A few weeks ago we were talking about how Spotify was going to return to the Apple Watch very soon as they opened a beta version so that we could check the operation of this service on Apple’s smart clock. It seems that this beta has gone quite well as a new version of Spotify has been released today on the App Store that includes this support.
This update can be installed by all users without the need to be in any betas program. Once you install this latest version, 8.4.79 , your iPhone will display the Spotify icon on your linked Apple Watch, as long as you allow all your iPhone apps to be installed on your watch.
In the update notes it is highlighted that this is a first version for the Apple Watch, so it doesn’t have all the features it will offer when a few updates pass.
At the moment we can only control the iPhone app, choose a specific playlist and select the audio output device which can be our own iPhone or external speakers. We can appreciate that we don’t have the possibility to play music offline by previously downloading our playlist, although according to the company itself it will arrive soon.
This last feature we mentioned of being able to play music independently from the iPhone is something that is quite necessary and we hope it will end up coming in the next few weeks. This function will allow us to leave our iPhone at home, connect the AirPods to the clock and play our music while we exercise without depending on the mobile phone, just like we have in Apple Music.
It is clear that third party applications are returning to the Apple Watch , as the operating system is now much more efficient and attractive to the developer. Few applications currently get stuck when trying to open them for example, something we appreciate and which is partly the responsibility of the software and also of the new hardware.