eBay’s Apple Watch app brings the auction to your wrist | Cult of Mac

eBay’s Apple Watch app brings the auction to your wrist


eBay Apple Watch
The new eBay companion app for Apple Watch doesn't try too hard.
Photo: eBay

Online auction site eBay has updated its iOS app to include Apple Watch functionality.

Now, sellers and bidders can keep an eye on their transactions wherever they are.

The Watch app is as impressive for what it doesn’t try to do as it is for its functionality: You can’t browse listings on the site, and you can’t open new bids. What you can do, however, is monitor auctions you’re already participating in, place new bids, check your revenue, and receive notifications like messages.

It’s a smart move on eBay’s part, keeping the Watch app useful without drowning users in a bunch of useless noise. It strikes a good balance between bare-bones apps like Walgreens’ offering, on which I can’t do anything but set pill reminders, and Target’s voice-driven extravaganza that makes you look like a crazy person. I once asked my Watch where the pens were, and another shopper thought I was asking her. So then I was in the weird position of either being the sort of weirdo who asks strangers where to find writing stuff or being the sort of weirdo who can’t find pens without asking his wrist.

The important thing is that I found the pens.

The more important thing is that eBay users can find the updated app with its convenient Watch features in the App Store.


Daily round-ups or a weekly refresher, straight from Cult of Mac to your inbox.

  • The Weekender

    The week's best Apple news, reviews and how-tos from Cult of Mac, every Saturday morning. Our readers say: "Thank you guys for always posting cool stuff" -- Vaughn Nevins. "Very informative" -- Kenly Xavier.