watchos2betaApple today informed developers that starting on June 1, 2016, all watchOS apps submitted to the App Store must be native apps built with the watchOS 2 SDK or later.

When the Apple Watch first launched, watchOS apps were reliant on the iPhone to run on the Apple Watch, but with watchOS 2, Apple introduced support for native apps. With native app support, developers can build apps that are able to run on the Apple Watch, allowing apps to open more quickly and work more smoothly.

Apple's June 1 deadline for native apps hits two weeks before the company's Worldwide Developers Conference, where it is expected to show off new versions of iOS, OS X, watchOS, and tvOS.

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Top Rated Comments

Aluminum213 Avatar
93 months ago

This will help with the fact that 99% of watch apps are slow junk
Score: 29 Votes (Like | Disagree)
OneMike Avatar
93 months ago
But native apps are still slow...
Score: 21 Votes (Like | Disagree)
MMan5797 Avatar
93 months ago
I wonder if this is in preparation for a next Gen Apple Watch that is less iPhone reliant to be revealed at WWDC?
Score: 18 Votes (Like | Disagree)
DFierce Avatar
93 months ago
Thank god. Slow apps make a really poor experience on the watch.
Score: 12 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Sirious Avatar
93 months ago
This is good news. I can't count how many times I've given up on an app due to its long load times and completed the task on my iPhone instead.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Pakaku Avatar
93 months ago
So even Apple admits the iPhone crutch was a really stupid idea?
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)