Some Major iPhone Apps Have Dropped Support For The Apple Watch
Apple Watch is a very capable device in terms of both internals and design. While some would question the usability of the wearable, others would gladly accept it as a complementary product to go with their iPhone. One of the best features of the wearable is its support for third-party apps. These apps allow users to make use of basic functionality without taking the iPhone out of their pocket. With that said and done, some major apps have ditched support for the Apple Watch. So let's see some more details on which apps have removed watchOS support and why.
Major Apps Dropping Support For The Apple Watch?
Previously, Google Maps, Amazon and eBay featured support for the Apple Watch, who released an Apple Watch app after it first debuted in April of 2015. As first noted by AppleInsider all three of these companies have removed support for the wearable - silently removing the functionality through App Store updates. It is not clear when did the companies dropped their respective Apple Watch support.
So what became a reason to this? Why did these three major apps dropped support for the Apple Watch? It could be possible that the companies decided to remove support for the wearable due to the fact that there were not many users using the app. Nonetheless, the support has been eliminated and we're not sure for how long will they remain this way or will they ever come back or not.
However Google spokesperson on Twitter revealed that they removed support for the Apple Watch in the latest iOS release. Moreover, it also asks users to expect the support again in the future. Henceforth, the search engine giant will add the support again as it seems it has been temporarily removed. Nonetheless, it's still not known why the company decided to opt for this.
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Target also removed its support for the Apple Watch recently. However, its functionality is still available through the dedicated Cartwheel by Target app. What's worth noting is that nearly all of the apps which have removed support are online retailers. It could be true that their wearable support did not pan out as much users as expected.
Apple's wearable has been with us for more than 2 years now and it's getting clear what sort of apps are available and suited for a wearable. Nonetheless, there will probably be more to the story, so be sure to stay tuned in for that.
This is it for now, folks. What are your thoughts on major iPhone apps dropping support for the Apple Watch? Do you think these companies will release the support again? Share your thoughts in the comments.