eBay developing Apple Watch software with ties to iOS app

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in Future Apple Hardware edited January 2015
Apple Watch owners may never need to worry about being outbid in an eBay auction again, as a new job listing posted by the Internet auctioneer suggests advanced development of a bespoke Apple Watch app.

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Those familiar with eBay know that keeping tabs on live bids is crucial to winning an auction, and eBay is apparently working on a project that could potentially stream results directly to your wrist, according to a recently posted job listing for an Apple Watch software engineer. The ad first appeared on eBay's official careers webpage in November, but gained wider exposure when it was posted to LinkedIn earlier this month.

According to the ad, eBay's Apple Watch app is being developed by the company's New Technology Group as an augmentation of its flagship iOS app, much like other first-generation titles announced by Apple. It is unclear if eBay for Apple Watch will work untethered, that is without constant connection to an iPhone, but with the wearable's Wi-Fi capabilities, such an implementation is in the realm of possibility.

An ideal candidate will have five years of experience in software design and development and at least three years experience developing iOS apps object-oriented design patterns and principles. Development experience with Android or Windows 8 is considered a bonus.

Alongside Apple Watch apps, eBay's New Technology Group is tasked with developing solutions for CarPlay, Apple TV and other "opportunities within the Apple ecosystem." The division is based out of Portland, Ore. and has over 200 employees in its ranks.

Apple CEO Tim Cook said during the company's quarterly conference call on Tuesday that Apple Watch is scheduled to ship in April, just making a self-imposed "early 2015" deadline. The eBay job listing didn't specify if or when the Apple Watch app would be completed, but a two-month turnaround could be possible depending on feature depth and existing progress.

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  • Reply 1 of 7
    bobschlobbobschlob Posts: 1,074member

    …And so, it begins.   (spoken in my deepest James Earl Jones voice)

  • Reply 2 of 7
    pazuzupazuzu Posts: 1,728member

    No need to be outbid Right NOW with an iPhone in hand and the Ebay app or any browser. 

  • Reply 3 of 7

    Originally Posted by AppleInsider View Post



    Apple Watch owners may never need to worry about being outbid in an eBay auction again 


    It is unclear if eBay for Apple Watch will work untethered

    Auction ending in 5...4...3...

    Ah crap - where's the nearest hot spot?

  • Reply 4 of 7
    I'm more interested in what new ideas some of the indie developers will come up with for the ?WATCH. Especially if they are based on the features that are unique to the watch. I can't see there being much outside of health apps in this regard but hopefully someone will come up with a novel idea.
  • Reply 5 of 7
    richlrichl Posts: 2,213member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by AppleInsider View Post

    It is unclear if eBay for Apple Watch will work untethered, that is without constant connection to an iPhone, but with the wearable's Wi-Fi capabilities, such an implementation is in the realm of possibility.

     

    It won't unless eBay has access to a super-secret SDK. Apple Watch apps actually execute on the paired phone to conserve battery life. Only (some) assets and storyboards reside on the watch itself.


  • Reply 6 of 7
    iaeeniaeen Posts: 588member
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by RichL View Post

    It won't unless eBay has access to a super-secret SDK. Apple Watch apps actually execute on the paired phone to conserve battery life. Only (some) assets and storyboards reside on the watch itself.

    Do you have a source for this?

  • Reply 7 of 7
    richlrichl Posts: 2,213member
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    Originally Posted by iaeen View Post

     

    Do you have a source for this?


     

    Yes, the WatchKit developer guide:

     

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