Cook: Apple Watch ‘designed’ to replace car keys

Nate Swanner - Feb 27, 2015, 12:48pm CST
Cook: Apple Watch ‘designed’ to replace car keys

We know enough about the Apple Watch to keep us interested, but there’s still a lot we don’t know. Even when it comes to pricing, we’re still in the dark a bit. Slowly, Apple CEO Tim Cook is leaking details about the Apple Watch, though. We’ve heard the water resistance might be better than expected, and now Cook is hinting that the Apple Watch will be “designed to be able to replace car keys”. Seems our days of all-in-one key fobs are coming to a close.

Cook didn’t let loose any details beyond that. We don’t know if the Apple Watch has any automotive partners they’re working with for this feature. A similar set of features is possible with Android Wear, where we see Hyundai working with the wearable.

It might be one that comes courtesy of CarPlay, though. Apple’s in-dash system for your car may get some Apple Watch linking, at least when it comes to the keyfob angle.

If it comes to pass as expected — wherein you’d use your Apple Watch to open your car, and possibly turn it on — Apple’s new wearable is going to empty your pockets in the best way possible. No wallet (Apple Watch is Apple Pay ready) and no keys leaves you with your phone and drivers license.

Whether or not Cook is just excitable about Apple’s new platform, or is hinting at things to come March 9 remains to be seen. For now, all we can do is observe and wait. Apple’s March 9 event is just around the corner, and their invitation gave a huge wink to the Apple Watch’s continued rollout, so we’ll just have to wait.

Source: The Telegraph

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