Right now, the Apple Watch has the ability to run apps on its smaller display, but only if the app is available on the connected iPhone.
However, Jeff Williams, Apple’s Senior Vice President of Operations, has just revealed all of that will be changing soon enough, as Apple plans on implementing native Apple Watch apps in the coming months. Specifically, the feature will be available for the smartwatch sometime this fall. Williams confirmed this bit of news at the Code Conference (where the CEO of CBS also confirmed Apple’s TV streaming service is definitely happening).
When native apps finally land on the Apple Watch, a lot of good things should happen. One of the main benefits of this change to the way apps are run on the Watch will be performance, as the apps will no longer have to wait for communication between their iPhone counterparts to do anything. It will also mean these apps can function without the iPhone being connected.
This also means that third-party applications will have direct access to the sensors built into the Watch, which could give them even better access to the information stored within the wearable, as well as provide even better features. It will also mean these apps can access the Watch’s hardware features, including the Digital Crown and more.
On top of that piece of information, Williams also confirmed that a software development kit preview will be made available to developers at this year’s Worldwide Developers Conference, which is scheduled to take place starting June 8 (with the keynote kicking off at 10:00 AM PST on that date).
As a tease, Williams also called the automobile “the ultimate mobile device.” It’s far from a confirmation that Apple is working on a car, but considering the amount of rumors, with a comment like that there’s plenty to build up.
All in all, good news for the Apple Watch and those wearing one. Are you eager to see native apps on the smartwatch?