Developers making apps for the Apple Watch have been warned that new apps will be rejected from the App Store from 1 June if they are not fully native.
Developers have been able to publish native Watch apps since last June, shortly after the launch of the first Apple Watch, when Apple first made the watchOS 2 SDK available.
This capability enables software to run on the Apple Watch without having to rely on a connected iPhone to do all the legwork, addressing one of the biggest complaints about the smartwatch when it first came out and making for a better user experience.
Apple confirmed that all apps submitted from June must be native, hinting that it will reject Watch apps from the App Store if they don't comply.
The 1 June cut-off date is just two weeks away from Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference keynote, when the company is expected to unveil watchOS 3 alongside iOS 10 and OS X 10.12.
No new Apple Watch hardware is expected, however, with rumours instead hinting that Apple will launch its next smartwatch alongside the iPhone 7 in September.
We don't yet know much about the Apple Watch 2, but recent speculation claims it'll be "20 to 40 per cent thinner" than the original while using the same LG-made OLED screen and an added FaceTime camera.
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