Sometimes things do not need to have real uses in order to be absolutely amazing. Take a Flappy Bird clone working on an Apple Watch as a prime example of that. We do not want to play it on our wrists, but that does not imply that the concept of having the selection to do it does not make us feel all warm and fuzzy in.
Ever since Apple released watchOS 2 to developers during the WWDC opening keynote last Monday, those exact same developers have been poking and prodding it in order to see how it ticks. As it turns out, even though watchOS 2 permits developers to run apps natively on the Watch itself, developers don’t have access to UIKit and SpriteKit and instead should stick to WatchKit. That hasn’t stopped designers like Hamza Sood, Adam Bell and Steve Troughton-Smith from having a little bit of enjoyable, however.
That fun at first led to an app genuinely running natively on Apple Watch by Steve Smith, followed by Canabalt being revealed running by Adam Bell a few days back, and today Hamza Sood launched a video– on Twitter– showing his own Apple Watch running a cloned version of the famous Flappy Bird video game. Exactly what makes the game so excellent is that it integrates touch control and control by means of the Digital Crown. It might still not be as simple to play, however that does not mean the truth it’s possible is any less cooler.
Here’s a Flappy Bird clone running on the Apple Watch:
Hacked a Flappy Bird clone onto Apple Watch with native SpriteKit rendering, touch/crown control, SFX through speaker pic.twitter.com/U1cavXb7SN
— Hamza Sood (@hamzasood) June 16, 2015
Apple’s release of watchOS 2 and iOS 9 betas recently have given designers their first fracture at making genuine Apple Watch apps instead of the half-baked version we have had to deal with over the last few weeks. While we still have no idea simply what designers will create now that they have access to the Apple Watch’s hardware straight, the possibilities are definitely there for some extremely responsive apps that must put a few of the current providings to shame.
Expect to see the likes of Sood push the envelope over the coming weeks as they begin to really get to grips with watchOS 2. And we’ll certainly keep you upgraded as we find more great things developers are doing with watchOS 2 so stay tuned to our coverage.