Published on: 24th Nov 2014
Apple has announced the availability of WatchKit, software that gives developers a set of tools to create software designed specifically for the Apple Watch, before the Apple Watch becomes available.
Developers can create notifications that allow users to take action or respond right from their wrist such as turning the lights off after they’ve left the house, quickly accessing flight details at the airport, and rerouting their transit when a train or bus is late. Developers can incorporate Glances, which quickly show users information they care about most, such as the latest news and sports scores, alarm system status or the next step of a favorite recipe.
“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 who have previewed the WatchKit tools and APIs are said to be eager to start building on the software Apple Watch will offer users.
The iOS 8.2 SDK beta including WatchKit is available immediately for iOS Developer Program members.