You’ll still need to catch Pokemon on iPhone
There were murmurs that Niantic had dropped its long-promised Apple Watch support for Pokémon Go, but just this week, the company confirmed that news on that front was “coming soon.”
Today, it has: you’ll now be able to interact with Go using the wrist-based device.
- Log each play session as a workout, with gameplay counting toward personal Activity rings
- Receive notifications about nearby Pokémon
- Count distance toward hatching Pokémon Eggs and receiving Candy with your Buddy Pokémon
- Receive notifications about PokéStops nearby and collect items from them
- Receive notifications when Eggs hatch and medals are awarded
Notably, if you encounter wild Pokémon on your Apple Watch, you’ll still have to catch the critters as you normally would on your iPhone. Kind of expected, I think. At least there’s Egg functionality.