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Developers Need to Update WatchOS 1 Apps to Improve Compatibility With Future Versions

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Apple’s watchOS 1 has its 4.3.1 beta includes a warning message for the users regarding updating the related apps. The message says that support for watchOS 1 apps will be ending soon.

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As a solution, it clearly states that the respective apps’ developers need to provide updates to improve compatibility. That’s an interesting way for Apple to convey the message.

Tapping Ok after the message appears will get you to open the app normally. This concludes that beta 4.3.1 is compatible with the older Watch software.

Last November, Apple notified developers that it would not accept watchOS 1 app submissions in 2018. Starting April 1, they are required to use watchOS 2 development kit or later for building updates to existing apps. On the other hand, the new apps must be coded with at least watchOS 4 or later.

Now, the Apple Watch has been starting to gain popularity, but major app makers have ‘abandoned development of the apps for the platform. Instagram started off this month by killing its app instead of rebuilding it with watchOS 4 SDK.

We’re keeping a tab on what Apple brings next for its Wearable. Stay tuned!


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