Apple Name-Checks BMW During Reveal Of The New Apple Watch (But Where Was CarPlay?)

September 10, 2014

Yesterday, Apple unveiled its highly anticipated iWatch -- which, for better or worse, is actually called "Apple Watch". What'll it do for drivers? We're not entirely sure, but Apple dropped some intriguing hints.

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Apple Watch won't be ready for consumers until early 2015, but the company shared a few preliminary details about its first wearable device. For example:

Oh, and one more thing: BMW has developed an app for it.

The Verge's liveblog of the unveiling captured Apple's Kevin Lynch zipping through some of the apps that will launch on Apple Watch. In the process, the magazine nabbed a screenshot of a BMW app, which is designed to work with the automaker's electric cars like the i3. As you'll see in the image above, the app shows the vehicle's battery charge level, gives an estimate of range remaining, and indicates that the doors are locked. 

It appears that there are at least eight screens within the app, so the number of features on offer could be substantial. Like many people, we found Apple's livestream glitchy, so we couldn't catch all the details, but The Verge reports that the app will also include a mapping function to remind you where you parked your car. (For late adopters, just look to the nearest charging station.)

One thing that doesn't appear to have been mentioned at all during yesterday's event was Apple's CarPlay infotainment system, so we have no way of knowing how or even if Apple Watch will act as an interface for it. Since both CarPlay and Apple Watch need an iPhone to work properly, there's no reason that Apple Watch would have to serve as an intermediary device -- but then again, there's no reason that it couldn't, either.

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