Confirmed: native app development coming to the Apple Watch in future SDK update

Confirmed: native app development coming to the Apple Watch in future SDK update
Last week, we brought word that the Apple Watch platform is rumored to receive quite a few notable updates in both the near and distant future. One of these rumored new updates, native Apple Watch app development, was recently confirmed to be in the works by Apple senior vice president of operations Jeff Williams. Williams made the announcement earlier today at the Re/Code annual Code Conference.

At the moment, third party apps don't live on the Watch, like the Apple-made apps that come preloaded on the wearable. Instead, third party apps run on the paired iPhone and communicate with the Apple Watch, which displays the user interface and communicates the user input to the iPhone through Bluetooth. As many reviewers and regular users alike can confirm, there's a notable difference in performance between Apple's native apps and what the developers can currently write. Fortunately, all of this nonsense is about to end soon.

The Apple executive mentioned that the new Apple Watch SDK will be unveiled at Apple's World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC) in San Francisco on June 8. The first third-party apps that run natively on the Apple Watch should reach Apple's App Store this fall.

Aside from writing apps that actually run on the Apple Watch, developers will also be able to create apps that access the various sensors integrated in the device (such as the heart rate monitor) and the digital crown.

When asked about the commercial success of Apple's first wearable device, Williams said that demand was “fantastic", but that he cannot provide an exact number.

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16 Comments

1. Galaxy_Apple

Posts: 129; Member since: May 24, 2015

hmm this should make things more spicy and fast , has anyone noticed how both Galaxy gear and Apple watch have more apps available than Android wear ? Android wear is too gimped for me too much google now cards , I'm waiting for samsung orbis watch , hopefully it will be better than the Apple watch.

5. AlikMalix unregistered

I agree, I actually like the orb crown concept more than apples crown version to navigate and the way it looks. I'm just gonna give Apple credit for including the crown to begin with (I'm an Apple fan after all)...

8. sgodsell

Posts: 7368; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Galaxy_Apple you are so misinformed that its not funny. First of all regular Android phone and tablet apps can have Android Wear functionality coded into them. However they are regular Android phone and tablet apps and not Android Wear specific apps. Kind of like how Apple is doing it with an iPhone app and watchkit extension. This is the only way the Apple watch apps are currently working. Samsung's Tizen doesn't support anything like this. However Android Wear also supports native apps that are written specifically for Android Wear devices. Something that currently the Apple watch does not support, but Tizen does. So right now as it stands Android Wear supports both worlds. So there are many apps on the play store that have Android Wear support, but you wouldn't know because they were existing phone or tablet apps that were modified and have added Android Wear support. There is many regular apps that have Android Wear support. For instance Chromecast, YouTube, a number of music players, a number of camera apps, and many more apps that don't look like they have Android Wear support. You would be surprised at how many regular Android apps already have Android Wear support. As it stands right now, there is way more apps for Android Wear, including a ton of games that are completely impossible right now for Apples watch. Like Doom, Gameboy emulators, home appliances, car support, and many more which require native support. If you actually looked at Android Wear, then you would know right now Android Wear currently has many more applications then Apple watch and Tizen. But clearly you didn't look at Android Wear at all. Instead of trying to put down Android Wear, all you did Galaxy_Apple is show the world how ignorant an misinformed you really are.

10. gaming64 unregistered

My brain just splattered all over the floor.

11. Sauce5 unregistered

I stopped reading at _Apple.

16. Galaxy_Apple

Posts: 129; Member since: May 24, 2015

LOl! chill out why isn't android wear taking off then ? Cause it's too dependent on google now cards , awful stuff , Android wear = forcing you to depend on google services , TIzen + Apple watch = let you control your own stuff via apps. I prefer tizen or Apple watch UI anyday and so do consumers apparently. Tizen is still a bit ugly but samsung will clean it up like touchwiz 5. rememebr it's the same with original android it took off only after skins like HTC sense and touchwiz made it more usable. unfortunately Google isn't allowing skins big mistake.

17. sgodsell

Posts: 7368; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

It is taking off. Maybe not at the pace of Apple watches. But it is proven that Apple users would buy an iPoo if Apple made, and sold them. So that proves loyalty only. Besides what about all the reports about Apple now reducing production of their Apple watches even further. I love the part where you contradict yourself. "Tizen+Apple watch = let you control your own stuff via apps.". You showed the world last time how ignorant you really are. Now this time you are showing them how stupid you are, or that you just don't read. Android Wear let's you create apps directly for Android Wear watches. The apps can get access to sensors, the storage, Bluetooth, create native apps and games. All of which is missing from the Apple watch right now. So clearly your left hemisphere is not talking to your right hemisphere. In what universe does Apple let you control your own stuff via apps. When you can't do that yet. Android Wear currently allows you to create any apps that will let you do anything you want on the watch. Apple doesn't allow it right now. Plain an simple. I even went into that with my previous post. You should change your user name because you are a Trojan horse. Your real love is Apple, just come out and say it period. By the way touchwiz 5.0 is already out on their latest phones. But their watches will always have a different interface, just like your Apple watch, and Android Wear. Watch interfaces will always be different then phone interfaces, and they have to be with good reason. They are first and foremost a watch. Phones don't need a UI that can tell whether you are looking at them with a hand gesture to display the time. Watches have to conserve more power then phones, and they are not going to run multiple tasks simultaneously like a phone. Now when you start to talk about skins, and Google not allowing them. Does Apple or Tizen allow you to change their watches UI? No they dont. However if you have been following Android Wear, then you would have already know that you can create your own launchers. Also with the latest update to Android Wear, you can now create a watch face that can act like a custom UI. Something once again that is currently impossible from both Apple and Tizen. Also there is a 3rd party app that let's you connect your Android Wear watch to an iPhone. So you can get notifications on your Android Wear watch. That is before Google is releasing an official app for iPhones.

2. JGuinan007

Posts: 699; Member since: May 19, 2011

I don't like wearables tiny screen I see no real use for them that smartphone don't already do

3. waddup121 unregistered

SDK update!!!

4. Neros

Posts: 1016; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

Fantastic = didn't live up to apple's expectations. That explains why the watch is so slow and lags. They can certainly improve the software and smooth out the overal experience. Shame you can't change that happy-meal deasign with an update though.

6. AlikMalix unregistered

Not built for you then, bro... I dont think Apple cares to cater to those that will hate it even if it was made of GOLD -- wait there's one made of GOLD and I bet you hate it, too...LOL (come on, give me some credit, that was clever)

9. SamDH1

Posts: 419; Member since: Apr 21, 2015

No .

12. nwright94

Posts: 211; Member since: Oct 14, 2014

I hate the gold one because I'll never have one... Tried one on at the Apple Store in person and it's pretty slick and beautiful (in my opinion you're free to disagree.) A white gold version would be even nicer IMO because yellow gold looks too gaudy for my tastes.

13. gaming64 unregistered

White gold is impossible to manufacture. If you want a white version, buy the Apple Watch Sport White band version.

14. nwright94

Posts: 211; Member since: Oct 14, 2014

What do you mean impossible to manufacture? All they'd need to do is add a white metal to the alloy. I have a white gold ring and I've seen plenty of white gold watches.

15. stefybiber

Posts: 1; Member since: May 28, 2015

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