The Iphone was fairly dry in terms of apps/functionality when it first launched

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  1. Symtex macrumors 6502a

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    There will be a slew of 3rd party apps that will resolve most of the functionality missing on the Apple Watch at launch.. If you look on how so little apps the original Iphone had compare to now. I am not worried at all. It's a brand new echo system and there is a lot of smart/clever developer out there that will create the most amazing experience with the watch.
     
  2. Mac-Addict macrumors 65816

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    The original iPhone did not support 3rd party applications.. And er, okay.
     
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    Third party watch apps cannot resolve missing functionality, because using the current development kit they cannot access sensors, digital crown, accelerometers, touchscreen, and can't even update the screen fast enough for a watch-face. The dev kit is designed to make simple menus that are controlled by an app running on the iPhone.
     
  5. simsdaniel macrumors regular

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    Just like the iPhone, apps will make the Apple Watch whole. The unfortunate part about that is as they are currently just extensions that can't do to much, our experience won't be the best. Reviewers have said that the difference (Functionality & speed) between Apple apps (Native) and 3rd party apps (Extensions) is night and day, sadly.

    I hope it doesn't take too long for Apple to allow native Apple Watch Apps and that once they do, developers get on board quickly. Kinda strange and disappointing that native apps aren't allowed on day one.
     
  6. compg318 macrumors regular

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    iOS 2.0
     
  7. ZombiePartie macrumors member

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    You will be surprised when you see what is possible even with the current SDK limitations.
     
  8. /dev/toaster macrumors 68020

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    I hope it is something announced at WWDC. If they can't beaf up the SDK for the watch it won't be good long term.
     
  9. simsdaniel macrumors regular

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    WWDC sounds like it would be the perfect place to announce/release it. Hopefully that means we'll have native apps arriving around July.
     
  10. /dev/toaster macrumors 68020

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    Well, the sad thing is that I don't think they are going to add it until iOS 9. Which means October.
     
  11. valleian macrumors regular

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    iPhone OS 2.0
     
  12. zmunkz macrumors 6502a

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    Hopefully they open things up to developers quickly. They have a bit more experience with that transition now that when iPhone first launched.
     
  13. zacheryjensen macrumors 6502a

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    They will just as soon as they have a few months with satisfactory battery life in the minds of owners, because, third party native apps are inevitably going to have terrible power consumption profiles due to developer incompetence as well as people just pushing too hard on the platform.

    So, maybe mid Fall, with app acceptance Q1 2016. Could be faster, though, Could be more like WWDC announce/beta, and Q4 app acceptance alongside iPhone 7 release.
     

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