Who’s writing apps for the iWatch?

At this point, it’s looking pretty likely that Apple will have iWatch news for us at its Tuesday event, regardless of whether or not the wearable is due for an immediate retail release (and things have been leaning towards “not”). Assuming that we do indeed get to this see new smartwatch, what software will be running on it? Not Apple code – that’s obvious – but what of third-party support? After all, we critique these existing wearable platforms based on their app selections, so surely we’ll be looking at Apple’s in the same light, and so far there hasn’t been a lot of talk about apps. A new report attempts to explain just why that might be, claiming that some third-party devs are indeed working on iWatch software, but that they’ve only very recently had access to the iWatch SDK.

Apple has made iOS 8 itself available to developers since late spring, and even though this is the release that will herald us into the age of the Apple wearable, the builds we’ve seen so far haven’t been focused so much on such devices. Instead, Apple has supposedly been cherry-picking a select group of high-profile devs for early iWatch SDK access, all under heavy NDA.

Like who? Facebook’s the only name that’s been specifically mentioned, so imagine other companies of its ilk: Twitter, Snapchat maybe?

Once the cat’s out of the bag, Apple might then start making the iWatch SDK more broadly available, in hopes of bulking-up the iWatch app selection in anticipation of the start of sales early next year.

Source: 9to5 Mac

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