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Apple Removes eBay From Featured Apple Watch Apps Website [Updated]

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Apple has quietly removed the eBay app from the list of featured Apple Watch apps on its website in the United States, exactly two weeks after the launch of the Apple Watch. While eBay was the only app listed on Apple's page that has yet to be updated with Apple Watch support, it's unclear whether the removal is simply to avoid confusion by limiting mentions to apps that are available or if issues have arisen recently that will significantly delay eBay's Apple Watch support.

All other apps listed on the featured Apple Watch apps page are already available on the App Store, so Apple possibly removed eBay temporarily to avoid misleading customers. eBay remains a featured Apple Watch app on Apple's regional website for Canada in what is likely an oversight that should be addressed shortly.
"The world's largest marketplace is now closer and more convenient than ever," the app description read on Apple's website, before the featured listing was removed today. "eBay for Apple Watch helps you stay on top of the auctions you're watching. It can send outbid notices and other notifications directly to you, so you can react immediately."
A few months ago, Apple removed award-winning healthy eating app The Whole Pantry from the App Store and its featured Apple Watch apps page amid allegations that its creator Belle Gibson faked having cancer to benefit her cause, accusations that later proved to be true. Gibson also failed to donate thousands of dollars collected during fundraisers to charities.

Update 11:45 AM Pacific: MacRumors spoke to eBay and confirmed that the eBay Apple Watch app has not been delayed or abandoned. It will be available in the coming weeks, but was removed from Apple's page due to the fact that it was the only app that wasn't yet available for download.

Article Link: Apple Removes eBay From Featured Apple Watch Apps Website [Updated]
 

crashoverride77

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LOL, eBay and apple watch support? They haven't even updated their app for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus yet nor have we got widgets like it was shown at WWDC. It has been what, like 7 months since iOS 8 was released.

Have they got 1 developer because the PayPal app is not looking much better either.
I think Apple should put more pressure on big developers to update their apps because it's ridiculous how long some of them take/took to update. Even continuity has been added to like 5 apps.

Some developers on the other hand are always up-to-date and also include the latest features and they should get a damn award from Apple.
 
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Zorn

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eBay can't even deliver an app that renders properly on the iPhone 6 & 6 Plus, and those came out 8 months ago. I'm sure they will offer Apple Watch support sometime in 2017.
 
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RumorsChick6

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Used to work there, this is no shock at all

I used to work at this retarded company and let me just say, this doesn't surprise me AT ALL. NOT AT ALL.

Their development team is about as dumb as they come. All about quick fixes and is as about as slow as can be, and they're laying off employees left and right and don't really care how major things like this are affecting their business. Just another important moment where they're dropping the ball and why they can't attract talent.

As soon as they split from PayPal, I hope their stock plummets because they need a wakeup call. Even with something important like this, they still can't get their s*it together.
 
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WordsmithMR

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Not surprised

2 paragraphs stating the same thing reworded, a random quote regarding the app, ending with a paragraph about the removal of a random app. This was a literary rollercoaster ride.

On topic: eBay is always very slow with their updates. Apple really shouldn't have bothered with featuring any apps that hadn't already been submitted for AppleWatch support
 
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crashoverride77

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eBay can't even deliver an app that renders properly on the iPhone 6 & 6 Plus, and those came out 8 months ago. I'm sure they will offer Apple Watch support sometime in 2017.

Lol said the same above your comment. Ebays (PayPal) developers are jokers. PayPal is screaming for Touch ID integration.
 
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crashoverride77

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2 paragraphs stating the same thing reworded, a random quote regarding the app, ending with a paragraph about the removal of a random app. This was a literary rollercoaster ride.

On topic: eBay is always very slow with their updates. Apple really shouldn't have bothered with featuring any apps that hadn't already been submitted for AppleWatch support

7 months is more than slow. In that timeframe they could have probably written an eBay app from scratch 5 times over.
 
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RumorsChick6

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Lol said the same above your comment. Ebays (PayPal) developers are jokers. PayPal is screaming for Touch ID integration.

They're 2 completely separate teams of developers. Separate buildings, separate people that don't really communicate much if at all. Really just seem to be tied together on paper (for the time being) . Definitely not the same group creating the same apps, not to say that PayPal's app isn't a joke. Just wanted to make the distinction.
 
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snebes

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I used to work at this retarded company and let me just say, this doesn't surprise me AT ALL. NOT AT ALL.

Their development team is about as dumb as they come. All about quick fixes and is as about as slow as can be, and they're laying off employees left and right and don't really care how major things like this are affecting their business. Just another important moment where they're dropping the ball and why they can't attract talent.

As soon as they split from PayPal, I hope their stock plummets because they need a wakeup call. Even with something important like this, they still can't get their s*it together.

I agree with you 100%, except with this being a "major" feature. I doubt the watch "app" will be anything but notifications.
 
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rickdollar

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Although I detest ebay's iPad app, and their rates seem to be ever-increasing, it is pretty cool getting tapped on the wrist when I get a bid.
 
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ArtOfWarfare

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I think Apple should put more pressure on big developers to update their apps because it's ridiculous how long some of them take/took to update. [...]

Some developers on the other hand are always up-to-date and also include the latest features and they should get a damn award from Apple.

Apple events are viewed by a lot of people - it's definitely a huge plus for a small company to get some stage time. Apple should definitely use this as a reward system for good companies / app developers.

They can use it as a punishment to stop giving stage time to companies with lousy apps, like eBay. I'm pretty sure it hurts eBay more than it hurts Apple to do that.
 
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usarioclave

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eBay can't even deliver an app that renders properly on the iPhone 6 & 6 Plus, and those came out 8 months ago. I'm sure they will offer Apple Watch support sometime in 2017.

eBay seems to be fine on my iPhone 6.
 
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No matter how slow ebay is in writing apps, it can't be any slower than Apple is at producing watches. Still waiting on mine and very not happy about it.
 
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iamMacPerson

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eBay seems to be fine on my iPhone 6.

It may be fine, but all it's doing is rendering an iPhone 5 app to take up the entire screen. That's why so many elements look oversized and fuzzy on the 6 and 6 Plus, particularly on the 6 Plus.

What really ticks me off about eBay's app development is the fact that like a month after the 6/6 Plus came out they had a major update to the iPad app which was working just fine and remove features I liked, like night mode. I wouldn't hold my breath for an Apple Watch app anytime soon. I just wonder where my 13% fee is going each time. Certainly not towards app development.

To add insult to injury, eBay was one of the first apps released when Apple opened the App Store. Sad to see how far it hasn't come.
 
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CrAkD

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Yeah no widget no wat h app. I can't even get into PayPal invoices on the app I have to login on the website.
 
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RumorsChick6

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I agree with you 100%, except with this being a "major" feature. I doubt the watch "app" will be anything but notifications.

All things mobile are a big deal for them, as they are for any other company. Maybe more for them because you often can't just return to a sale later when it's about to end, and having access to your sales wherever you are is an opportunity for them. They're seen a huge shift in business moving to their apps and sales via mobile web.

Their biggest problem is people going to the site and leaving, so if mobile keeps people active and making purchases of any kind, that's what they're shooting for. They need all the business they can get right now.

I've heard that the app will be more than notifications, but wouldn't be surprised if it wasn't. The always overshoot and under deliver. Long story short, there isn't enough talent on that development team to make this worthwhile anyway. Not when half of them are out for the day at 3:30 or 4pm. At least they seemed to be every time I tried to get a hold of them!
 
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willisbr

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The iPhone app isn't even updated. An Apple Watch app would be laughable.

Where in the hell is the 10% money rake in fees going?!!!
 
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Sasparilla

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The iPhone app isn't even updated. An Apple Watch app would be laughable.

Where in the hell is the 10% money rake in fees going?!!!

I believe its 10% when you sell something as only a Buy It Now, when you do an auction (with or without the Buy It Now option) its closer to 20% - then tack on the PayPal fee (which they own).
 
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WordsmithMR

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The iPhone app isn't even updated. An Apple Watch app would be laughable.

Where in the hell is the 10% money rake in fees going?!!!

Seriously. Damn near 20% commission and no support? A bit ridiculous. What is worse is if you logically think about it, people would be buying/selling more if the apps functioned better. Which would put more money in their pockets in the long run.
 
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RumorsChick6

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Seriously. Damn near 20% commission and no support? A bit ridiculous. What is worse is if you logically think about it, people would be buying/selling more if the apps functioned better. Which would put more money in their pockets in the long run.

Trust me, working on the inside, this is not a company that cares about anything in the long run. That's a little too smart for them, the old tech guys who're being replaced left and right by someone even more incompetent. They've mastered the art of putting a band-aid on problems and get frantic when things like this happen.

The conversation we're having here are ones I used to have with my old coworkers on a daily basis. Now I just revel in their misfortune since I happily don't have to suffer through it!
 
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BillyTrimble

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No matter how slow ebay is in writing apps, it can't be any slower than Apple is at producing watches. Still waiting on mine and very not happy about it.

It's very hard for me to resist commenting when I see a completely unrelated comment made in a thread simply as a way for the poster to moan and groan about the troubles in his life.

It's not really possible to compare the speeds of Apple producing watches to the speed of eBay writing apps. They really are two completely different things. You might want to send an email to Tim Cook. I'm sure when he reads of your distress over not receiving your watch he will immediately rectify the situation. BTW, I believe there is a moan and groan thread in the Apple watch section for you to visit. Thanks.
 
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liuping

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It may be fine, but all it's doing is rendering an iPhone 5 app to take up the entire screen. That's why so many elements look oversized and fuzzy on the 6 and 6 Plus, particularly on the 6 Plus.

There is nothing over sized or fuzzy in the ebay app on my iPhone 6 Plus. It looks fine.
 
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