Yesterday, Apple published an announcement to developers in which it was indicated that as of June 1 All new applications that are submitted to the App Store for approval must be fully developed with the watchOS 2 SDK or later, that is, with the latest development kit published by the company.
This means that from that moment the Apple Watch it will no longer be so dependent on the iPhone at least with regard to the applications, since being based on this kit, it will make them run directly on the clock and not on the smartphone to later send the data wirelessly, which made this process much slower .
Recall that watchOS 2 was introduced in June of last year, shortly after the Apple Watch went on sale. Now with the access to the recent watchOS 2 SDK, the developers were able to create their own custom-designed "complications" for the watch face, as well as access to different elements of Apple Watch hardware such as Digital Crown, Taptic Engine, Microphone and Speaker. In addition, software support for HealthKit was also added, with the possibility of a repository of biometric data from Apple, to which said features were also added in applications that perform functions of reading accelerometer data and transferring said training data back to the application of activities.
The final version of watchOS 2 was officially released last September with a number of user interface improvements, Siri, Apple Pay (in those countries where it is active), in wallet, maps and much more.
We still do not know any details of the successor to the Apple Watch, but surely with this requirement that the applications run natively and with improved hardware, surely we will forget once and for all the slow execution of some applications , a real drag on a device as versatile as this smartwatch.