Apple releases WatchKit for developers

By Jay Jay

Apple on Tuesday unveiled for developers the WatchKit, a base software application for its much awaited Apple Watch.

The WatchKit will allow developers to create bespoke apps for Apple Watch, thought to be scheduled for release early 2015. The kit includes Glances, a notification system which show users information they 'care about most'... Examples include latest news and sports scores, alarm system status or the next step of a favorite recipe. 

Philip Schiller, Apple’s Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing, said, 'Apple Watch is our most personal device ever, and WatchKit provides the incredible iOS developer community with the tools they need to create exciting new experiences right on your wrist. 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.”

The WatchKit has been designed to enable the users to perform routine functions like accessing flight information, monitoring traffic and turning the lights off after they have left the house.

Glances comes into its own by providing users with real time data on sports, alarm systems or recipes as well. For sports fans, Glance can be integrated with an ESPN app which provides updated scores, team news and snapshots of live games. The actionable notifications help fans to receive specific alerts on score changes, news and more. Similarly, the Instagram app on Apple Watch will let users view new photos and notifications and respond through text or emojis.

For iOS Developer Program members, the iOS 8.2 SDK beta including WatchKit is available here.   Developers will be able to start creating apps for the Apple Watch from next year, which will be optimized for iPhone 5 or later versions

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