With a launch of WatchKit for app developers, Apple has suggested a few some-more sum on how a Apple Watch will work.
WatchKit is a horizon that developers will use to emanate Apple Watch apps. It’s accessible now to developers as partial of a iOS 8.2 SDK beta, along with new pattern discipline that denote how Watch apps should behave.
In a recover announcement, Apple names ESPN, Instagram and American Airlines as early partners. The developer discipline also exhibit new sum on a hardware itself.
Why this matters: Apple left a lot of questions unanswered when it announced a Apple Watch in September, quite on a subject of third-party apps. The new discipline give a most improved clarity of what it will be like to use a Apple Watch once app developers get on board.
Keep it simple, says Apple
Third celebration Apple Watch apps will have a few opposite modes during their disposal:
“Glances” yield discerning looks during things like sports scores, bonds and weather. They’re non-interactive and contingency be cramped to a singular screen, so that users can appropriate between Glances from opposite apps. However, drumming on a Glance can open a full watch app if it exists.
Notifications on a Apple Watch steal heavily from interactive notifications in iOS 8, vouchsafing users take movement on emails, amicable media mentions and other notifications though opening a app itself. Notifications will primarily seem in a “short look” preview mode, and they’ll go divided if a user lowers his or her wrist. More sum and interactive options will seem if a user taps on a presentation or leaves his or her wrist up.
Full-blown apps concede for deeper interactions as needed. For example, users could open a to-do app to perspective and boot tasks, or open a song app to control playback.
In all cases, Apple emphasizes a thought of quick, lightweight interactions. “A Watch app complements your iOS app; it does not reinstate it,” a pattern discipline say. “If we magnitude interactions with your iOS app in minutes, we can pattern interactions with your Watch app to be totalled in seconds.”
One other critical note: At launch, all Watch apps will need a interconnected phone to operate. Apple says entirely local Watch apps will be accessible after in a year.
The pattern discipline also exhibit a shade fortitude of 340×272 pixels for a 38mm Watch, and 390×312 pixels for a 42mm watch. Apple says that apps should arrangement a same calm for both sizes.
Apple hasn’t given a organisation recover date or full pricing for a Watch, though a simple indication will cost $350, and a spring launch seems likely. Developers should have during slightest a few months, and substantially more, to start building their apps.