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Instagram drops its Apple Watch app

The fact that the app was non-native means that it could neither make use of Wi-Fi and LTE nor could it play videos

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Joining the expanding list of high-profile applications who have ditched the Apple Watch, Instagram on Tuesday became the latest platform to pull its app from the WatchOS. Several other apps that have been dropped from the WatchOS include eBay, Amazon, Google Maps and Twitter.

Apple Watch now comes with Instagram app too. Flickr

According to 9to5mac, “there is no mention of the Apple Watch app being pulled in the release notes which only mentions the typical bug fixes and improvements, but updating to version 39.0 on iPhone removes Instagram for Apple Watch when paired”.

The report noted that the development was likely because of a new restriction that Apple was enforcing.

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“As of April 1, updates to Apple Watch apps must use the WatchOS 2 SDK or later, while new Watch apps have to be built with the WatchOS 4 SDK,” the report said. This means that Apple have stopped accepting updates to non-native WatchOS apps, so Instagram either had to rework the software or drop it altogether. The company reportedly chose to drop it.

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Instagram app now on iWatch too. Wikimedia Commons

The fact that the app was non-native means that it could neither make use of Wi-Fi and LTE nor could it play videos. Engadget reported that Apple might introduce a way for third-party apps to make use of LTE and after this support, Instagram might reappear on WatchOS. IANS

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Jio And Airtel Are Bringing Apple Watch Series 3 to India

'Apple Watch Series 3' coming to Airtel, Jio stores

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Apple Watch Series 3 is coming to India soon. Pixabay

Bharti Airtel on Tuesday announced the sale of “Apple Watch Series 3 (GPS + Cellular)”, starting May 11, a company statement said.

According to industry sources, Reliance Jio is also planning to bring Apple watch Series 3 at its stores with pre-orders starting May 4.

To help Apple Watch Series 3 (GPS + Cellular) customers get started Jio will also offer a special introductory cellular trial.

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To activate cellular service with Apple Watch Series 3 (GPS + Cellular), customers first need to update iPhone to iOS 11.3 and watchOS 4.3, then tap “Settings” on iPhone > General > About and follow the prompt to update to the latest carrier settings.

The iPhone-maker launched its third-generation “Apple Watch” in September 2017 in India, priced at Rs 29,900 in gold, silver and space grey aluminium variants.

The smart watch comes with intelligent fitness-coaching features, water resistance and a full LTE cellular radio that switches seamlessly to cellular when away from the iPhone.  IANS

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