Four reasons why we won’t see third-party Apple Watch faces (and what Apple is doing instead)

David Shayer, TidBITS:

As an Apple software engineer, I worked on the first two releases of watchOS, so I’m familiar with many of the Apple Watch’s internal trade-offs. While I don’t have any inside information about current versions of watchOS and Apple Watch hardware, there are at least four reasons to think Apple won’t support third-party watch faces any time soon, if ever.

Read for the details, but:

  • Battery life
  • Buggy code
  • Apple’s image
  • Copyright worries

In a nutshell, handing control of Apple Watch faces over to developers would put the Apple Watch quality experience at risk.