The new version of watchOS 5 could come with a quite interesting feature, native applications for the Apple Watch, leaving aside the applications that work in mirror mode.
This will lead to noticeable improvements in application performance, as they are native they become independent from the iPhone , offering a better user experience. Although not all is gold that glitters, at least for some developers.
With the first watchOS version, we checked the slowness of the apps by depending on the iPhone and the Bluetooth connection. Things improved just a few months later with the following updates, where they allowed native applications to be made . Now, this development would be mandatory, at least so says the latest watchOS 4.3.1 beta, according to 9to5mac.
Although we all look forward to any update that Apple puts in front of us, not all developers see it with the same eyes because of the guidelines Apple sets in the following versions.
The last case is with Instagram , where last week they removed their app for the Apple Watch. Instagram claims that the user base is too small and it doesn’t compensate them to keep developing it. It is not the only “big” app that has followed the same path. Amazon, Slack or Google did the same thing a long time ago.
With the arrival of watchOS 5 , all applications will have to be native, i.e. work independently without having an iPhone nearby. This move is logical, especially with the launch of the Apple Watch with LTE .
But also, improves the user experience by being faster and more stable applications. We all remember the first versions, slow and hopeless, to the point that you could practically make a coffee while opening an app. Yes, I know, it’s a big exaggeration (or not).
With the current beta of watchOS , we can see a compatibility warning message on applications that are not natively developed, indicating that they may not be compatible in the future.
What would you like to see on watchOS 5? Would you buy an Apple Watch LTE if it were available?