Report: Apple iWatch to support third party apps and come out of the box with an App Store
posted by Alan F. / Sep 06, 2014, 9:14 PM
Apple plans on showing off some third party apps available for the iWatch, at Tuesday's event. With the timepiece still not expected to be available until the beginning of 2015, developers will have time to have their apps ready by the time that the device launches. The Apple iWatch will contain a number of sensors that will track blood, sweat and tears motion. In addition, a user's sleep patterns will also be captured, and there will be NFC connectivity tied in to Apple's rumored new iPhone Wallet.
We don't have to tell you that Apple has a lot riding on this device, and will surely take the time between the wearable's introduction and launch to stir up demand for the iWatch. It is the same routine employed with the original Apple iPhone, which was unveiled by Steve Jobs on January 9th 2007 at MacWorld, but was not launched until June 29th of that year. By the time the iPhone was available, it already had been advertised heavily by Apple, and covered extensively by the media.
source: 9to5Mac via Gizmodo
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"It will launch with an App Store pre-installed, right out of the box." I'm not sure what this means. Doesn't the iPhone come with the App Store pre-installed? Why is this suprising?
posted on Sep 06, 2014, 9:18 PM 5
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I guess an appstore for Iwatch that already has many apps. When Wear launched there were zero 3rd party apps. Developers will have plenty of time to make apps if the watch won't launch for another 3+ months. The "pre-installed, right out of the box" sounds like someone who doesn't know much about tech?
posted on Sep 06, 2014, 9:26 PM 1
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It would seem that the development environment for this iToy is different than the development environment for the other iToys. If Apple did not release an App Store for this iToy, that would be cause for concern, as that would say they were going completely proprietary with no third party applications. One of the things that has made Apple so successful is the third party apps for the iToys ('there is an app for that...'). No support for third party apps for the watch would be the beginning of a classic iFail.
posted on Sep 06, 2014, 9:30 PM 3
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A piece of metal and glass with smartphone functionalities. Don't mind the fandroids. They've gotten used to cheap plastic, so anything made with glass and other premium materials are toys to them. It won't be long till they start calling the One M8 a toy.
posted on Sep 07, 2014, 6:26 AM 2
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I don't mind that its not coming out for a few months, but I have to ask, why didn't they announce this at WWDC and launch it in time for Christmas? I'm pretty sure it was finished enough to at least show off then.
posted on Sep 06, 2014, 9:36 PM 1
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Because WWDC is a WW "Developers Conference". As in software. As in not hardware. As in, not the iWatch. Apple is treating it solely like that now.
posted on Sep 06, 2014, 9:41 PM 2
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There are probably a core group of developers who have been approached under non-disclosure who got an early (alpha?) edition of the SDK and are working at porting their respective apps to the watch. That (no third party app availability) may be contributing factor in the delay.
posted on Sep 06, 2014, 10:21 PM 1
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My guess is that they want to use all their resources for the iPhone 6 production, launch, and other logistics. We're getting close to the end of the year and we've hardly seen any Apple devices launched this year. There's the iphone 4.7 and 5.5, possibly iPods, iPad Air and mini, ios 8 and Yosemite, and supposedly new MacBooks in the beginning of 2015. I think they're just proceeding with caution.
posted on Sep 06, 2014, 10:49 PM 1
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Which is, of course, the smart thing to do. Any idiot can rush a device to market, implement features in a half-assed way, or provide solutions to problems that don't exist. This is why there is only one Apple in technology, and a bunch of companies that want to be Apple, but aren't disciplined enough to reach that peak.
posted on Sep 06, 2014, 11:48 PM 1
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