Apr 11, 2018

WatchOS 4.3.1 Warns Users That Outdated Apps Will Be Soon Dropping Support On Apple Watch Models

As first reported by 9to5Mac, Apple will begin to phase out outdated watchOS apps. Specifically, in the latest watchOS 4.3.1 beta, a new message will be notifying users when they opened watchOS 1 watchkit apps.

The warnings reads that "The developer of this app needs to update it to improve its compatibility," suggesting that Apple will be dropping support for those apps in watchOS 5. However, when you tap OK on the beta, it still allows the app to open and run normally, which means watchOS 4.3.1 is fully compatible with older apps.


Back In November, Apple has informed developers that it will stop accepting watchOS 1 app submissions in 2018. And starting on April 1, app maker are required to use the watchOS 2 software development kit or later to build updates to existing apps, in the meantime, new apps must be coded with watchOS 4 SDK or later.

The benefit to dropping support for watchOS 1 apps should prevent from outdated apps fail to launch entirely when you go out without an iPhone, in which it tells users that they need to connect to their devices to continue because prior to series 3, all Watch models requires connecting with an iPhone.

Image Credit AppleInsider

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