The Apple Watch will have dedicated native apps from this autumn, according to Apple executive Jeff Williams.
Williams, speaking at Recode’s Code Conference, said Apple would be releasing developer tools for creating such apps at its Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) which starts on June 8th in San Francisco.
Until now, apps using Apple’s WatchKit system have had to work in conjunction with a connected iPhone, limiting the scope of what the smartwatch can do as a standalone device.
The release of these new tools means that we should see a string of new and updated watch apps launching at the same time as Apple’s new iOS 9 platform.
Williams, who oversees Apple’s supply chain as well as managing 3,000 engineers, said that developers will be able to build apps that access the watch’s sensors, something which should improve fitness apps such as Strava and Nike Running.
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