Apple Releases Apple Watch SDK: WatchKit Reveals Some Specs, Allows Developers To Make Apps For Next Year's Wearable
Today, Apple announced the release of the software development kit for the upcoming Apple Watch, giving developers the tools to make apps for the watch while also revealing a little bit more information about the Apple Watch's specs.
The Apple Watch SDK, called WatchKit, allows developers to fine-tune their iOS apps for use with the Apple Watch. On the Apple Watch, developers will be able to utilize the wearable's unique systems, like silent notifications and Glances. Glances allow app developers to give users little bits of information without requiring them to navigate through their app. For example, the ESPN app can use Glances to give game scores for a wearer's favorite team quickly and without any clunky navigation needed.
Developers also have access to the Apple Watch's redesigned user interface, including the scrolling Digital Crown and the watch's haptic feedback system.
With the release of these developer tools, Apple has also revealed the display resolution for both the large and small versions of the Apple Watch. The smaller, 38mm watch sports a 340x272 display, whereas the 42mm model has a larger 390x312 resolution. Apple is offering both sizes of the watch to allow customers with different sized wrists to select whichever one fits them best, as well as to underline the wearable's focus on personalization.
Though there is no official release date for the Apple Watch yet (beyond the vague "early 2015" window), two rumors have surfaced. One states that the watch is still on track for a release around Valentine's Day. The other pegs the Apple Watch for a later release, in the second quarter of 2015.