Apple Watch apps could number 100,000 at launch
There could be a massive 100,000 Apple Watch apps available when the wearable launches in April, latest reports have suggested.
Although Apple has yet to speak openly on the range of support its first smartwatch will offer, analysts have predicted Apple Watch apps could be in strong supply from day one.
According to Trip Chowdhry of Global Equities Research, the Apple Watch app ecosystem will instantly outstrip that of its Android Wear rivals which is still restricted to a relatively small number of low-profile applications.
This isn’t a totally random plucking of numbers, however. Chowdhry has explained how this figure has been deduced after attending six Apple Watch-Kit hackathos in recent months.
What’s more, the analyst has predicted that the Apple Watch’s lofty $349 price tag will be a “non-issue” due to the widespread developer support.
He added: “Currently, on an average there are 65 Apps per iPhone. We are estimating that an average Apple Watch will have 100 Apps per Apple Watch.
“There will be no single killer app for Apple Watch – each user will have their own set of Killer Apps…one way to think is that the consumer is getting 100 different devices in one Apple Watch.”
So, how can Apple achieve such high develop interest on an untested platform? Well, tantalising profits aside, according to Chowdhry, Apple’s WatchKit software is far more accessible than Google Wear.
“Apple WatchKit is extremely well engineered, and the framework is strictly sandboxed, which dramatically reduces developer errors, that could drain battery life,” he explained.
“Android framework is very open and lose and hence prone to numerous developer errors.
“Every aspect of Apple Watch is extremely well thought-off and seamlessly integrated – right from Software development tools, to AppStore, to the Design of the Apple Watch itself. Google Android Wear seems quite disconnected and haphazard in implementation.”
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While an exact date of release is currently unclear, Apple has confirmed its first wearable will hit U.S. retailers from April.
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