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Johann Dowa

A Quick Look At Apple’s First WatchKit Release

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Today Apple released the first version of WatchKit adding many new APIs to the iOS SDK for interacting with the upcoming Apple watch.

Some things to note:

As expected Glances and Notifications APIs are included for quickly adding basic Apple Watch support to your apps
You can build more advanced interfaces for your apps on the Apple watch with the iPhone doing the majority of the processing work
Many different user interface components and helpers are already included in this first release of the WatchKit SDK
Full native support apps are coming – presumably towards the end of 2014

This video overview of WatchKit from Apple provides a great introduction on the technical aspects of WatchKit.

You can find design resources, download an Xcode beta with support for WatchKit, iOS 8.2, along with WatchKit documentation and examples over on the Apple WatchKit developer page.

You will definitely want to read the Apple Watch section of Apple’s human interface guidelines.

Overall a very promising first release of WatchKit.


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