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Apple might finally allow third-party Apple Watch face support

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Code in the latest developer’s build hints at third-party faces

Vjeran Pavic

Ever since Apple first released the Apple Watch, it hasn’t allowed third-party developers to create and release their own custom faces for the device. That might change, according to code in the latest developer’s build, discovered by 9to5Mac.

9to5Mac uncovered code in watchOS 4.3.1, which includes some hints at what’s to come in future updates, such as warnings for old apps, in addition to a log message that states “this is where the 3rd party face config bundle generation would happen.” That’s just a placeholder reference, but it appears that Apple could allow for developers to make their own watchfaces at some point in the future. There’s no indication of when or if Apple will allow it to happen, but it seems to be a step in the right direction for those who are bored with the present options.

Last year, Apple unveiled the current watchOS during the 2017 Worldwide Developer’s Conference, and it’s expected to unveil watchOS 5 at this year’s WWDC on June 4th.