Developers Not Keen on Writing Apps for the Apple Watch

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VP of mobile database Realm and app developer, Tim Anglade, has said that developers don’t seem interested in writing apps for the Apple Watch these days, Business Insider reports. Realm’s database is used by over 100,000 app developers, which gives Realm “a unique vantage point” in seeing which devices have captured mobile developers’ interest and which have not, says Anglade.

“On a weekly basis we’re seeing very few Watch apps, compared to iOS apps,” he says. “For every 1,000 new iOS apps being built, there are 10 tvOS apps and maybe 1 Watch app.”

There was a bit of a rush to write Watch apps when it first came out, but these days, it’s seen as merely a companion to the iPhone, and many developers aren’t seeing much money in Watch companion apps.

However, Anglade believes that a new version of Apple Watch, which rumoured to debut at WWDC which kicks off June 13, could change their minds. He added that connectivity and access to sensors will be solved in the next version of Watch. Furthermore, the developers will be listening for details such as how Apple worked out a longer battery life.

Until that happens, developers seem to be far more focused on iPhones, Macs, and tvOS.

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  • Tim

    They should try to make the watch do something the phone can’t do. That would be a good start.

  • awkpain

    There aren’t enough people with an Apple Watch to make it worth being a priority.