Developers Said to be Losing Interest in Apple Watch

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The Apple Watch celebrated its first birthday just last month, and developers are already said to be losing interest in the device. In fact, for every 1,000 iOS apps released, there is only 1 Apple Watch app, according to data from mobile database Realm.

There was a rush to develop apps for Apple’s first wearable when it initially made its debut, Realm says, but enthusiasm for the device has quickly fallen. A big factor for this is that Watch apps are still seen as companions to iPhone apps, and don’t make a lot of money.

On the other hand, there is plenty of interest in the Apple TV and its new tvOS platform, which launched last fall.

“On a weekly basis we’re seeing very few Watch apps, compared to iOS apps,” Tim Anglade, an app developer and VP at Realm, told Business Insider. “For every 1,000 new iOS apps being built, there are 10 tvOS apps and maybe 1 Watch app.”

Some reports have claimed Apple will announce a new Watch at WWDC next month, which could boost interest in the device. Anglade believes greater connectivity and access to more sensors will come with the next model.

Other reports have claimed we’ll have to wait until the fall for new hardware — however, we should see a big update to watchOS which could attract developers once again.

[Via: Business Insider]

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