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 Puts Its Foot Down, Will Require Apps Support iPhone X
Apple today told developers that soon all new apps submitted to the iTunes App Store must support the screen of the latest iPhone. "Starting April 2018, all new iOS apps submitted to the App Store must be built with the iOS 11 SDK, included in Xcode 9 or later," said Apple in an email to developers.
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.
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.