Apple Watch hacked to run UIKit based native app

Developers Steve Troughton-Smith and Adam Bell, with the help of saurik, have managed to hack watchOS 2 to run fully-native apps. As noted by 9to5Mac, Troughton-Smith posted a video last night showing evidence of the feat.

Apple announced watchOS 2 for Apple Watch, which will allow third-party apps to run natively on the device for better performance. However, even though the logic code for the Watch apps runs on the Apple Watch and they’ve access to the Digital Crown, microphone, Taptic engine, and health sensors, they’re restricted as developers have to use WatchKit to define interfaces. They can’t use superior frameworks like UIKit and SceneKit in the Watch apps like iPhone apps.

Here’s the video:
So… spent a night hacking with @b3ll (& @saurik!) – we got UIKit (& SceneKit) apps running on Apple Watch (video)
— Steve T-S (@stroughtonsmith) June 12, 2015
This is not the first time Apple Watch has been hacked. Comex, well-known hacker had hacked the device to run a web browser.

A previous version of this article unintentionally made it sound like saurik was at the core of this hack. The post has been updated to emphasize the more important role of Steve Troughton-Smith and Adam Bell. 


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