As happened with the launch of the original iPhone, the Apple Watch It will open its doors to developers gradually, focusing in the first phase to extend current apps to our wrist before entering full allow creations exclusively directed to the clock of the Apple, something that won’t happen until more advanced 2015.
We do not know where is can reach with these future native apps, but after the publication of the development of the Apple Watch kit, yes that we learned a lot of interesting details on the clock interface and the options that can begin to explore the developers today.
The three options currently WatchKit so that iPhone apps have a reflection in the Apple Watch are: WatchKit Apps, Glnaces and notifications.
This type of “Watch Apps” (Apple definitely has decided to use all the possible combinations of these terms) are the most advanced and customizable that developers can currently create for Apple clock. Its main limitation is that they are not executed in the clock but our iPhone. This is responsible for processing to provide data based on performed by users in Apple Watch interactions. Clock is in charge so interface, but not the part that could compromise more autonomy.
Unlike previous Watch Apps, this type is based on a predefined design to show the main pieces of information of an app in a abbreviated format. The Glances can be formed by one or several screens of information separated into pages that we move by sliding your finger to one side or the other, and although they are not interactive, it can bind to specific sections of the iPhone app to which they belong. Some good examples of Glances would be the weather forecast, a stopwatch or our next meeting.
Current apps are already prepared for its notifications are reflected in the clock using a soft touch on the skin, but developers can do with a little extra work, that they work with the system Short Look/Loong Look that I’ve previously spoken. Add that these notifications can be interactive, with actions like answer or ignore for example in the case of an app’s messages, or as in the image on the right, offer us the option to turn off the lights when we leave home.
Finally, something very interesting about WatchKit is that it is fully compatible with the API of Handoff, which means that it is designed so that we can move our clock to the iPhone, iPad or Mac continuing at the point where we were from a same app without difficulty. This feature will probably shine especially in cases such as maps, where we are looking for an address on the iPhone and continue to see steps either on the phone or our watch.
At the moment, I think that developers are based on a much more sweet spot that which occurred with the iPhone and its native “web apps”, and from here, experience tells us that the only thing can improve.