Apple to Allow Third-party Developers to Design Device


Apple revised its policy, permitting third-party developers to create their own custom faces for the device, as announced by the company on April 17, 2018.

After the launch of Apple Watch, Apple did not allow third-party developers to create and release their own custom faces for the device. According to code in the latest developer’s build, discovered by 9to5Mac, third-party developers can design their own versions.

9to5Mac uncovered code in watchOS 4.3.1, which reveals information about its future updates, such as warnings for old apps, in addition to a log message that states “this is where the 3rd party face configuration bundle generation would happen.”

Apple will allow developers to make their own watchfaces at some point in the future. It is uncertain when the company intends to make this possible, however, users will be happy to know this since they would get a wide range of designs to choose from.

In 2017, Apple unveiled the current watchOS during the 2017 Worldwide Developer’s Conference, while the company announced plans to unveil watchOS 5 at WWDC on June 4, 2018.


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