Instagram to Discard its Apple Watch App

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Instagram abandoned its Apple Watch app, according to a source published by the Verge on April 2, 2018.

Version 39.0 to iPhone clients show a notification in the changelog stating “general bug fixes and performance improvements.” While it has been confirmed that the Watch app has been removed altogether.

As for 9to5Mac notes, Apple is enforcing a new restriction effective from April 1, 2018, stating that the Apple Watch will use the watchOS 2 SDK or later, while new Watch apps have to be built with the watchOS 4 SDK. Instagram’s app dates back to WatchKit 1.0, when third-party software was unable to run natively on the watch itself. It never had features such as video support or the ability to work over an LTE connections.

In ending support for its Apple Watch app, Instagram is following other prominent companies, including Twitter, Google, Amazon, and Slack.

Good notification support is the basic need for users of Smart Watches, and in some cases removing the app has even resulted in usability improvements.

However, Instagram’s decision to completely discard the app and not make any improvements, is a strong sign that the social network does not consider the Apple Watch to be a useful standalone app platform.

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