Apple to Stop Accepting Updates to watchOS 1 Apps on April 1, 2018

Apple today reminded developers to update their Apple Watch apps to take advantage of features introduced in watchOS 4 and Apple Watch Series 3, like increased performance, new background modes for navigation and audio recording, direct connections to Core Bluetooth, and more.

Apple also announced that starting on April 1, 2018, updates to watchOS 1 apps will no longer be accepted. All updates must be native apps built with the watchOS 2 SDK or later. Newly submitted watchOS apps should be built with the watchOS 4 SDK or later.


Apple first began requiring new apps to use the watchOS 2 SDK in June of 2016, and now that will also apply to app updates that are submitted. watchOS 1 apps that are not rebuilt using watchOS 2 SDKs or later will no longer be able to be updated after the April 2018 deadline.

Apps built with the native support features that were first introduced in watchOS 2 are able to run more quickly and operate more smoothly on the Apple Watch.

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11 months ago
watchos 1 apps were a mistake.
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11 months ago
Good. Developers shouldn't be using a 3 year old SDK anyways. Chances are this won't impact many.
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11 months ago
Makes sense. I’m still convinced that the MLB app hasn’t been updated yet, it runs incredibly slow
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11 months ago

Hopefully WatchOS 5 will drop support for them all together helping clean some of the crud out the operating system


I'm actually thinking watchOS 5 will no longer support the first generation Apple Watch altogether.
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11 months ago

Makes sense. I’m still convinced that the MLB app hasn’t been updated yet, it runs incredibly slow

if at all! I spend $130 a year for mob at bat and the watch app isn't worth a nickel!
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11 months ago

Still using original Apple watch here and love it as much as I did first day it came out.


I loved my series 0 and had no issues with it at the time but having updated to a series 2 at the start of the year for standalone gps the performance and battery improvements were very obvious and I have absolutely no regrets about doing so. Compared to the 2 the 0 just felt super sluggish.
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11 months ago
Hopefully WatchOS 5 will drop support for them all together helping clean some of the crud out the operating system
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11 months ago

You’re probably right, battery life and performance isn’t great. I’m going to upgrade to series 3 soon.


Still using original Apple watch here and love it as much as I did first day it came out. Will only upgrade to series 4, hoping for perhaps a bit of design changes to it.
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11 months ago
Should have required this long ago. These apps were a joke
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11 months ago

I'm actually thinking watchOS 5 will no longer support the first generation Apple Watch altogether.


That's why i'm thinking of upgrading from my series 0 to the Series 3, also an increase in battery life and the better fitness features would be nice.
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