watchOS ... a new operating system only for Apple Watch?

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by jonnguyen12, Jun 7, 2015.

  1. jonnguyen12 macrumors newbie

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    I took this from the WWDC app. It was updated a few days ago. As you can see, there is a new category called watchOS. Apple might decide to give the Apple Watch an operating system of its own.
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  2. Appl3FTW macrumors 601

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    Uh the one it's running now is called watch OS lulz
     
  3. xraydoc macrumors demi-god

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    Umm.... That's the name of the OS the watch runs.

    Is this a surprise?
     
  4. jonnguyen12 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    hmm i mean isnt watchOS currently based on iOS?... and developers need WatchKit to write apps for it.
    What if Apple decided to write a new OS from scratch? and we have to learn a different way to write native Watch apps. This could be exciting.
     
  5. soya macrumors 6502

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  6. Michael CM1 macrumors 603

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    All of the iOS flavors are based on OS X. So basically every Apple OS is a cousin. But each OS has its different uses and APIs since they're modeled on different devices. You're not going to have Digital Crown APIs on anything but Watch OS. Watch OS also isn't going to support quite as much multitasking as an iPhone, especially not an iPad.
     
  7. Rok73 macrumors 65816

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    It's just a rebranding, nothing else. iOS was once named iPhone OS.
     
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