It looks like Apple could be prepping to finally bring third-party watch faces to its smartwatch, according to some revealing code that appeared in the latest watchOS software update.
A log message found inside of the framework responsible for watch faces was discovered in the watchOS 4.3.1 update. That message reads, 'This is where the 3rd party face config bundle generation would happen'. So, a pretty big indication it's coming.
We just don't know when it's coming. Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference is set for June, though, where we anticipate learning more about watchOS 5. Maybe that's when we'll get to see a Watch feature that a lot of people have no doubt been waiting for.
Currently, Apple offers the ability to customise a collection of its own native watch faces with complications (widgets) and has focused on collaborations with Disney and Pixar to offer a bit more variety.
Google's Wear smartwatches and even Fitbit smartwatches like the Versa offer the ability to create your own watch faces. It's not all that surprising that Apple has so far been strict on who makes the watch faces, no doubt to maintain some form of quality control.
It looks like that's going to change though and we're sure there's a lot of Apple Watch owners (and developers) out there glad that Apple is seemingly ready to loosen those watch face creating shackles.
Source: 9to5 Mac
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