Beginning June 1 All New Apple Watch Apps Must Use the Native watchOS 2 SDK

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Here shortly, Apple will officially end support for the original Apple Watch apps, and apps put together with the original watchOS SDK.

Late last night, Apple officially announced that, beginning June 1, all new applications developed for the Apple Watch must use the watchOS 2 SDK (or later) to be supported by the wearable. This is a way to set a minimum standard moving forward for all apps on the Apple Watch, and, for users of Apple’s most personal device to date, it should hopefully mean faster apps on the device across the board. Original Apple Watch apps use the connected iPhone to handle all of the computational muscle, and then stream those results over-the-air to the Apple Watch, causing a bit of a delay.

Apple’s announcement includes the addition that all Apple Watch apps need to be developed with the watchOS 2 SDK or later, which is fitting considering the company’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) is scheduled to run between June 13 and June 17, where it’s expected they will unveil watchOS 3, which should include plenty of additional improvements.

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[via Apple]