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New Apple Watch apps must work without an iPhone

The uncoupling of the iPhone and Apple Watch draws ever closer. 

In a recent brief blog post, Apple instructed developers that any Watch apps submitted for App Store approval from Wednesday, June 1st 2016 must be a native app running watchOS 2.

This means all new apps will have to work on the Apple Watch without an iPhone.

It’s hoped this change suggests that at some point in the future the Apple Watch could be sold as a standalone device, as opposed to its current ‘iPhone accessory’ designation.

— Via Engadget

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