When the Apple Watch was first launched, Instagram was one of the early apps that made its way onto the smartwatch. Unfortunately several generations later, it looks like Instagram for the Apple Watch is no more as the company has officially killed off its Apple Watch app. They make no mention of the removal but it has happened.

Instagram has yet to officially comment why they have removed the app, but according to 9to5Mac, they speculate that it could be due the new requirement that Apple has for watchOS apps. According to Apple’s requirement which they announced last year, “Please note that starting April 1, 2018, updates to watchOS 1 apps will no longer be accepted. Updates must be native apps built with the watchOS 2 SDK or later. New watchOS apps should be built with the watchOS 4 SDK or later.”

It is possible that because of this Instagram has decided that maybe they don’t want to spend their time and efforts on creating a native watchOS app. This is no doubt kind of disappointing, although admittedly given how small the Apple Watch’s display is, we’re not sure if it was really the best instrument to be browsing Instagram on anyway.

However what’s a bit worrying is the fact that Instagram is not the first major app to drop support for the Apple Watch. Other apps such as eBay and Google Maps have both been pulled from the Apple Watch in recent times, all of which certainly doesn’t bode well.

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