Apple Watch Hacked to Display Custom Watch Faces

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple doesn't allow developers to create custom watch faces for the Apple Watch, preferring to maintain control over the general look of the device, but that hasn't stopped iOS developer Hamza Sood from tinkering with the Apple Watch and getting a custom watch face uploaded onto the device.

    In a tweet posted this afternoon, Sood shared a video of a custom animated watch face with multiple color options.

    The watch face source code that was used to create the custom watch face has been made available on GitHub and will require watchOS 2. Earlier this summer, Sood also joined several other developers in efforts to hack watchOS 2 to run truly native apps like Canabalt and a Flappy Bird clone.


    It is not clear if Apple has plans to allow third-party developers to create watch faces for the Apple Watch in the future, but it's possible that as watchOS and the Apple Watch mature, Apple will be less restrictive. For now, hacks like Sood's are the only way to get custom watch faces on the device.

    Article Link: Apple Watch Hacked to Display Custom Watch Faces
  2. FWRN macrumors member


    Apr 10, 2012
    Charlotte, NC
  3. Brian Y macrumors 68040

    Oct 21, 2012
    Surely it's a bad idea releasing the source before OS2 is actually out.
  4. Goldfrapp macrumors 601


    Jul 31, 2005
  5. MuGeN PoWeR macrumors 68020

    MuGeN PoWeR

    Jun 29, 2011
  6. magicschoolbus macrumors 6502a


    May 27, 2014
    Why they did not launch this with customizable watch faces you could download from app store for a fee is beyond me.
  7. xlost6 macrumors 6502

    Feb 28, 2011

    Finally! Now that watch OS2 is about to release!
  8. AnthonyHarris macrumors 6502


    Jun 4, 2009
    Cambridge, England
    I know its very early and coding takes time, but I'd have tried to do something... less crap... before sharing this 'ability', even knowing theres a race to hack the thing.
  9. keysofanxiety macrumors G3


    Nov 23, 2011
    …which firmly confirms why you shouldn't, at least if that's the picture you choose.

    @AngerDanger, you know what to do :D
  10. Fortimir macrumors 6502a


    Sep 5, 2007
    Indianapolis, IN
    Pretty sure they'll get there soon enough. I think they had other priorities to meet launch requirements.
  11. jdillings macrumors 68000

    Jun 21, 2015
  12. hlfway2anywhere macrumors 65816

    Jul 15, 2006
    i think you're right about this. WatchOS 2.0 is probably what they really wanted to put out at the beginning but didn't have time to perfect it. Custom faces was probably originally a "2.0" idea.
  13. Four oF NINE macrumors 68000

    Four oF NINE

    Sep 28, 2011
    Hell's Kitchen
    If that's the best they can come up with, I'm not missing anything
  14. nigerson macrumors member

    Aug 29, 2014
    That way they can announce this as some sort of exclusive new break through in watch face technology in the apple watch 2.
  15. NachoGrande macrumors 6502a

    Mar 30, 2010
  16. Mascots macrumors 68000


    Sep 5, 2009
    Ah! I hope this slips by Apple and isn't patched before Fall.

    Looking at the source, though, while Apple could easily patch it by changing signatures, the frameworks are still written Obj-C, which means exposed headers. I doubt they'd go as far as to add any sort of complex restrictions beyond changing method names - as is routine for private APIs - especially when they're probably minting an internal GM very soon.

    Unfortunately, it'll probably never make it pass review. But f it, I'm making s few faces of my own ;)
  17. Ulysses164, Aug 18, 2015
    Last edited: Aug 18, 2015

    Ulysses164 macrumors newbie


    Sep 3, 2010
    Sydney, Australia
    I'm really not sure Apple would ever let developers install watch faces without some severe, severe curation on their part - keeping the Apple Watch Apple Watch-like and all.
  18. Pakaku macrumors 68000


    Aug 29, 2009
  19. Pakaku macrumors 68000


    Aug 29, 2009
    I wonder how long Apple can keep up the facade that this is a luxurious jewelry piece that requires pristine curation. Yes, it's good to keep a quality standard, but come on.
  20. firewood macrumors 604

    Jul 29, 2003
    Silicon Valley
    If it's open sourced, it doesn't have to pass review. Just download Xcode, build from source, and install it directly on your own iPhone and watch.
  21. Mascots macrumors 68000


    Sep 5, 2009
    I don't think it's a curation thing, I think it's more of a "we have a lot of work to do" kind of thing. Basically, OS 2 is a slight iteration, a "service package" to OS 1; the upgrades are more like updates, even native apps are essentially the extensions written for iPhone crafted to work on the device.

    I think, and hope, they're saving major updates for the next cycle, with the main team working in the advance cycle for the next major update which will be more surprising. I don't think they'd hold out that long without tapping their developer market.

    But then again, I didn't think they'd skip it in this update so: ~\(o_o)/~
  22. Mascots macrumors 68000


    Sep 5, 2009
    I forgot that non developers can build on the device now - radical.
  23. Rogifan macrumors Core


    Nov 14, 2011
    When did Apple say that's why they're not allowing custom watch faces?
  24. Pakaku macrumors 68000


    Aug 29, 2009
    But the fact that they have to rely on developers for this thing to kick off is why I don't think "the utmost highest level of curation" is realistic. Otherwise, the price-point ratio would be severely unbalanced, no matter how polished the devs can try to make their software. This is really just a box with computer parts inside, it's not a 24K diamond even if Apple tries to market it so.
  25. Benjamin Frost Suspended

    Benjamin Frost

    May 9, 2015
    London, England
    Balmy not to have thousands of custom watch faces in the first place.

    Apple keep saying this is their most personal device. It's not if you've only got a handful of faces. My iMac is more personal; I can choose millions of faces for it.

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