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Developers Steve Troughton-Smith and Adam Bell, with the help of saurik, have managed to hack watchOS 2 to run fully-native apps. As noted by 9to5Mac, Troughton-Smith posted a video last night showing evidence of the feat.

The big deal here is that even though Apple says that support for native apps is coming in watchOS 2, developers are still going to be limited on what they can do. This hack, however, breaks those limitations, allowing the use of all accessible iOS UI frameworks.

Here’s the video:

The hack should also provide a ray of hope for folks looking forward to an Apple Watch jailbreak. This, of course, is not a jailbreak itself, and the trio aren’t offering any details on the hack. But just the fact they were able to skirt Apple’s limitations is good news.

For more information on watchOS 2, click here.

Updated: a previous version of this article unintentionally made it sound like saurik was at the core of this hack. The post has been updated to emphasize the more important role of Steve Troughton-Smith and Adam Bell.

Source: Twitter via 9to5Mac

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  • iBanks

    Aaahhhh shucks now!!

  • Steven was very kind to include a mention of me in his post on Twitter, but I mostly provided company and moral support (hence why I was included in a parenthetical), really only helped with the occasional “what does this assembly mean?” that would come up, and as far as I know only in situations where it no longer mattered. If anything, I was highly confused as to why what they did worked, and continue to have it on my todo list to figure out why this was possible. (Given that I was mentioned in the title of this article, and neither Steven nor Adam were, I felt the need to make this clear.)

    • Hi

      WOW saurik commented on IDB

      • Kurt

        He’s been commenting on here for years. lol

      • Lucus Bendzsa

        Probably for this reason

      • SoylentGreen

        Pure sycophant, no father figure?

    • Lucus Bendzsa

      None the less thank you for your support of this! I am hoping for a Cydia iPhone companion soon!

    • TechLove

      Holy jesus! Is this for real? Can I pinch you Jay? 😮

      • Lucus Bendzsa

        He probably just pinched himself for commenting

    • That_Fruitarian

      Your name was mentioned for clicks… That’s how they do around here.

    • TechLove

      Can you mail me your autograph?

    • Chang in Charge

      The Boss Don himself! What up Jay!

    • Yes sorry about that. It was not intentional. The headline and body of the post have been updated to reflect the actual role Steve Troughton-Smith, Adam Bell, and you played in this.

      • SoylentGreen

        Mutual masturbation. Speeeew

      • mp

        Yes you thought of putting in the most recognised name to draw more viewers to the article as opposed to giving the project more recognition. If you’re going to confess your lazy blogging then confess and don’t try to cover it up.
        This site along with others are taking laziness, unprofessionalism and clickbailt to a whole new level.
        Thank you saurik for being honest and upfront and giving credit where it’s due. Certain players in the jailbreaking sphere would have let that slide through to the keeprer and keep the credit.
        It’s a pity clarification was never sought on the genesis for the original article title, if not for your honesty would have remained so. Lazyass blogging at its best. Fair dinkim, you could train a chimp to do this sort of blogging.

  • Carlos Medina

    But… but.. what about the battery life…

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  • Gabriel Anaya

    And the cycle continues 😉 …

  • Moe

    I have a feeling that by releasing a jailbreak for the iWatch will boost the iWatch sales!

    • Antzboogie

      I agree a Jailbreak would make me think about buying a Apple Watch even more!!!!!

    • mp


  • jay

    Apple plays always a game.they don’t sell enough or want to try new ways and we acually trying the future of ios like we see on ios 9 for the iPad .

  • great

  • Turbo Tibor

    attt-iphoneunlocking is in a situation to unlock any At&T phones in less than in less than a day. Their facebook is also great!!