iOS Hacker Shows Web Browser Running on Apple Watch

iOS developer Nicholas Allegra, better known by his handle "comex" within the jailbreaking community, shared a short video on Twitter that shows a web browser running on the Apple Watch. The fifteen-second clip shows Allegra tapping, panning and zooming on the Google homepage on the Apple Watch, but the functionality is limited as to be expected because of the small screen size and lack of an on-screen keyboard.

"I always wanted a web browser on my wrist," tweeted Allegra, who later shared another picture of the iOS built-in dictionary running on the Apple Watch. Allegra stopped short of providing details about the hack, but a web browser running on the Apple Watch is an interesting proof-of-concept and fuels the possibility of an Apple Watch jailbreak or native apps with web browsing capabilities in the future.

Apple confirmed last November that fully native Apple Watch apps will be available later this year, but it remains unclear what restrictions Apple will place on them. Apple Watch apps are currently loaded from a paired iPhone via Bluetooth as WatchKit extensions, and developers do not have access to the Apple Watch's gyroscope, accelerometer, built-in speaker, microphone or Taptic Engine.


Allegra was an active member of the jailbreaking community in the early years of iOS devices, while attending Brown University in Rhode Island. Under the pseudonym "comex," he revived JailbreakMe.com in early 2011 as a one-tap jailbreaking solution for compatible iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices at the time. He later interned at Apple in 2011 and Google in 2013.

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50 months ago
If the web browser doesn't run flash, it's a fail. :D
Rating: 13 Votes
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50 months ago
It's cool but extremely impractical. As a web designer I refuse to design yet another breakpoint for a watch, haha!
Rating: 10 Votes
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50 months ago
The pinnacle of convenience right here guys.

Rating: 9 Votes
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50 months ago
Apple Watch ... for those who don't remember the days of WAP browsing
Rating: 8 Votes
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50 months ago
Usability looks to be nil. No thank you.
Rating: 7 Votes
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50 months ago

The browser is a relic of the late 20th century.
It's half-dead in phones / pads and DOA in wearables.


I think you're confused... browsers are becoming more common, not less common. There are now entire computers whose sole purpose is to browse the web. It's native apps that are dying.
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50 months ago

Just because you can doesn't mean you should. I wonder who will cry first that the Apple Watch doesn't support Flash!

The guy four minutes ahead of you!
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50 months ago
Just because you can doesn't mean you should. I wonder who will cry first that the Apple Watch doesn't support Flash!
Rating: 4 Votes
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50 months ago

LOL at anyone who thinks a screen size that small should have a web browser. What's next, will you say the Watch is a failure because it doesn't have a QWERTY keyboard?


I demand a QWERTY keyboard and an 8mp camera! Also, I should be able to plug it into a TV and play 1080p iOS games at 60fps! No lag, minimal loading time!

/s
Rating: 3 Votes
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50 months ago

Apple Watch is doomed until I can edit spreadsheets and edit photos on it.


Dude. Spreadsheets? Such an amateur. I want Final Cut Pro X on my :apple: Watch. :D:D:D
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