The Apple Watch might not be quite so closely tied to your iPhone after WWDC. MacRumors reports that developer Khaos Tian has discovered App Store profile info referencing unannounced Watch-native versions of the Contacts and Tips apps found on other Apple devices. While there isn’t much to see beyond the names, this suggests watchOS 8 might offer more independence — you could manage your contact list or get Apple Watch interface help solely from your wrist.
The profile data also makes a reference to a “Mind” app that isn’t available on any Apple hardware. It’s not clear what this might be, although Apple’s focus on health suggests it could be a mental health or mindfulness app. Bloomberg sources recently claimed the Apple Watch would get “health-tracking” improvements in watchOS 8, but didn’t elaborate.
It wouldn’t be shocking for Apple to press for greater Watch independence with watchOS 8. The company took a significant step toward that with watchOS 7’s Family Setup, where kids can use an Apple Watch linked to a parent’s iPhone. We wouldn’t count on complete independence in this new software (if it ever happens), but it might help you leave your handset at home more often.