Apple to Require All Watch Apps Run Natively
Apple warned developers that by June 1 all apps submitted to the App Store for the Apple Watch must be native apps built with the watchOS 2 SDK or later. Native apps run on the Apple Watch itself, rather than on an iPhone. Apple added support for native apps to watchOS last fall. Native apps perform better on the wearable.
Facebook Messenger, GoPro Headed to Apple Watch
Apple today said apps are being written for the Apple Watch at a furious pace, and more than 10,000 are already available. Looking forward, Apple said Facebook Messenger and GoPro are ready to port their apps to Apple's wearable device.
Apple WatchOS 3.0 Focuses On Speed Improvements
Apple today announced WatchOS 3.0, a forthcoming update to its wearable platform that will provide speed and usability improvements throughout. Chiefly, Apple says WatchOS 3.0 will allow apps to launch instantly.
Microsoft Unleashes a Flurry Of Apps for Android Wear, Apple Watch
Microsoft has made available a handful of apps for wearables running Google's Android Wear and Apple's WatchOS. First, Microsoft has ported Outlook to the Apple Watch.
Apple watchOS 2 Reduces Dependence on iPhone
Apple today announced watchOS 2 for the Apple Watch. The headline feature is native apps, which allows watch apps to work without being in range of a paired phone, and work over the Internet via a local Wi-Fi network, instead of relying on a paired iPhone for Internet connectivity.
Apple Announces WatchOS 4.0
Apple today announced watchOS 4.0, a refresh of its wearable platform. One of the fist items to be added to watchOS 4.0 is a new Siri watch face that includes the owner's personalized data, such as commute times, calendar appointments, reminders, photo memories, weather updates, and more.