Apple has announced the availability of WatchKit, software that gives developers a set of tools to create experiences designed specifically for the upcoming Apple Watch. Developers can create WatchKit apps, actionable notifications and Glances, for timely information accessible by a look at the smartwatch.
“With the iOS 8.2 beta SDK [software developer kit], 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,” says 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 such as turning the lights off after they’ve left the house, accessing flight details at the airport, and rerouting their transit when a train or bus is late. Developers can incorporate Glances, which 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.
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 the Apple Watch.