Yes, the Apple Watch can be hacked to run a web browser. And no, you probably wouldn’t want to surf the Web with it. A demonstration video of the feat created by a hacker known as Comex demonstrates that the Apple Watch, like the iPhone and iPad before it, can be hacked. Does this mean the Apple Watch has been also been jailbroken? Bloggers pipe in with further details.
In IT Blogwatch, bloggers wait for the inevitable jailbreak.
Today’s humble blogwatcher is Stephen Glasskeys.
Benjamin Mayo watches a shaky portrait video:
Prominent community developer and jailbreaker Comex has posted a video showing a successful hack of Watch OS to get the device running a web browser.
Comex has managed to get the Google homepage to render on the small Watch display. Apple does not include a Safari browser app on the Watch, for obvious reasons. MORE
So Stan Schroeder tries to get Comex to divulge his secrets:
But how did [Comex] do it? He does not divulge any details…but 9to5Mac, which first reported on the video, speculates he didn’t install any new software, and has instead found a way to run the Safari web browser, which is included (but not easily accessible) on the Watch. MORE
Straight from the horse’s mouth:
I always wanted a web browser on my wrist. MORE
Michael Rundle, believes in power to the people, man:
[Now] the Watch is in the hands of real people — and hackers — it’s possible to explore the capability of Apple’s wearable with a broader scope. MORE
Carly Page says every journey begins with the first step:
While demonstrating how unnecessary it is for the Apple Watch to feature a web browser, [Comex’s hack shows] it is possible to get the device to run arbitrary code. This could be the first step towards a jailbreak of the Apple Watch, although Comex makes no such promises. MORE
Finally, Comex gets the last word:
Heh, a lot of people on Reddit think my demo is “just an app” which is easy to write. No, that’s not how WatchKit works. MORE