Custom Watch Faces for Dev's

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by irentamac, May 20, 2015.

  1. irentamac, May 20, 2015
    Last edited: May 20, 2015

    irentamac macrumors regular


    Mar 10, 2014
    Tempe, AZ
    Any developers out there thinking about creating their own Watch up to act as a custom watch face?!? I was thinking about this today after seeing some custom options that people can configure for Android watches.

    Now, I know you couldn't get this in the app store, but for individual use, you could certainly deploy it to your own device.

    Anyone thought about doing this?
  2. spotman macrumors member


    May 4, 2015
    Los Angeles, California
    It's a fun idea for sure. I suppose you could implement it in a glance, or an actual "app".

    I think I recall seeing a setting in the watch where you could tell it to not go back to its normal (the apple) clock on deactivation. Maybe if you turned this off, and had your own clock app running, you could get the desired effect.

    But yeah, as you mentioned, apple won't approve it, and it would be hard to even get it to people as they have a small approval process for even mass-testing apps now.

    Interesting idea for sure. Would be fun to play with.
  3. zmunkz macrumors 6502a


    Nov 4, 2007
    I've been thinking about this since day one… I wasn't actually too impressed with faces they provided, and I figured I could at least make one myself. But it's not going to be as convenient because the watch won't return to it by default.
  4. irentamac thread starter macrumors regular


    Mar 10, 2014
    Tempe, AZ
    It would if you set it to "Resume Previous Activity" in the "On Wrist Raise" section.

    Although, I think we would need native apps and free access to complications data for this to really be interesting.
  5. jclardy macrumors 68040


    Oct 6, 2008
    That would work, but I think the real issue would be the insane amount of battery would constantly be using the Bluetooth connection to update the watch face. Waiting for native apps is the only way it would make sense and be useable.
  6. CobraPA macrumors 6502a

    Mar 12, 2011
    Lansdale, PA, USA
    Yeah, have to agree about the update problem. Hopefully the native app support or a watch face API is coming, otherwise you have to render the watch face to an image and push it to the watch from the phone. That won't be a nice experience.

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