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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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WhatsApp Phasing Out Support For Apple Devices with Older iOS Versions

The company would withdraw app support for Android versions 2.3.7 and older after February 1, 2020

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WhatsApp phases out support for older iOS versions. Pixabay

Facebook-owned messaging app WhatsApp has started phasing out support for Apple devices running iOS version 7 and older, the media reported.

This would not affect people who already have WhatsApp installed on their iPhone 4 devices as it should continue to function till 2020, but users would not be able to re-install the app if deleted, the Mirror reported on Thursday.

“For older iPhones, the app would not get any new features and updates anymore and it is also possible that some already existing features may stop working,” said the report.

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WhatsApp on a smartphone device. Pixabay

In a previous blog post, the company had claimed that the messaging app would stop functioning on iOS versions 7 and older after February 1, 2020.

WhatsApp has already stopped serving devices running on Nokia Symbian S60, BlackBerry OS and Windows Phone 8.0 and older.

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The company would withdraw app support for Android versions 2.3.7 and older after February 1, 2020. (IANS)

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