On the 8th of June, technology giant Apple has decided to further the software development of the Apple Watch. Bearing in mind that “two heads are better than one”, they are going to allow 3rd party developers to build native apps for the device. The changes are expected to come during this fall.
Apple has built its reputation as the technology specialist because of their often software updates and hardware upgrades that users ask for. The iPhone is a great example of this, as its development was mainly inspired by the users’ needs and wants. It has barely been a full month since the market has had the opportunity to buy the first Apple Watches, and already Apple is bettering its software. The new watchOS – the operating system for the Apple Watch, will get its successor – watchOS 2.
The new OS is announced as a better and more capable version, with more options for developers. Apple will now allow developers to create native apps for the iWatch. This will, in turn, provide users with apps that can access advanced functions of the watch – such as heart rate sensor or the digital crown (the part of a regular watch used for setting time is actually a very advanced controller for the iWatch). Those poker apps with opponents’ heart rate on your screen don’t look so futuristic now, do they?
Not only that, but the new, native apps will allow for faster graphics and better responsiveness. The current state of affairs has prompted a lot of users to complain about the usage of the watch – the ongoing Bluetooth communication between the Apple Watch and iPhone was slowing down any given process. Now, when the Apple Watch will be capable of directly doing some things, without the need for channeling data through the phone, it will get a lot more powerful. And as experience teaches us, the better and smoother the graphics and commands work, the more likely are users to utilize them.
On the other hand, this increase in speed may prompt users to rely on the iWatch a lot more. This is not an issue in itself, but this means more application installs, and more often usage of the Watch. More application installs will lead to more purchases, which is great for the developers, as well as the Apple stocks, but it also means that Apple Watch may need to expand its memory size in the very near future. More usage means greater battery drain, and that will ask for a greater battery life to be achieved.
These issues may come a burning topic among Apple users by next spring. We definitely hope Apple is working on Watch 2, because we would love to see more of it!