Uh-oh, Apple is in trouble! After the company announced that it will require watchOS app updates to be native to the system, Instagram left the Apple Watch.
What’s worse is that Instagram is not the only company to part ways with Apple’s smartwatch, leaving the wearable’s app folders pretty bare. Slack, Google Maps, eBay, Amazon, and Whole Foods will no longer have native Apple Watch apps, either.
Right now you can still view Instagram photos in not-so-great details on your wrist, but that will be gone once you upgrade your watch to the version released on April 2nd. Apple is now forcing developers to update their apps for the wearable using watchOS 2 SDK or later, or launch new ones using watchOS 4 SDK. The Instagram app for Apple Watch was built with WatchKit 1.0 and is not in a hurry to keep up with Cook’s demands.
However, the Facebook-owned company told iPhone Addict that it will continue to support Apple Watch in other ways:
“The Instagram app for Apple Watch will no longer be available as a stand-alone experience once users upgrade to Instagram version 39 on iOS, released on April 2, 2018. We are committed to providing users with the best experience with their Apple products and we will continue to explore ways to achieve this on all platforms.”
In any case, expect to see more apps disappearing from your Apple Watch, as most of them were built back when their functionality relied completely on a paired iPhone, and now Apple wants them to be standalone.