Starting June 1st, all new watchOS 2 apps must be native to the platform

Starting June 1st, all new watchOS 2 apps must be native to the platform
Apple on Friday posted a note on its Developer website about a new requirement starting on June 1st. From that date on, new watchOS apps submitted to the app store must be native apps built using watchOS 2 SDK or later. That means that these new apps for Apple Watch must be able to run on the timepiece without having an Apple iPhone nearby.

When the Apple Watch first launched, most apps had to be stored on the iPhone handset that was paired with the timepiece. When the Apple Watch user wanted to run them, the apps were streamed to the timepiece. With the release of watchOS 2 came support for native apps. Apps that are native to the platform open quicker and run smoother on the watch.

While it might not be ready for the Apple Watch 2, eventually the timepiece will come with its own eSIM allowing it to run totally free without being paired to an iPhone. That would allow users to make/take calls directly from their wrists. Forcing all future watchOS apps to be native to the  platform is possibly the first step in that direction.

source: Apple via MacRumors



19. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

This is so funny, because it's true -

18. ava51

Posts: 86; Member since: Feb 12, 2016

I haven’t used a single app on my Watch.

13. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

cant all of you use the reply button instead of posting new comment? its kinda hard to read since I know you'r replying other's comment.. right?

10. oozz009

Posts: 520; Member since: Jun 22, 2015

Hmmm... I wonder why June 1st, ooooh yeah right!! Wait a minute, it's because by the 13th of June, Watch OS 3.0 will have already been announced, ergo making watch OS 2.0 a little old by then.

6. KingSam

Posts: 1563; Member since: Mar 13, 2016

Productivity on a watch? Interesting! And you want to melt your wrist with an x86 chip right?

3. kefalin

Posts: 292; Member since: Feb 08, 2015

Surface Watch with x86 support,"true innovation",just bring me some new Android Wear

14. sgodsell

Posts: 7697; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

There is a few Android Wear watches that already have an x86 Processor. There are two that comes to mind, the Fossil Q Founder, and the Tag Heuer Connected smart watches.

16. Mercedes-Benz

Posts: 403; Member since: Jan 18, 2015

x86 on a watch rip battery life

1. obedchuni

Posts: 341; Member since: Jun 16, 2014

Wow native apps to run on apple watch

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