Apple has announced the WatchKit software that gives developers a set of tools to easily create applications specifically for Apple Watch.
Apple has the innovative developer community, and now these developers can begin developing WatchKit apps before Apple Watch becomes available.
“With the iOS 8.2 beta SDK, developers can now start using WatchKit to create breakthrough new apps, Glances and actionable notifications designed for the innovative Apple Watch interface and work with new technologies such as Force Touch, Digital Crown and Taptic Engine.” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing.
Developers can create notifications that allow users to take action or respond from their wrist.
Developers can incorporate Glances such as the latest news and sports scores, alarm system status.
“With actionable notifications you can see and instantly like a photo or react with an emoji. The Instagram news and watch list allows you to see your friends’ latest photos, follow new accounts and get a real-time view of your likes and comments.” says Kevin Systrom, co-founder and CEO of Instagram.
The iOS 8.2 SDK beta including WatchKit is available immediately for iOS Developer Program members at developer.apple.com/watchkit.
The WatchKit site includes programming guides, human interface guidelines, templates and more. Starting later next year, developers will be able to create fully native apps for Apple Watch.
The Apple Watch has unique design featuring revolutionary technologies and a unique user interface.
The Apple Watch will be available in 2015 at a price of $349. It is compatible with iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus running the latest version of iOS 8.
Apple has designed and engineered a Digital Crown on the Watch that provides an innovative way to scroll, zoom and navigate.
The Apple Watch will allow users to communicate in different ways such as sending and receiving messages, answering calls, and with Digital Touch, users can send their own heartbeat in a message.
The Watch will come in 3 different collections, Apple Watch, Apple Watch Sport and Apple Watch Edition.