No, Apple is not scrapping the launch of Pokémon GO for Apple Watch. A rumour that claimed the rollout was cancelled due to low demand was spotted on Reddit and first picked up by 9to5 Mac. The site also quoted a source with knowledge of the plans, who confirmed Pokémon GO app for ‘Apple Watch has for now been shelved’. However, 9to5 Mac updated its report when Pokémon GO tweeted from its official handle confirming the rollout.
Pokémon GO put out a tweet that reads, “Pokémon Go for Apple Watch is coming soon. Stay tuned.” However, the exact date is still unknown. In a separate report, Niantic gave out a statement to Tech Crunch confirming the image on Reddit is not real. The statement reads, “Thanks for checking with us! The image in that Reddit post is not real. Development on Pokémon GO continues, as it has since before the Apple announcement. We’ll have more news on the product soon.”
Apple showed off Pokemon Go on Apple Watch back in September when it launched its iPhone 7 series. Pokemon GO app allows Apple Watch users to play the game right on the watch. Apple Watch will also show you walking distance and time duration and calories burnt apart from pokémon nearby. Tap on screen near a pokéstop and you get details and swipe in the watch itself to win rewards. You can see the hatch of pokémon in the watch.
Check out the tweet here:
Pokémon Go for Apple Watch is coming soon. Stay tuned.
— Pokémon GO (@PokemonGoApp) December 17, 2016
The game is now available in India, nearly five months after its official launch, thanks to a new Reliance Jio and Niantic partnership. The extremely popular Augmented Reality game was launched on July 7 and became available in hundreds of countries across the globe. Pokémon GO has over 500 million downloads globally.