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Apple watchOS might get third-party watchfaces support soon

16 April 2018 3

Apple's watchOS is an operating system meant for its smartwatches. It has received a number of improvements and new features since its debut with the release of Apple Watch (1st generation). A new 9to5Mac report suggests that it is all set to get one of the most requested features from developers which is support for third-party watchfaces.

This speculation is based on the reference spotted in the code of the latest watchOS 4.3.1 beta update. The reference features the line "This is where the 3rd party face config bundle generation would happen." This does not reveal too much about the watchfaces support but does confirm that Apple is at least considering the idea of adding the support.


For the uninitiated ones, watchfaces on smartwatches/wearables are same as wallpapers on smartphones and tablets. They allow users to customize the look of their wearable device to give it a unique look while getting preferred relevant information at the same time. watchOS does come with a bunch of watchfaces but all of them are created by Apple which means it does not allow developers to create their own watchfaces.

If this new report comes out to be true, it will definitely be a good news for both developers and users. Apple has not made any official statements regarding such a feature yet which means it can even scrap the idea if things don't go as it might be expecting.


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