can lie supine along the arch, like somebody doing a rather painful back exercise. If you have the Milanese loop or another band that doesn't unhook, you can lift the arch at one end and it can hang round the gizmo instead. Choose from orange, black, beige and Bordeaux red.
Calypso | £105 (around US$155, AU$215)
Beats Powerbeats2 in-ear headphones
Bluetooth headphones are the only way to play music from an Apple Watch, and if you're a fan of colour matching you'll love these, because Apple has developed them to match the Apple Watch Sport straps.
So these Bluetooth headphones come in blue, pink, green, white and black. They're sweat-resistant and have a microphone for hands-free calls. There are onboard controls to change volume or tracks.
Apple | £169.95 (US$199.95, AU$259.95)
There's a Watch app for the Withings security camera so you can live-stream video straight to your wrist, and receive alerts when there's noise or movement near the camera.
Since the camera has night vision capabilities and a wide-angle lens, you get to see quite a bit even on the Watch face. There are more features on the iPhone app, including time-lapse video and air quality monitoring. It's easy to set up and use.
Apple | £169.95 (US$199.95, AU$299.95)
The Apple Watch is still, in many ways, an unknown quantity. It's a completely new product and even when we've had it on our wrists for a few days or even weeks, we still won't know exactly how well the battery will last. External power packs are a must for the iPhone (especially if you're a heavy user) so the likelihood is that they'll become the same for the Apple Watch.
This particular one is sleek, moulded from aluminium and packs a 1,800-mAh battery. It looks like it could it have come from one of Apple's own design studios.It's a little 'DIY' though, as you have to use your own MagSafe charging cable, plug it into the battery and then wrap it around the interior to actually charge your Watch. Still, being able to juice up the wearable a few times in our pocket sounds good to us.
Nomad Pad | £40 ($59.95, AU$78)
Trainer by Gibson Ti100 in-ear headphones
Bluetooth headphones are a neat accessory for listening to music direct from your Watch, without the need for the iPhone too. So they're ideal if you're working out. This pair is tiny and very light (14g) but has a battery life of 6 hours 30 minutes, and you really should take a break after that much exercise, shouldn't you? There's an ear hook style of wearing it, for those particularly keen training sessions. If you fancy showing off at night, LED lighting at the back of the earphone (no, really) ensure you can be seen even in the dark.
John Lewis | £149.95 (around US$225, AU$300)
X-Doria Defense Edge
Protection and subtle design combine in this Watch case. It's gold. No, hold on, it's made of aluminium that's been coloured gold, not gold like the Edition Watches.
Still, if you move fast, you could maybe fool someone into thinking you splashed out £8,000 on the primo Watch. Maybe. There's a rubber lining to keep the watch safe inside. It's also available in silver colour, both for the 38mm version.
MobileFun | £20.99 (around US$32.65, AU$44.64)
Dodocase Charging stand
No, it's not actually made from a dodo, that would be ridiculous. It's an elegant way to keep your watch in an upright position while it charges. It's wooden, California Walnut, actually with a solid steel base that's weighted to keep theWatch secure. Even so, it's easy to lift and slide the timepiece from its resting place. The stand has a tight slot for the cable to go in and you can tuck in the charging plug and wrap the cable round it when you're travelling. There are neater solutions for travel, but this is a decent enough stand.
Dodocase | £67 ($99.95, around AU$140)
Twelve South HiRise
If you're a company that solely makes accessories for Apple products, you better have something ready for the Cupertino company's first brand-new product category since the arrival of the iPad five years ago. Luckily, TwelveSouth do.
It's a rehash of its older HiRise stands for iPhone and iPad (both of which we're huge fans of), but made to keep your Apple Watch charged up and visible when it's not attached to your wrist.Its aluminium body, available in either black or silver, is Apple-esque and the finish, especially the soft silicone coated edges that'll stop any scratches appearing when you lift up or set down the wearable, is certainly premium.
You'll need to provide your own MagSafe cable, so it's probably best to pick up a spare unless you want this to be your charging solution.
Twelve South HiRise | £33 (US$49.99, AU$65)
Native Union DOCK
We really like the sleek, minimalist design of the Native Union DOCK. It features a rotating arm allowing you to rotate the Apple Watch at the perfect angle, and it's made from matt graphite silicone and aircraft grade aluminium.
The dock doesn't just display your watch, it also charges it (using Apple's standard charger) and holds it in place magnetically. The design allows both portrait and landscape orientation, so it'll be perfect for the nightstand mode in WatchOS2.
Native Union | US$59.99 (around £38, AU$81)
Click - Watch band adaptor
We knew it was inevitable, but Apple ditching the standard 22mm watchband for something much more proprietary is still a blow. Especially to those of us who don't want to splash out £379 on the stainless steel link bracelet Apple is selling just to inject some metal into our watch.
Thankfully, the Click Adaptor exists. Slotting into the wearable, it lets you attach any regular 22mm watch strap you want. The only two colours available are silver and grey so if you're planning on rocking the gold Edition, this might not be for you.Another Kickstarter success story, Click has trebled its $30,000 goal and is on course for a release in August 2015.
Click | £8 ($12, $16)
Griffin Watch Stand
Like a shrunken down, and less feature-packed, version of the MiTagg NuDock Power Station Lamp we mentioned previously, Griffin's first Apple Watch accessory is a nightly home for the wearable and your iPhone.There's a lip on the front that'll prop up your smartphone, while a raised arm proudly hoists your Watch into full view.
You'll be able to attach the MagSafe charger, but it doesn't look like there's anywhere for the iPhone cable.Saying that, it is one of cheapest docking solutions we've seen so far for Apple Watch and while it's not constructed from metal the matte black plastic still looks good.
Griffin Watch Stand | £20 (US$29.99, AU$39)