Date: Tuesday, May 12th, 2015, 07:41
Category: Apple Watch, Hack, iOS, News, Software
It’s hard to say whether you’ll want a web browser on your wrist, but the hack’s been sorter out.
iOS developer Nicholas Allegra, better known by his handle “comex” within the jailbreaking community, presented a short video that shows a web browser running on the Apple Watch. The fifteen-second clip shows Allegra tapping, panning and zooming on the Google homepage on the Apple Watch, but the functionality is limited as to be expected because of the small screen size and lack of an on-screen keyboard.
“I always wanted a web browser on my wrist,” tweeted Allegra. Allegra stopped short of providing details about the hack, but it’s still an interesting proof-of-concept and fuels the possibility of an Apple Watch jailbreak or native apps with web browsing capabilities in the future.
Apple has released development tools for the Apple Watch, but has yet to lay down definitive restrictions as to what apps can be coded for them. Apple Watch apps are currently loaded from a paired iPhone via Bluetooth as WatchKit extensions, and developers do not have access to the Apple Watch’s gyroscope, accelerometer, built-in speaker, microphone or Taptic Engine.