This is good news for the Apple Watch developers where, Apple announced that it will starts accepting the submissions for Apple Watch application updates from the developers . The app updates were only for select partner apps, today’s announcement opens the door for all developers to submit their Apple Watch updates.
Actually this announcement came out through Apple’s developer portal where you can find a new webpage titled Preparing Your App Submission for Apple Watch previous details on sending Watch submissions to the App Store review team. For starters, app previews must only depict iPhone apps.
The app preview may only use footage of your iPhone app, and footage must stay within the app,writes Apple. Changing app previews to show WatchKit app instead is not allowed. Once WatchKit app is approved and released by Apple, the existing iPhone users will receive the app update and “customers will see your WatchKit extension icon and description on the App Store.
Extending the invitation to all third-party developers to submit Watch apps to the App Store is an encouraging sign indicating the company is confident in the device’s ability to run third-party software. Currently WatchKit doesn’t allow developers to write fully native apps which execute directly on the Watch. Instead, a Watch app is basically an invisible extensions of the existing iOS 8 app which runs on your iPhone.
Probably the device itself won’t hit store shelves until two weeks later, the first wave of WatchKit enabled app updates from high-profile developers has been hitting the App Store in the past few days.
How ever Apple is going to start Apple Watch pre-order from April 10th with a release date set for April 24. With Apple accepting app submissions with a little under a month to go, it looks like the Apple Watch will have a pretty good app ecosystem right out of the gate.