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Apple iWatch to run third party apps

Apple’s forthcoming Apple Watch wearable will apparently run dedicated third party apps, according to a new report.

We’re just a day or so away from the inevitable unveiling of Apple’s hotly awaited smartwatch, yet tantalisingly little is known about it. At least, not in anything like the same way as we know about the iPhone 6.

Now, though, little snippets of information are starting to drip through. One of those snippets comes from 9to5Mac, which claims that the iWatch (or whatever it ends up being called) will run third party applications.

Some were expecting the iWatch to be a very simple, stripped back device that only ran a small suite of Apple-designed apps, with any external information coming through notifications.

Apparently, though, the iWatch will indeed run its own custom third party apps. In fact, a select group of high profile third party developers has been given early access to an iWatch SDK (software development kit).

One of those privileged developers is said to be Facebook. Presumably, launching any smart device without full support from the leading social network is seen as folly these days.

Apple evidently wants to show off what its wearable can do through third party apps at Tuesday’s launch event, but the SDK was apparently sent out to these few developers very recently.

Quite logically, then, the report also claims that the iWatch will have its own App Store – although it’s not known for sure whether this will be completely separate or simply form part of the existing iPhone App Store.

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