Report: Apple iWatch to support third party apps and come out of the box with an App Store

Report: Apple iWatch to support third party apps and come out of the box with an App Store
As the days grow shorter until Tuesday's big Apple event, the latest speculation involving the Apple iWatch has to do with apps. According to those familiar with Apple's plans, the tech titan has already passed out pre-release versions of an Apple SDK for wearables, to major social networks and services companies. Those receiving the wearables SDK must already have an iPhone or iPad app in the Apple App Store. The iWatch is expected to not only support third party apps, it will launch with an App Store pre-installed, right out of the box.

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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17 Comments

1. promise7

Posts: 894; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

"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?

2. KillgoreTroutTime

Posts: 433; Member since: Jan 06, 2014

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?

3. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

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.

8. darkkjedii

Posts: 30971; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

What's an iToy?

10. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

It is a device conjured by the fevered dreams of morons.

14. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Like you?

16. darkkjedii

Posts: 30971; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Good answer lol, very good indeed.

15. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

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.

17. darkkjedii

Posts: 30971; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Loved that post.

4. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

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.

5. Vexify

Posts: 570; Member since: Jun 16, 2014

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.

6. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

If they have showcased the watch and wearable platform...developers would have started writing apps by now.... So that fits nicely into "developers conference"...

7. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

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.

9. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

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.

11. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

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.

12. AlikMalix unregistered

Very well said Napalm...

13. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

.... :-P

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