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Create custom Apple Watch faces using SpriteKit

2018 October 11
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Third-party Apple Watch faces still haven’t arrived. Despite this, there’s now a way to create customized watch faces using the graphics rendering and animation tool, SpriteKit. On Wednesday, software developer Steve Troughton-Smith published a series of tweets on Twitter showing how he’s been using the open-source SpriteKit to create Apple Watch faces. And yes, they look great.

Not surprising, Troughton-Smith’s tweets received much attention from Apple Watch users hoping to create their own customized watch faces. One of those, Billy Ellis, even took the time to create a tutorial on YouTube on how to install the custom SpriteKit watch faces.

Earlier this year, there were rumors that Apple was planning to open Apple Watch faces to third-parties. That didn’t happen, of course. Instead, we’re left with solutions like the one mentioned here.

I’ve grown to love Apple’s official watch faces, including the all-new Infograph and Infograph Modular for the recently released Apple Watch Series 4. Despite this, I still hope Apple will eventually allow developers to offer third-party faces. Apple Watch is a very personal device and it’s a shame we can’t individualize it even further.

Do you plan on creating your own Apple Watch faces using SpriteKit? Have you found a different way to do so? Feel free to post comments and screenshots below.

Image courtesy of Steve Troughton-Smith

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