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Apple requires all new watchOS apps be native by June 1

By AppleInsider Staff 

In an announcement to developers on Friday, Apple said come June 1, all new watchOS titles submitted to the App Store must be native apps built with the company’s latest watchOS 2 software development kit.

The upcoming requirement, published on Apple’s developer website, is the latest push by Apple to advance its wearables platform and address launch complaints regarding sluggish third-party apps.

Apple debuted watchOS 2 last June shortly after the device hit wide distribution. With newly gained access to watchOS 2 SDKs, developers were able to create their own custom watch face complications, as well as access Apple Watch hardware elements like the Digital Crown, Taptic Engine, microphone and loudspeaker. Software support for HealthKit, Apple’s biometric data repository, was also added for apps to perform high-level functions like reading accelerometer data and writing…

Read the entire article from AppleInsider here: Apple requires all new watchOS apps be native by June 1


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