How come developers can't create Watch faces yet?

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  1. shenfrey macrumors 68000

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    Sorry if this has already been asked before a thousand times, couldn't find an answer via search.

    Does Apple not want that?
     
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    Actually it has only been asked 999 times before. :eek: The reason is because Apple doesn't allow it. WHY????, as usual only Apple knows.


    Possible/maybes:

    • Copyright infringement
    • Ive/Apple doesn't want 'fart apps' faces
    • Apple knows best
    • Control over white to black ratio (battery)
     
  3. tearzyo macrumors member

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    What he said and Hermes exclusives would be replaced by "funny faces". This is the same reason we can't mod iOS like android.
     
  4. The-Real-Deal82 macrumors 601

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    It would be nice if they added more designs. I'm glad they block the ability to add Rolex knockoff faces and things like that but they could release some neutral designs.
     
  5. Relentless Power macrumors P6

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    It's likely to do with copyright contingencies. Apple never officially elaborated why. And the consensus seems to be we would all like more Watch face options.
     
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    Jesus, OP...

    What answer did Apple give you before you came here?
     
  7. shenfrey thread starter macrumors 68000

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    I haven't spoken to apple about it
     
  8. bigjnyc macrumors 601

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    I understand all the reasons why the they don't allow it, but a simple solution would be to set stricter guidelines and monitor them more carefully before approving
     
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    Right, so then we'll see users complaining about how they can't make their AW into a Fauxlex or Feiko like they can with a Moto360.
     
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    I just wish Apple would give us a few Hermés-like rectangular faces.
     
  11. GoSUV macrumors member

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    I have a friend who just got a Samsung Gear S3 and he was showing off/us the tons of different watch faces including fake Omegas, Rolex and IWC's and what not, but after a few days the novelty wears off, I can see why Apple doesn't venture into this, besides copyright infringements.
     
  12. The-Real-Deal82 macrumors 601

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    Thank goodness we can't, developers who produce those should be sued.
     
  13. Julien macrumors G3

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    It's not worth it since it would cost a lot with little to no monetary gain. Android being open makes this much harder. However if Apple did allowed then being a 100% proprietary/liable system and with deep pockets it would turn into a sue Apple fest. Just look at what a 'lazy' Apple developer cost Apple a few years ago by copying a Swiss railroad clock.
    http://www.businessinsider.com/apple-paid-21-million-for-swiss-railways-clock-2012-11
     
  14. SoN1NjA macrumors 65816

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    Honestly glad developers can't, cringe everytime I see dumb faces on those S2 and Hawaii watch models,

    I would like Apple to keep putting at least 3 faces with every update, and I was very happy with the Numerals face
     
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    If memory serves me, this was one of the promoted benefits of the apple watch, then when it arrived we could not add new watch faces. This missing feature is probably one of the biggest disappointments I have with the apple watch
     
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    I don't remember it ever be advertised with custom faces
     
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    I don't think it was advertised, but I think it was mentioned prior to its arrival that developers could create custom watch faces. I could be wrong, as my memory can be sketchy at time :)
     
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    Yeah still don't recall that, it was however shown with the Photo face in the 10 minute intro video, which only arrived with watchOS 3
     
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    I remember Photos being available to use as faces (well, backgrounds, technically) in watchOS 1 (or whichever one was available before Sept 2015):
    https://forums.macrumors.com/threads/quick-n-dirty-watch-background-pic-tutorial.1919921/

    But, yeah, it wasn't until watchOS3 where we could add complications to all faces including Photos.
     
  20. SparkFlash macrumors 6502

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    Yeah I admit this is annoying. But the reason is as mentioned above. Apple just doesn't allow it.
     
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    Go back and ask Apple, then.

    Go ahead and say that people "on the forums" are wondering.

    I'm sure that'll go over real well.
     
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    How does one even contact Apple? Who would you contact? Marketing, software engineering, design, press?
     
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    http://www.apple.com/contact/
    http://www.apple.com/feedback/

    Yes, I am. It was a stupid question and deserved no better of a response.
     
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    Cook's email address is something like cook@apple.com (no joke).
     

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