Apple removes Nike FuelBand and Jawbone UP from its stores as Apple Watch launch looms

Apple removes Nike FuelBand and Jawbone UP from its stores as Apple Watch launch looms
With the Apple Watch launching on April 24, Apple has started removing products from its online and retail locations that could be considered competition to Apple's timepiece. Wearables produced by Nike and Jawbone are no longer available from both the online and brick and mortar Apple Stores. In fact, Apple has removed all fitness bands from the two Apple Stores except for the MIO Alpha Heart Rate Monitor Watch, which remains listed in the online store. However, MIO CEO Liz Dickinson has admitted to receiving a letter from Apple telling her that the MIO band will soon join the others, a victim of the upcoming Apple Watch.

Other fitness monitors are still listed for sale in the online Apple Store, although they are not worn on the wrist. For example, both Wahoo and Polar have monitors that are worn around the body. The Jawbone UP Move clip-on finess tracker is also still available online.

Apple had already stopped selling popular fitness bands made by Fitbit last year after the wearable manufacturer decided not to allow its products to integrate with Apple's HealthKit. The latter keeps track of the fitness and health data generated by third party fitness trackers, and the Apple Watch once it is released.

Nike, for its part, has been focusing on software instead of hardware and its health and fitness focused Nike+ app will be available for the Apple Watch.

source: re/code via AppleInsider

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20 Comments

1. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

Apple watch has been officially renamed "Apple Want"

2. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

I don't think these type of device are necessary when your doing your workout. People now a days connect their lives to technology. So lame.

5. sgodsell

Posts: 7419; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

When Apple conducts business like this. Then the smart people will look else where, to leave Apples clutches. There are better alternatives then Apple.

9. ManusImperceptus

Posts: 724; Member since: Jun 10, 2014

They're not necessary, but depending on your level of commitment they can be very useful, so not lame at all... At least no more lame than somebody slamming connectivity on a mobile tech site... ;-)

20. IT-Engineer

Posts: 564; Member since: Feb 26, 2015

Those sons of B$$$h$, they should be sued for non competitive behavior!!!

22. stealthd unregistered

Store owners get to choose what they sell you know (or maybe you don't).

4. cdm283813

Posts: 424; Member since: Jan 10, 2015

Guess that means no Android Wear compatibility anytime soon. Is Pebble up next???? What a shame that a company this large has to do this. If your product is good let people decide. Are headphones next on the chopping block? But then again it's their store and they can do what ever they want.

6. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

That last sentence is the key. You don't see Goodyear selling Firestone tires in their stores, nor do you see Tiffany selling Bulgari. As Apple sells more products in stores with finite floor space, expect to see more things get squeezed out.

10. ManusImperceptus

Posts: 724; Member since: Jun 10, 2014

Except that the Apple Watch is no fitness band, and thus not a direct competitor... But hey, what do I care if Apple chases accessory producers into the arms of the competition...?

14. willard12 unregistered

I do see Goodyear selling Yokohama, Kumho, Cooper, and Hangook tires in their stores. It's not as if Apple Stores are selling the LG Urbane. I guess Apple Car and ios compatability will start being phased out as Apple looks to start selling automobiles.

8. Derekjeter

Posts: 1515; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

Yes it's their store and If their going to remove a product from the competitor they should make sure they have something better to replace It, which the Apple watch does not (my opinion). Waste of $400

19. 0kax0el0

Posts: 238; Member since: Nov 15, 2012

Apple doesn't let people decide, the fact that they introduced three versions of the aWatch is only about perspective, not about choice.

7. blazee

Posts: 414; Member since: Jan 02, 2012

Shocker

11. Chuck007

Posts: 1411; Member since: Mar 02, 2014

Typical Apple noncompetitive behavior.

12. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1251; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

Yea who wants to do business with apple. They either turn your company into bankrupcy or just simply show you the door out. And Nike even did alot of things for apple. Thank god im not married to this pathetic company. ..

13. Chuck007

Posts: 1411; Member since: Mar 02, 2014

Yup pretty much all the suppliers who worked for Apple have nothing but curses when they talk about them. Almost all of them are being ripped off big time and the only way they're still cooperating with them is because of the name.

15. Af1rPA

Posts: 712; Member since: Jun 12, 2014

I thought Nike stopped making the fuel band.

17. TheGunnyPT

Posts: 252; Member since: Feb 12, 2015

Like I've said before, it's gonna be fun to see how the "average consumer " is gonna run receive the watch

18. TBomb

Posts: 1550; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

Because God Forbid if Apple had to deal with some competition.

21. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1251; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

Yea they do fear fights of technology and innovation, it's always in courtrooms or shady business agreements. .... They are just the most pathetic company on earth.....

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