You’ll need an iPhone with that

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Late last year when Ap­ple launched WatchKit, the set of tools which al­lows de­vel­op­ers to make apps for Watch, a num­ber of lim­i­ta­tions be­came ap­par­ent. The most ob­vi­ous is that, for now at least, you’ll need an iPhone in or­der to use many of the fea­tures of Ap­ple Watch. That’s be­cause all the code used to build apps is stored and ex­e­cuted on the iPhone and the re­sults passed to Watch to be dis­played. When you in­ter­act with Watch, the de­tails of the in­ter­ac­tion are passed back to the iPhone, the rel­e­vant code ex­e­cuted, and the re­sults again sent to Watch. It also means that to down­load apps to Watch, you’ll have to down­load them first to your iPhone and then ‘send’ them to Watch.

Although Ap­ple hadn’t con­firmed it at the time of writ­ing, a beta ver­sion of iOS 8.2 con­tains a com­pan­ion app which al­lows Watch’s set­tings to be cus­tomised. That sug­gests that when Watch ships, you’ll con­fig­ure it from an app on your iPhone.

At WatchKit’s launch, Ap­ple said that, start­ing some time in 2015, “de­vel­op­ers will be able to cre­ate fully na­tive apps for Ap­ple Watch”, which sug­gests that even­tu­ally you won’t need an iPhone to use most of Ap­ple Watch's fea­tures.

The Watch’s re­liance on the iPhone isn’t all bad news. It works as a re­mote con­trol for the iPhone’s Mu­sic app, for ex­am­ple, and in place of your iPhone to au­then­ti­cate pur­chases made with Ap­ple Pay.

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