#PSA: Apple Watch Apps Need To Be Native Staring Sunday April 1st

If you’re an Apple Watch owner, you can expect a slew of updates for the apps on your Apple Watch this week and next week. That’s because Apple a while ago gave those who develop apps for the Apple Watch a deadline of Sunday April 1st to have make their apps to be native apps. What does that mean for you? It means the following:

  • The apps can work with as little as a Internet connection to the Apple Watch and without a phone being present.
  • The apps will perform better.
  • The apps will get access to new background modes for navigation and audio recording, built-in altimeter capabilities, direct connections to accessories with Core Bluetooth among other things. That will make the apps way more functional than they are now.

Thus when you get requests to update the apps on your phone over the next couple of weeks, and you know that it installs an accompanying app on your Apple Watch, you should install it as you’ll likely get a bit of an improvement in terms of how it works and performs.

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