get ready for Apple Watch

Apple is kicking off development of apps for the Apple Watch, its first delve into wearables set to be released in spring 2015. The Cupertino-based company announced to developers on Tuesday they can now develop apps through WatchKit, a developer toolkit that allows developers to customize apps for the Apple Watch.

The iOS 8.2 SDK beta including WatchKit is available immediately for iOS Developer Program members on the Developer Center. 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 – a feature people didn’t think would be available until next summer.

ESPN, Instagram, and American Airlines were given early access to WatchKit to begin developing apps. “Apple Watch allows us to make the Instagram experience even more intimate and in the moment,” says Kevin Systrom, co-founder and CEO of Instagram. “With actionable notifications you can see and instantly like a photo or react with an emoji. The Instagram news and watch list allows you to see your friends’ latest photos, follow new accounts and get a real-time view of your likes and comments.”

“WatchKit apps have two parts: A WatchKit extension that runs on iPhone and a set of user interface resources that are installed on Apple Watch,” Apple describes. The November release of WatchKit will give developers at least a couple of months lead-time to create apps that will be available for the Apple Watch launch.

All of the details of WatchKit can be accessed from the Developer Center.

  • Andrew

    Lol, how will developers test their apps if they don’t have an Apple Watch? Can they rely on the simulator (if it exists which I think it doesn’t)?

    • Andy Copeland

      I’m sure XCode will have an update for a Apple watch Simulator

      • Andrew

        I said even if there’s a simulator, developers can’t just rely on simulators, can they?

      • Jersh Werse

        You often can, the only thing it won’t be able to measure is heartbeat and Accelerometer (does the watch have that?), though those values can be manually simulated as well.

    • Cesar D

      Even there’s iPhones simulators to tests apps..

    • Soran Ebrahim

      Actually they can. We can see that some apps was updated to suit the RetinaHD display just when iPhone6/+ came out. If your theory is right, how can they do that? Also, I’m currently developing an iPhone application. Not all the guys in our team have an iPhone, but they still can do very well. Getting familiar, and just as Apple said on their webpage, GET READY, it the most important thing.

  • Joost

    Apple Watch screen resolutions are in the Human Interface Guidelines!

    Those are in points by the way, so the native resolution will be 2x most likely:
    38mm: 680h x 544w Px
    42mm: 780h x 624w Px

    • Buzz { Light:Year; }

      Quit spamming it

  • George

    Apple watch is legit ugly as hell 🙁

  • Ethan Humphrey

    Yes! I’ve been waiting for this!

  • Ian Leon

    I haven’t been able to get the little simulator rectangle to turn on!!! any ideas ???

  • Ian Leon

    got it to work!!! First unofficial iDB APP for WATCH!!!

    • Abraham Masri

      wow that’s awesome!!!