Pebble Time smartwatches are now shipping to users who backed the company’s latest creation via Kickstarter. But the bad news is that those early adopters will not be able to use their watch with an iPhone, after it emerged that Apple has yet to approve the device’s dedicated app.
A bug fix for the Pebble Time app was submitted to Apple on May 22nd, but since then Pebble has not heard anything from Cupertino’s approvals team.
To make matters worse, the current app for the original Pebble smartwatch can't be used with Pebble Time either.
That’s because that app is also being held up in the approvals process after Pebble submitted an update in April, meaning the smartwatch-maker is unable to add support for its new timepiece.
On its Kickstarter page, Pebble wrote: “This unexpected circumstance pains us as much it does backers with watches ready to set up.
"We're doing all we can to mitigate the delay and make Pebble Time Watch for iPhone available for download.”
Why Apple has failed to approve the app is unclear. It may have broken its strict rules, although this seems unlikely as an earlier version of the Pebble Time app was green lit by Apple on May 18th, before Pebble submitted its latest bug fixes.
More likely it is now actively preventing the use of rivals to its own, in-demand Apple Watch. It remains to be seen if Apple issues these updates or sends Pebble back to the drawing board.