Niantic Labs has officially unveiled Pokemon Go for the Apple Watch, which can be downloaded immediately from the Apple App store. The announcement comes less than a week after Niantic debunked rumors they had halted development of the Apple Watch version of the game due to a lack of interest.
Niantic announced the news on their Pokemon Go blog and listed some of the key features to the new app. In addition to receiving notifications when Pokemon and PokeStops are nearby, players can also log each play session as a workout, which counts towards personal activity goals. The app will also log distance towards hatching Pokemon and receiving candy for your Buddy Pokemon.
While players can collect items from PokeStops using the Apple Watch app, the Apple Watch app will not allow players to catch Pokemon or battle in gyms. Players will still need to use their iPhone version of Pokemon Go (or a Pokemon Go Plus device) to actually interact with Pokemon.
This could be the big news hinted by Niantic a few weeks ago after the company introduced its first wave of Gen 2 Pokemon to Pokemon Go. Players are hoping that Niantic also announces a beefed up holiday event in the next day or so, as the game's "Holiday Pikachu" has left many feeling a bit underwhelmed this holiday season.