Official: Apple Watch Will Bring BMW i3, i8 Electric Car Monitoring to Your Wrist

It’s been talked about for months and finally on Tuesday this week, Apple CEO Tim Cook confirmed that Apple was bringing its very own wearable device to the smartwatch market: the Apple Watch.

Announced as part of a major event announcing Apple’s latest iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and Apple Pay products, the Apple Watch wooed tech pundits and gadget fans alike with its beautiful touch-screen retina display and intuitive user interface.

Apple Watch will check on your BMW i3 and i8 state of charge remotely.

Apple Watch will check on your BMW i3 and i8 state of charge remotely.

For BMW i3 and i8 drivers though, there’s an added reason for buying Apple’s latest must-have gadget when it goes on sale early next year: it will allow you to remotely interact with your plug-in car without ever taking your phone out of your pocket.

That’s because BMW — like many other prominent companies — is hard at work developing a companion Apple Watch app designed to run alongside its pre-existing iPhone app. Following the BMW i-design ethos, the Apple Watch app will allow BMW i3 owners to check on their car’s state of charge, control charging and climate control, and even navigate you to your car if you can’t remember where you parked it.

Sadly, Tuesday’s two-hour event didn’t include a demonstration of the BMW Apple Watch app, but from the screen shots shown, it promises to be a must-have for any self-respecting BMW i3 or i8 owner who loves their gadgets and has $350 to spend on the Apple Watch.

Of course, this isn’t the first time we’ve seen electric vehicles feature in an Apple event — nor is it the first time we’ve seen electric vehicle apps for wearable devices.

Back in 2010, the late Steve Jobs demonstrated Apple’s then new iAd platform to developers by demonstrating a Nissan LEAF ad live on stage. (He even went through the motions of ordering one, although we’re not sure he actually did purchase one, and the Nissan LEAF featured in one of Apple’s very first iPhone Siri ads.)

Forget where you parked? That's covered, too.

Forget where you parked? That’s covered, too.

We’ve also seen both smart watch and Google Glass apps for the Tesla Model S electric car already, developed by enthusiasts eager to give their Google Glass, Pebble watch and Galaxy Gear control over their favourite plug-in.

Given the number of electric car-themed apps now in existence for the Apple iPhone, we don’t think it will be long before other car companies join BMW in the race to bring an Apple Watch electric car app to market.

What sort of plug-in car apps would you like to see on the Apple Watch, and would you buy it simply for its plug-in car connectivity?

Do you currently use an app to connect to a plug-in car from a wearable device? What device do you have, and what app do you use?

Leave your suggestions and recommendations in the Comments below.

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