Pebble Time iOS App Still in Review, Pebble Asks Customers to Help


The Pebble Time is Pebble’s latest smartwatch and has already begun shipping out to early Kickstarter backers. However, customers receiving the device may not be able to use it because the companion iOS app as not yet been approved by Apple.

According to an update on the company’s Kickstarter page, the Pebble Time app was submitted for review on May 22. The app has spent more than two weeks with a status of “In Review.”

“The Pebble Time iPhone app, as we’ve all noticed, is not yet live on the iTunes AppStore. It remains “in review.” This unexpected circumstance pains us as much it does backers with watches ready to set up. We’re doing all we can to mitigate the delay and make Pebble Time Watch for iPhone available for download.

We appreciate you hanging in there with us while we navigate this obstacle.”

The Pebble Time app was first submitted to the App Store in early May, and it was approved on May 18. Pebble went on to push a bug fix for the app on May 22, requesting an expedited review from Apple, which was not granted. The company has also been unable to add Pebble Time support to the existing Pebble Watch app because it has been stuck in the review process since April.


It is still unclear why Apple has delayed the approval of both iOS apps, however, it is possible that Apple has opted not to approve the apps because they compete with the Apple Watch. It is also possible that Apple has been dealing with a large number of app submissions because of the Apple Watch release. This may have caused a backlog in the companies review process.

“Together, we can kindly express our desire to see the AppStore #FreeOurPebbleTime with a speedy approval of Pebble Time Watch for iPhone.

You can make your voice heard by reaching out to Apple directly, on Twitter, and on Facebook.”

In order to try and speed up the review process, Pebble is asking its customers to contact Apple on its behalf using the company’s feedback system and social media. Pebble hopes that with enough customer support Apple will speed up the review process of its two iOS apps.

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  • FragilityG4

    Pebble watches are pretty sore on the eyes.

  • Yeah it’s the trade off for long battery life and a lower price versus other smartwatches.

  • Jay

    I felt the same way until I received mine, I must say the photos dont do it justice.

    Still cant do anything without the app though -_-

  • FragilityG4

    I saw one in store and wasn’t impressed by the look, but that’s just me. Personally I don’t tend to wear watches anymore but all these wearables are getting better and better one day might wear one!

  • Eastvanfan

    Apple should allow competition. Pebble users obviously have an iphone but people who pay 4 months in advance for something will be unhappy with Apple for doing this. For users who like notifications and don’t need to hit a small icon on their watch to do a variety of things the Pebble is a good solution. The apple watch maybe nice looking but that’s always subjective….I prefer my old fashioned diver automatic as a distinctive watch.

  • If you saw one in a store, that’s the original Pebble (or maybe Steel). The Pebble Time is much nicer (although I love my original Pebble).

    Pebble Time has thinner design, steel bezel, one week battery life, always-on colour display, waterproof to 30m, comes in red, better UI, standard straps, hundreds of watch faces, and is hundreds (or thousands) of dollars less than Apple Watch.