Apple Watch Apps rendered Independent from now onwards

Apple is emphasizing developers to create native apps that do not require an Apple iPhone to run. Apple is gradually turning its Watch into a separate standalone device. The aim is to make the Apple Watch stand on its own and work without the need for a perpetual link to an iPhone.

Apple Watch Apps rendered Independent from now onwards

The latest mandate from Apple has surely shifted the focus in this direction. A note recently circulated to the developers, it has been stated by the company that all the new Apple Watch apps and OS that are uploaded on the App Store are supposed to be native apps that are created with the watchOS 2 SDK or a later version.

In simple words, it means that the Apple Watch app must be able to run on the device itself. The communication may not be very important for those people who are not Apple Watch apps developers, however, it does mean that the developers are going to have more independence when they are creating apps for the wearable device.

It also means that the upcoming versions of the watch will be comparatively more independent. The ground for this change was laid during the previous September with the update in watch OS 2 software.

With this update, the Apple Watch achieved the ability to log onto Wi-Fi by itself besides providing the Software Development Kit or the SDK for creating native apps that wouldn’t be reliant on the iPhone.

From now onwards, Apple Watch apps will need to be updated in order to comply with the latest requirements if they want to be on the App Store. In the coming days, it is possible that people will have Apple Watches that they will be able to use in place of their iPhones.

However, in order to make this happen, Apple will need to install more power and memory into the Apple Watch which is small in size.

It is rumored that the next version of the gadget – Apple Watch 2 – will be thinner with more internal specs. The new version is rumored to be releasing in coming June.

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Greg Helms

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