Tim Cook says Apple Watch will replace electronic car keys, confirms Apple Store revamp

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  • Reply 21 of 201
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    Originally Posted by mstone View Post

     

    I wonder how it works with multiple cars?

     

    I chuckled at the "three-pat technique". That is me.

     

    wallet - check

    cell phone - check

    car key - check




    Half the time I'm patting to figure out which pocket has my keys. <img class=" src="http://forums-files.appleinsider.com/images/smilies//lol.gif" />

     

    That being said, I don't think my ?Watch will be starting my 2003 Taurus any time soon.

  • Reply 22 of 201
    Originally Posted by RalphMouth View Post

    My keyless car fob lasts for a year or more on a single battery.



    Geez, you might want to get that checked out. Mine lasted about ten before it died.

  • Reply 23 of 201
    flaneurflaneur Posts: 4,526member
    I think it stands for "Free On Board"?

    Ok, let me try: "Freight On Board"
  • Reply 24 of 201
    mstonemstone Posts: 11,510member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Flaneur View Post



    Ok, let me try: "Freight On Board"

    FOB is for losers.

     

    Real shippers use EXW. <img class=" src="http://forums-files.appleinsider.com/images/smilies//lol.gif" />

  • Reply 25 of 201
    Great now when they steal your stupid over priced watch they can steal your stupid over priced car at the same time.
  • Reply 26 of 201
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    Originally Posted by waterrockets View Post

     

    That's one thing I hate about electronic keys, is that the battery lasts for years.


    I assume this is sarcasm? I love the fact that they last for years. What if your 5 hour battery life Apple Watch loses battery, are you locked out of your car? Or if someone steals your Apple Watch they get your car at the same time. 

  • Reply 27 of 201
    mike1mike1 Posts: 2,678member
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by AstroFish View Post



    That looks rather like the Covent Garden store rather than the Regent Street store?

    As the caption says.

  • Reply 28 of 201
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by mstone View Post

     

    I wonder how it works with multiple cars?

     

    I chuckled at the "three-pat technique". That is me.

     

    wallet - check

    cell phone - check

    car key - check


     

    or... back in the day...

     

    Drugs

    Money

    Keys

  • Reply 29 of 201

    Apple would need to allow the Apple Watch to interface DIRECTLY with the vehicle through their existing systems. Remote unlocking via smartphone is handy for certain situations, but keyless entry needs to be instant. Nobody is going to wait around their car waiting for a signal from your watch/phone to a central server and then down to your car to open your doors. Even if it only took a couple seconds, that's still too long.

     

    I think it would be very difficult to implement this.

  • Reply 30 of 201

    I don't think they need to do much - they already have this fast charging technology

     

    "Your Apple lithium-ion battery uses fast charging to quickly reach 80% of its capacity, then switches to slower trickle charging. The amount of time it takes to reach that first 80% will vary depending on your settings and which device you’re charging. This combined process not only lets you get out and about sooner, it also extends the lifespan of your battery"

     

    https://www.apple.com/batteries/why-lithium-ion/

  • Reply 31 of 201
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    Originally Posted by MathieuLLF View Post

     

    I assume this is sarcasm? I love the fact that they last for years. What if your 5 hour battery life Apple Watch loses battery, are you locked out of your car? Or if someone steals your Apple Watch they get your car at the same time. 


    Ford's don't have this issue:

     

  • Reply 32 of 201
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    Originally Posted by Tallest Skil View Post

     



    Geez, you might want to get that checked out. Mine lasted about ten before it died.


     

    I'm pretty sure it's because I put in the cheapest batteries I can find online everytime.

  • Reply 33 of 201
    Originally Posted by TheWhiteFalcon View Post

    Ford's don't have this issue:

     


     

    Why, because the SYNC software they use is perpetually crashed? :p

     

    I had those buttons on my ’95 Nissan Quest. Also automatic seatbelts and a CD player. Thing was loaded. I was “ballin’”, as it were.

  • Reply 34 of 201
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Tallest Skil View Post

     

     

    Why, because the SYNC software they use is perpetually crashed? :p

     

    I had those buttons on my ’95 Nissan Quest. Also automatic seatbelts and a CD player. Thing was loaded. I was “ballin’”, as it were.




    That's because the Quest of that era was co-designed with Ford, that's also why it used the Ford standard 6x8 speakers.

  • Reply 35 of 201
    mstonemstone Posts: 11,510member
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by EricTheHalfBee View Post

     

    Apple would need to allow the Apple Watch to interface DIRECTLY with the vehicle through their existing systems. Remote unlocking via smartphone is handy for certain situations, but keyless entry needs to be instant. Nobody is going to wait around their car waiting for a signal from your watch/phone to a central server and then down to your car to open your doors. Even if it only took a couple seconds, that's still too long.

     

    I think it would be very difficult to implement this.


    I agree completely. Also, in addition to BT there is the normal wireless mode which is also useful and I don't think an ?Watch is going to be able to support that feature as that would probably require dedicated hardware. Furthermore, the key fob also is necessary when you leave your car at the dealer, valet or the car wash. You are not going to hand them your watch.

  • Reply 36 of 201
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by anantksundaram View Post

     

    I think it stands for "Free On Board"?


    If you're a refugee or illegal immigrant, it's slang for Fresh Off Boat.

  • Reply 37 of 201
    Originally Posted by TheWhiteFalcon View Post

    That's because the Quest of that era was co-designed with Ford, that's also why it used the Ford standard 6x8 speakers.

  • Reply 38 of 201
    cpsrocpsro Posts: 2,832member

    OT: Most often in commerce, FOB = Freight On Buyer.  The buyer is responsible for shipping.

  • Reply 39 of 201
    An electronic key feature matters little to me. My 30 year old car is as far behind that sort of technology as a Model T. But it is a feature that means Apple's watch can do things that most watches, including speciality watches, can't do. It'd be great if that feature were extended to home door locks and checkpoints at work.

    The downside is ominous. When your Apple phone dies, you won't be able to get in your car to drive home to charge it. You may end up stuck in a cold, dark, and scary parking lot late at night. Perhaps Apple should include an emergency mode that'll squeeze just enough power out of the watch battery for a car opening and start. Otherwise, people will still need to carry all their keys with them.
  • Reply 40 of 201
    mstonemstone Posts: 11,510member
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Inkling View Post



    The downside is ominous. When your Apple phone dies, you won't be able to get in your car to drive home to charge it. You may end up stuck in a cold, dark, and scary parking lot late at night. Perhaps Apple should include an emergency mode that'll squeeze just enough power out of the watch battery for a car opening and start. Otherwise, people will still need to carry all their keys with them.

    The thing is, if an ?Watch can open your car so could your iPhone presumably, since it has all the same capabilities as the watch.

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