Apple has today announced the availability of WatchKit, software that gives developers a set of tools to create experiences designed specifically for the Apple Watch.
Cupertino says the move will allow developers to create WatchKit apps, actionable notifications and Glances, suited specifically for the wearable device, which is set to market some time in 2015.
“Apple Watch is our most personal device ever, and WatchKit provides the incredible iOS developer community with the tools they need to create exciting new experiences right on your wrist,” says Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing.
“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.”
Schiller says developers can create notifications that 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.
Developers can also incorporate Glances, showing users information they care about most, such as the latest news and sports scores, alarm system status or the next step of a favourite recipe.
The iOS 8.2 SDK beta including WatchKit is available immediately for iOS Developer Program members, and 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.