Apple Watch Hacked to Run UIKit-backed Native Apps
Want to run truly native apps on your iOS supported devices? Steve Troughton-Smith, Saurik and Adam Bell, known developers, have done something similar. They did not stop right there, they shared a demo for all of us to see for ourselves.
The developer trio hacked into the Apple Watch to run truly native apps on watchOS 2 which is yet to release. It isn’t like Apple is progressing without the native app in fact the company is fully advertising it. However, not exactly the way some developers wanted it to be; according to them it is not ‘native’ enough.
The watch is currently running the logic code on the device although direct access on WatchOS 2 to the user Interface is not allowed.
In order to create attractive effects all developers must depend on the same old WatchKit app. Making it inevitable that truly custom UI cannot be drawn based on UIKit frameworks. It must rotate around the image sequences already being used in the WatchKit.
The demo uploaded by Steve Troughton-Smith on Twitter runs a 3D object (fully interactive) using SceneKit framework by Apple on the Apple Watch. The developers have not yet released the technical processes involved in the hack. Although they are certain that once the WatchOS 2 is shipped worldwide they will make it public.
The WatchOS 2 is expected to release this fall followed the by iOS 9 update. Comex, community developer and jailbreaker, did something similar in May however it was not fully developed as this one seems to be.
Note: Any User Interface framework which is available can be accessible for iPad and iPhone developers, SceneKit is only worn as an example.
— Steve T-S (@stroughtonsmith) June 12, 2015