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Apple iWatch to support third-party apps: Report

Apple’s soon to be announced iWatch will support third-party appls and may also have an App Store, 9to5Mac reports. The company has “very recently” sent out SDK for wearables to Facebook and som

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Apple’s soon to be announced iWatch will support third-party appls and may also have an App Store, 9to5Mac reports. The company has “very recently” sent out SDK for wearables to Facebook and some other social networks and services, under strict non-disclosure agreements, the report adds.

Seeding SDKs to developers days before the event is nothing new, though. Apple has on many occasions over the past several product launches, including the iPad, shared the software development kit with select key developers. This is done so that the company has apps to showcase on the product at the time of launch or announcement. Apple is likely to show some third-party apps on the iWatch on Tuesday.

The new SDK is also reported to have deep integration with several of iOS 8’s features, including Extensions, HomeKit APIs, HealthKit, in addition to Continuity, Handoff and Widgets features that will enable the smartwatch to send data back and forth across Apple devices.

A recent report suggested that the iWatch will have a flexible display with Sapphire glass. The wearable will sport a range of sensors which will track users’ heartbeat, sweat, and footsteps among other vital signs.

Apple has invited top fashion journalists to its September 9 invite-only event where it is expected to launch two larger iPhones and the iWatch. The event will be live streamed on Apple’s website, alternatively you can also follow our iPhone 6 ive blog.

  • Published Date: September 7, 2014 11:47 AM IST
  • Updated Date: September 9, 2014 8:13 PM IST