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Apple Watch beta may hint at third-party faces later in 2018

8 days ago   |   By VentureBeat

Stray lines of code in new Apple operating systems sometimes provide hints as to what the company is working on, and the latest watchOS 4.3.1 beta may have leaked something exciting: support for third-party Apple Watch faces. As discovered by 9to5Mac, the NanoTimeKit developer framework contains a message reading, “This is where the 3rd party...
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Could Third-Party Apple Watch Faces Finally Become a Reality?

Could Third-Party Apple Watch Faces Finally Become a Reality?

8 days ago   |   By App Advice

Third-party Apple Watch faces could soon become the norm, according to code recently uncovered in the first watchOS 4.3.1 beta by 9to5Mac .
According to a weekend report:
Code found on watchOS 4.3.1 suggests this could change in the future. A component of the NanoTimeKit framework, responsible for the watch faces, implements a developer tools server that's probably designed to communicate with Xcode running on a Mac. One of its methods has a very interesting log message:
There are some important points worth considering. First, even with the code, third-party Apple Watch faces haven't been...
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The Apple Watch may support third-party watch faces in the future

The Apple Watch may support third-party watch faces in the future

8 days ago   |   By Ars Technica

Third-party watch faces for smartwatches allow users to express more of themselves while also letting them have a bit more fun with their tech. The Apple Watch already has a number of Apple-made watch faces, many of which are customizable, but third-party developers haven't been able to make their own. A report from 9to5Mac suggests that might change soon, thanks to code found in watchOS 4.3.1 hinting at third-party watch face compatibility.
The interesting log message states: "This is where the 3rd party face config bundle generation would happen." It's part of the NanoTimeKit framework...
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Apple Watch May Support Third Party Watch Faces In The Future

Apple Watch May Support Third Party Watch Faces In The Future

8 days ago   |   By Geeky Gadgets

We are expecting a new Apple Watch 4 some time this year, Apple recently released their new watchOS 4.3.1 beta and now we have some details on what is coming to the Apple Watch in the future. At the moment the only watch faces that are supported by Apple on the device are ones released...
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WatchOS 4.3.1 suggests future support for third party watch faces

WatchOS 4.3.1 suggests future support for third party watch faces

8 days ago   |   By 9to5Mac

Update : Steve Troughton-Smith warns that this might not be what it looks like:
...haven't third-party watch face config bundles been a thing for years? I wouldn't get too excited about a log message just yet
- Steve Troughton-Smith April 16, 2018
Ever since the Apple Watch was introduced, developers have been asking for the ability to create their own watch faces. Currently, only Apple can provide watch faces, while some of them have content from Pixar and Disney. The reasons for the lack of third party faces can be many, including Apple's desire to control the experience and branding as...
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Third-party Apple Watch faces may be supported in future watchOS updates

Third-party Apple Watch faces may be supported in future watchOS updates

8 days ago   |   By Phone Arena

Let's face it, smartwatch faces are awesome. They allow us one of the few ways to truly differentiate our timepiece wearable once we have chosen a model and a strap to go with it. Watch faces are some of the most downloaded smartwatch app category regardless if its Android Wear ones, or Samsung's Gear line.
Apple, however, doesn't allow third-party developers to submit their own faces for watchOS. Don't get us wrong, it does offer a variety of home face layouts and entries you can choose from, but the endless stream of creativity that comes with third-party apps has been ...
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WatchOS 4.3.1 Beta Hints at Future Support for Third-Party Apple Watch Faces

WatchOS 4.3.1 Beta Hints at Future Support for Third-Party Apple Watch Faces

8 days ago   |   By Mac Rumors

Apple may be considering allowing third-party developers to create custom Apple Watch faces, if a line of code discovered in the latest watchOS beta is anything to go by.
Historically, Apple has resisted allowing third-party developers to create and release custom watch faces for Apple Watch, instead electing to add to its stock options for watch faces in successive iterations of the device's operating system, such as the Siri and kaleidoscope watch faces introduced in watchOS 4.
However, a log message in watchOS 4.3.1 beta, unearthed by 9to5Mac , suggests Apple may be considering the...
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