I currently am an owner of a Pebble watch. I have absolutely no drive to convert to an Apple Watch however I am an Apple supporter. These new tactics that Apple is playing makes me livid. It was brought to my attention that Apple has rejected apps to the App Store that support the Pebble Watch.
According to a forum post on Pebble’s developer forum, SeaNav US iOS App received an email from Apple stating that their update to the App Store has been rejected. It states that because they support the Pebble Smartwatch and it states in their description and meta-data that they do, Apple will not be allowing it to be uploaded.
Check it out below:
“We noticed that your app or its metadata contains irrelevant platform information in the app. Providing future platform compatibility plans, or other platform references, is not appropriate for the App Store.
Specifically, your app and app description declare support for the Pebble Smartwatch.”
SeaNav was approved and has been updating their App on the App Store with no problems for nearly 2 years. It just appears to have started a day before the launch of the Apple Watch. Of course Apple has a history of rejecting iOS apps that mention rival platforms. So I’m really not exactly surprised to see Apple doing this, however the Pebble Smartwatch isn’t anything close to an Apple Watch. The things you can do with each are completely different.
SeaNav can, if they wish to, resubmit their update as long as they remove the support for Pebble Smartwatch in their app description as meta-data. Exactly how they are going to advertise to the Pebble users their product is going to be an interesting topic to address. Of course that goes for any app supporting Pebble. What I’m worried about right now is that when the official Pebble Smartwatch app needs to be updated, Apple will simply reject it also. Which would simply turn my smartwatch into just an electronic screened watch, as I have an iPhone that no longer supports it.
Do you have a Pebble Smartwatch or are you planning on getting an Apple Watch? How would you feel if you were one of the many Pebble owners who also have an iPhone? Me, I feel annoyed and upset that Apple would even consider them on the same scale. Let us know in the comments section below what you think Pebble should do to counteract Apple’s rejection letters.