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Apple Announces New Rules For Apple Watch Apps’ Developers

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Just when the number of non-native apps was starting to rise on the App Store, Cupertino-based company announced new rules for the developers submitting Apple Watch apps. Apple posted a new requirement on its developer website saying in the coming time, all upcoming apps must natively originate in the watchOS 2 development kit and also run natively on the device. What does it mean for us? We would finally have the apps work as well as we want them to.

“Starting June 1, 2016, all new watchOS apps submitted to the App Store must be native apps built with the watchOS 2 SDK or later,” Apple says in the note. This announcement further leads to the watchOS page for the developers.

As per the new rule, it will assumingly affect only the ‘new’ Apple Watch apps while we belive that the current non-native Apple Watch apps would continue to run as usual. But then, yes, the upcoming native Apple Watch apps would have much better offerings than is the case now.

It was six months ago that the company first made native watchOS apps possible in the version 2.0 of the watch specific operating system. It was then when Apple made the entire feature set available to the developers, including the accelerometer, heart rate sensor, microphone/speaker, vibration, Digital Crown, and also the third-party complications which enable users to get a quick view at the app right from their watch faces.

Having talked about the new rule, we are a little unsure of what exactly does it aim at- make the operating system more useful or to encourage the use of these new tools by the developers. However, how about a separate App Store showing off only the Apple Watch apps? I, for one, would totally love it.

What do you feel about this new rule? Share with us in the comments below.



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