Overcast developer nixes standalone podcasts on Apple Watch, citing watchOS four modifications

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By way of a Thursday iPhone app replace, help for enjoying podcasts immediately on an Apple Watch —via a function referred to as “Ship to Watch” —was faraway from Overcast, one thing its developer blamed on modifications coming with this fall’s watchOS four.

The function, added in April, trusted a typical workaround for background audio in watchOS three, Marco Arment stated in a weblog publish. That workaround has reportedly been damaged in watchOS four, and Arment added that whereas there’s one different, it would not be adequate to “confidently ship” and he’d relatively spend growth time on requested options for the iPhone and iPad.

As few as zero.1 p.c of Overcast customers had been truly profiting from “Ship to Watch,” and there have been many damaging opinions, he famous. Individuals will nonetheless be capable of use an Apple Watch to remotely management iPhone playback.

Lowering the Watch’s dependence on the iPhone has grow to be a aim for each Apple and third-party builders. The Collection 2, for example, contains its personal GPS receiver, making it potential to make use of some location-based apps with out having an iPhone in tow.

The most important shift could also be coming with this fall’s “Collection three,” which is predicted to undertake LTE mobile, letting many extra apps function independently. The wearable might also boast a brand new exterior design.



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