Apple Watch Apps Now Have to Work Without an iPhone

By Gary Cutlack on at

There's a new rule in Apple world. It says that developers making things for the Apple Watch need to ensure that the stuff they submit, no matter how useful or useless, has to be made with the watchOS 2 SDK and therefore in fully native mode.

Apple's people said in a short note: "...all new watchOS apps submitted to the App Store must be native apps built with the watchOS 2 SDK or later," which means apps will need to be running on the Watch itself, rather than using the wearable as a second screen for things actually running on the wearer's iPhone and zapped across.

The new rules kick in on June 1, in the unlikely event you're an Apple Watch developer. [Apple via Techradar]

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