Apple Watch might get its own App Store

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It’s time to cut the cable and set Apple Watch free
Apple Watches running watchOS 6 could be significantly more independent from iPhone than their predecessors.
Photo: Graham Bower/Cult of Mac

Apple Watch is reportedly going to become less tied to iPhone this fall. An unconfirmed report indicates that watchOS 6 will have its own App Store, allowing wearers to download software directly.

And this is just one of the changes supposedly in store for Apple’s popular wearable.

Sweet freedom. Sort of.

The first Apple Watch with 4G LTE built in debuted 2017, but the devices have remained dependent on iPhone for basic asks, including installing apps. That will start to change this fall, according to Bloomberg.

Watch uses have been hoping for their own App Store for years. Cult of Mac even created a mockup of what this might look like.

Install watch apps straight from your wrist [Mockup]
Install watch apps straight from your wrist [Mockup]
Photo: Graham Bower/Cult of Mac
Perhaps a future version of watchOS will enable over-the-air operating system updates. That feature apparently isn’t coming in watchOS 6, however. This means an iPhone is still a requirement for Watch owners.

New Watch apps from Apple

In addition to making it easier to install third-party software, Apple is supposedly bringing a version of its Books app to Apple Watch, allowing users to listen to audio books. Speaking of audio, the Voice Memos app is reportedly going to be included in watchOS 6.

A Calculator app is also allegedly in development.

This unconfirmed report from Bloomberg predicts a pair of new health care applications: Dose will serve up pill reminders, and Cycles will help track menstrual cycles.

Additional Apple Watch Complications and Faces

As is expected with a new version of watchOS, there’ll supposedly be new Complications, including ones that measure ambient noise and rainfall data. They’ll also be ones for audio books, and for tracking batteries in hearing aids.

New Apple Watch Faces reportedly include a pair of “X-Large” ones with big numbers, and a redesigned “Solar Analog” that mimics a sun dial. An “Infograph Subdial” will leave room for bigger views of complications, like weather reports.

watchOS 6 is expected to be unveiled early next month at Apple’s WWDC, along with significant updates in iOS 13 and macOS.