The Apple Watch charging disc shortage is reportedly affecting the ability of accessory makers to put new products in the hands of customers.
According to Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, accessory makers are scrambling to get their hands on the Apple Watch charging kit they need to put their own products in the hands of their customers.
It’s unclear why this is happening, but the shippers are likely suffering in the same way as other parties: COVID-19 production restrictions. Charging discs are Apple-owned parts, which means companies can’t just make their own. Instead, they have to use Apple’s kit and then integrate it into their own products to sell to customers.
Have you been waiting a while for an Apple Watch charger made by a company other than Apple? Well, you are probably not alone. Some smaller accessory companies told me that Apple’s proprietary watch charging discs, which are available for third-party companies to integrate, have been in short supply, delaying some shipments. It’s unclear what caused the shortage, but it could be another knock-on effect of pandemic-affected supply chain problems that have occurred over the past year.
Apple’s premium chargers don’t seem to be affected by any of this and you’ll still get one in the box when you order a new Apple Watch Series 6, for example.
Looking for a new accessory for your Apple Watch? These are the best Apple Watch accessories we’ve found. Hopefully the chargers are available to buy!