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App Store leak hints at new watchOS 8 apps

With just a day to go before Apple kicks off its developer-focused WWDC 2021 event, leaks about the company's plans have already started to surface. Although we know that the Cupertino tech giant is going to show off the next generations of its operating systems, including iOS 15, watchOS 8, tvOS 15, and macOS 12, comprehensive details are not known as of yet.

Now, a new leak has revealed that Apple may be looking to launch new apps for watchOS 8.

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Developer Khaos Tian has noted that the App Store manifest has been updated, and now contains references to several mysterious app bundles such as:

  • com.apple.NanoTips
  • com.apple.NanoContacts
  • com.apple.Mind
  • com.apple.findmy.finditems

It is important to note that "Nano" typically refers to watchOS apps, which suggests that Tips and Contacts will be launching as standalone apps in watchOS 8, similar to the existing app landscape in iOS.

Meanwhile, 9to5Mac reports that there have been several rumors in the past about Apple working on mental health features, so the third entry could be a dedicated app in that domain. Finally, the last entry's identifier is different from the existing "Find My" app which suggests that Apple could be launching support for finding items as a standalone app. Considering that the last two bundle IDs do not contain "Nano" in their respective names, it's likely that these two apps will be present on both iOS and watchOS.

That said, it is important to remember that this is all speculation for now, and we'll be learning more about Apple's plans in this space between June 7 and June 11.

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