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Apple Asks Developers to Submit watchOS Apps to Apple Watch App Store

Apple today asked developers to begin building, testing, and submitting watchOS 6 apps for inclusion in the new standalone Apple Watch App Store.

Starting with ‌watchOS 6‌, developers are able to distribute apps built solely for the ‌Apple Watch‌ without a companion app on iOS. Apple was not previously accepting standalone ‌Apple Watch‌ submissions and has also updated its watchOS site for developers.


‌Apple Watch‌ apps can be installed from the ‌Apple Watch‌ ‌App Store‌ directly on the wrist even when an iPhone isn't available.
With ‌watchOS 6‌, customers around the world can use the new ‌App Store‌ on ‌Apple Watch‌ to easily discover, browse, search, and install apps directly on their wrist. And for the first time, you can distribute an app just for ‌Apple Watch‌, without a companion app on iOS. Build your watchOS apps using Xcode 11 GM seed, test them on devices running the latest ‌watchOS 6‌ GM seed, and submit them for review.
Apple says that starting in April 2020, all new watchOS apps and app updates submitted to the ‌App Store‌ will need to be built with the ‌watchOS 6‌ SDK and support the ‌Apple Watch‌ Series 4 or later.

‌watchOS 6‌ with standalone ‌App Store‌ is set to launch on the Series 3 and Series 4 ‌Apple Watch‌ models on Thursday, September 19. It will be available for Series 1 and Series 2 ‌Apple Watch‌ models later in the year.

The ‌Apple Watch‌ Series 5, which launches on Friday, September 20, will come with ‌watchOS 6‌ installed.

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9 weeks ago
Did they have to ask them because nobody was?
Rating: 11 Votes
9 weeks ago
please.. PLEAASE whatsapp. Make an apple watch app with voice messages support...
Rating: 7 Votes
9 weeks ago
This should unleash some cool stuff.

Of course the temptation for 3rd parties to want to really monitor you (who wouldn't want to know your heart rate and give advertisements based on that) for monetization will be even greater - so Apple will have to watch apps carefully.
Rating: 4 Votes
9 weeks ago

Paving the way for the Apple Watch to be a totally untethered device.

I’m planning on getting a 3G series 5 and going sans phone until they release an SE size replacement (maybe / probably never)


Agreed! I am really looking forward to the day when we can use an Apple Watch without owning an iPhone.
Rating: 4 Votes
9 weeks ago
I hope Strava finally commits to making a decent standalone app compared to the current half assed attempt they've been running since the series 2 launched.
Rating: 4 Votes
9 weeks ago

Did they have to ask them because nobody was?

I'm wondering the same thing. for some reason the whole 'running apps on your wrist' seems to be have been forgotten in a weird way, despite them launching an App Store. ... I assume they will get there eventually. The Apple Watch is going to supplant the iPhone for all of the most rudimentary tasks. It's just a matter of time.
Rating: 4 Votes
9 weeks ago
Here's hoping (AGAIN!) that someone will create a true Couch-5k experience like the old "Get Running" app. I want guided training based on my actual distance, not based on a pre recorded timed audio track, and I want it all without having to take my iPhone along for the run.
Rating: 4 Votes
9 weeks ago
Apps need to support watch 4 or later!?! But they are only selling the 3 and 5......So one of the watches they are selling today is already on its way to not being supported :(
Rating: 3 Votes
9 weeks ago
I don’t think too many developers see much money or use cases to justify spending time on building apps for the watch. In fact many of my former apps have stopped support for Apple Watch.
Rating: 2 Votes
9 weeks ago
Paving the way for the Apple Watch to be a totally untethered device.

I’m planning on getting a 3G series 5 and going sans phone until they release an SE size replacement (maybe / probably never)
Rating: 2 Votes

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