Don't get mad, get even: Apple pulls Fitbit products from its online stores

Don't get mad, get even: Apple pulls Fitbit products from its online stores
For Apple, it has never matters if a dish of revenge is served warm or cold, just as long as it is served. It looks like revenge was the reason for Apple's recent decision to pull Fitbit products from the online Apple Store. Last month, the fitness band manufacturer decided against allowing its products to integrate with Apple's Health app.

Search for Fitbit in the online Apple Store, and you will get a response of "No results were found. Please try a different search." While a Google search still shows both the Fitbit Flex and Fitbit One as being in the Apple Store, clicking on the link takes you to accessories for the iPad. Apple has pulled this kind of thing before, such as when it removed BOSE products from the Apple Store during a patent battle.

Fitbit has said that it would add integration to Apple's Health app if enough customers demand it. The latest devices released by the manufacturer also cannot hook up to the Health app. And just in case that you were thinking that Apple is merely clearing the deck for the Apple Watch, the online Apple Stores do still offer other fitness bands by Jawbone and Nike.


source: Apple via SlashGear, MobileSyrup

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33 Comments

1. gagakiller

Posts: 176; Member since: Oct 08, 2014

yeah !!! Slap these lazy people in the azz ! Listen to the king or F*** off ! it is just an app ! and for the good of their products ! i dont understand why even some developers didnt update their apps for ios8 !!

2. Sauce2

Posts: 199; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

You spelled Fitbit wrong in your title.

5. Alan01

Posts: 640; Member since: Mar 21, 2012

Thanks...seems like half my brain is off this weekend! Regards, Alan F.

11. wyrishman

Posts: 39; Member since: May 11, 2014

Also, in line one, you have "For Apple, it has never matters..." should be "For Apple, it has never mattered..."

28. deewinc

Posts: 455; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

"It never matters..." Present continuous tense, not a past participle

32. wyrishman

Posts: 39; Member since: May 11, 2014

Touche.

13. Sauce2

Posts: 199; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Makes two of us Alan

3. AlikMalix unregistered

Makes sense. I wouldn't want an ap that doesn't integrate with my "go to" place for all fitness matters. But if you still must it's not like you're banned from using Fitbit - the app and the product is still there.

4. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

Apple - stifling the competition in any way possible since 1976...

6. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

Did I miss the part where it said these were FitBit stores? This is on FitBit. Apple Stores are the most valuable retail square footage on earth, so why would you place a product that doesn't play well with your devices?

8. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Because they had them before and they still work with your devices. They just don't use your crappy health app.

14. Sauce2

Posts: 199; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Before IOS 8. Fixed.

16. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

I know they work with my Nexus 5. Some of us have jobs where we can't have a phone or a BT device in the office, or else I would own one of them.

10. tedkord

Posts: 17456; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

So, what part of your answer disputes his claim?

17. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

There's nothing to dispute because it isn't a valid claim. Not carrying someone's device in your store isn't anti-competitive unless you have a significant portion of the market. It would be stifling competition if Apple went to Best Buy and said "us or them, you can't have both." I'm sure Fitbit would like to be on the Play Store, but I don't see them there. Is Google "stifling competition"?

20. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

"I'm sure Fitbit would like to be on the Play Store, but I don't see them there. Is Google "stifling competition"?" You are right, Fitbit isnt there....I'll tell you what is tho: LG G Watch/G Watch R, Sony Smart Watch, Samsung Gear, LG G Watch charging cable, Samsung gear charging dock, Nexus 9, Nexus 5, HTC One, Pretty sure all these are competition for the Moto 360 and the Moto G, by Motorola...you know the company Google still has shares in....they also have shares in Lenovo. Ever since Google bought Motorola, they have always offered competing devices on the Play Store. And while they own stock in Motorola/Lenovo they still offer competing devices. Thats the point.

21. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

I get what you're saying. Google has never offered other products like Apple does tho. If they did, I cant see them pulling it because of an upcoming competing product. Even with apps, Google will put something thats on the Play Store in Android...but still leave the competing app in the Store. How many times has Apple done the exact opposite? We can count on at least 1 hand how many times.

29. alumoyo

Posts: 392; Member since: Aug 26, 2013

How? If it doesn't work with your product why would you sell it in your store and expose yourself life that. Sure it works with its own app, but they've made a lot of noise about their health app - so to then offer a non compatible device on their in house store would be rather stupid, I don't think revenge has anything to do with it. Their store is for accessories that THEY chose because they work a certain way with their devices. Its not a free-for-all remember - its not Amazon.

31. LordCaedus

Posts: 85; Member since: Nov 01, 2013

It does work with the iPhone just not the iHealth app. This is just Apple trying to intimidate someone into doing what they want. They seriously need to get over themselves.

9. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

That's actually pretty petty. lol

12. tedkord

Posts: 17456; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

This is just a tactic to get Fitbit to give Apple the Flex trademark for the iPhone 6 Plus Flex.

15. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Basically Apple is forcing every health device vendor to give Apple all the data the device gathers. Now why would Apple do this? The obvious answer is to sell the data to insurance companies, data brokers, etc.

18. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Seems like Apple doesn't want anything that's not their OWN PRODUCT

22. bucky

Posts: 3794; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Or maybe there is no point in wasting valuable space for something that doesn't integrate with your products.

30. alumoyo

Posts: 392; Member since: Aug 26, 2013

Well the Nike and Jawbone bands are still there...

19. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

Apple's slippery-slope on the other side of the mountain....

23. Topcat488

Posts: 1417; Member since: Sep 29, 2012

Apple Capone, "Nobody can find the body/App of the one that don't integrate into the FAMILY.

24. meanestgenius

Posts: 22423; Member since: May 28, 2014

So who didn't expect Apple to do this? Very typical of them....

25. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

So fitbit product no longer support iOS? How would fitbit user use it with their shiny new iPhone? Does not passing the user health data warrant such punishment?

26. darkoman4

Posts: 183; Member since: May 30, 2014

Apple can sell whatever the heck they want in their stores. None of my business. Fitbit is just stupid for not integrating their product with Health App.

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