Apple is making WatchKit software available for developers, allowing them to create experiences for the upcoming Apple Watch. These [experiences] include WatchKit apps, actionable notifications and Glances, for timely information accessible by an easy, quick look at Apple Watch.
“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.
Notifications 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. Glances, on the other hand, quickly show users information 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. 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 Apple Watch.