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  • Developers No Longer Allowed to Create Apple Watch Apps That Tell Time


    Apple recently made a slight update to its official App Store Review Guidelines, one that is actually important, banning developers from creating Apple Watch apps that are meant to mostly tell the time. The new rule, under the “User Interface” section, states that "Watch Apps whose primary function is telling time will be rejected."

    The Cupertino California company has actually been rejecting Watch apps that fit the specified criteria for quite some time but until today hadn’t updated its policy to reflect that. The Apple Watch includes nine different faces by default, each of which can be customized with various colors and other complications, but doesn’t support third-party ones. Building them in app-form might have been a potential workaround although the native faces get to enjoy several interface conveniences that third-party apps cannot.

    There may eventually be a possibility of more faces when Apple releases the Watch SDK with native app support. Apple is said to release it later this year so everyone will have to be patient until then. That being said, Apple hasn’t announced any plans for third-party faces. In the meantime, the company could release more faces for its own via software updates. The Cupertino California company is likely to do this as well considering that two of the faces that the company revealed last September, TimeLapse and Photo, are both absent from the shipping version of the Watch OS. Ultimately we’ll have to wait and see.

    Source: Apple (Developer)
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Developers No Longer Allowed to Create Apple Watch Apps That Tell Time started by Akshay Masand View original post
    Comments 12 Comments
    1. novadam's Avatar
      novadam -
      here's a somewhat related question i have: if/when 8.3 (or 8.4) is jailbroken, will that automatically "jailbreak" the watch?
    1. JollyRogger's Avatar
      JollyRogger -
      I would guess not, however.

      The watch is an extention of the phone and essentially does what the phone tells it too, so if you have a jailbroken phone then you could send your own apps / faces to the watch via the watch app.

      I'm no developer so it's just my 2p worth
    1. novadam's Avatar
      novadam -
      that's what I'm thinking.
    1. TDH Advocate's Avatar
      TDH Advocate -
      Quote Originally Posted by novadam View Post
      here's a somewhat related question i have: if/when 8.3 (or 8.4) is jailbroken, will that automatically "jailbreak" the watch?
      I would think to an extent yes. But not entirely. You may be able to bypass some restrictions but I don't think that you would be able to do things like say theme it with Winterboard. Maybe side load apps or some features like watch faces but even that may be a stretch.
    1. bigboyz's Avatar
      bigboyz -
      Why not ask Android users that root their devices if it then trickles down to their watch? I would say no. This would be an ability that would have been heavily touted as being better than Apples offering. I would say no at this time. Just my two pennies.
    1. talkin73's Avatar
      talkin73 -
      Quote Originally Posted by JollyRogger View Post
      I would guess not, however.

      The watch is an extention of the phone and essentially does what the phone tells it too, so if you have a jailbroken phone then you could send your own apps / faces to the watch via the watch app.

      I'm no developer so it's just my 2p worth
      I have little understanding of how the watch works so that is useful to consider. So are all the settings like watch faces and other things set from the phone? Are there any significant or major settings you do on the watch itself?
    1. TDH Advocate's Avatar
      TDH Advocate -
      Quote Originally Posted by talkin73 View Post
      I have little understanding of how the watch works so that is useful to consider. So are all the settings like watch faces and other things set from the phone? Are there any significant or major settings you do on the watch itself?
      There are a lot of settings that have to be changed only on the watch itself I believe while there are settings that can only be changed from the iPhone. I don't know everything because I can't get my hands on one until they come to actual stores but I've been doing a lot of research since I'm trying to develop for them. But the watchfaces are locked to the watch itself I believe.
    1. docmagoo2's Avatar
      docmagoo2 -
      Apple have some very daft rules...
    1. novadam's Avatar
      novadam -
      OMG GUYS MY STAINLESS WITH SPORT BAND WILL BE HERE TOMORROW.

      went with all caps bc I know you guys are excited for me.
    1. noop's Avatar
      noop -
      It would really suck if an apple watch won't be able to pair up with a jailbroken iPhone.
    1. vinaygoel2000's Avatar
      vinaygoel2000 -
      Quote Originally Posted by noop View Post
      It would really suck if an apple watch won't be able to pair up with a jailbroken iPhone.
      That would suck and hopefully xcon would work.
    1. exNavy's Avatar
      exNavy -
      What a stupid rule. If a dev makes a better looking UI and they can sell it, what's the problem Apple? You get a cut, remember?