UBER has put the brakes on Apple devices used by millions of people across the world.
The ride hailing giant is giving up on Apple Watch, meaning those who want to get a lift will need to look elsewhere.
もちろん, users can still do what they need from the tradition mobile iOS app, so all is not lost.
But it’s a car-crashing blow for Apple’s wearable business, which is used on more than 100 million wrists.
Uber was one of the major launch apps on Apple Watch when it burst onto the scene in 2015.
It has always been quite limited though, not allowing things like pooling, fare splitting, the ability to share an estimated arrival time, and not even a way to contact your driver.
Users have started receiving a message from the app that says: “Please switch to the Uber mobile app.
“我々 [です] no longer supporting the Apple Watch app.
“Sorry for the inconvenience.”
The firm is yet to explain why the app is driving off, though we assume it’s down to poor usage.
For the moment, it’s still listed on the App Store – that’ll probably be binned too.
Uber pulled its WearOS app for Android-based smartwatches way back in 2019.
But the move will come as a shock to Apple, given that its watch is the most popular wrist wearable around.
Uber isn’t the first to head for the hills either – the likes of Amazon and eBay pulled their apps years ago.
Google did the same for its Maps app too, but later decided to reinstate it.
So it seems people are more interested in core features, like notifications and fitness, rather than all the extra stuff.
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