Developers can now start working on Apple Watch software


Apple announced on Tuesday that it is making an Apple Watch software development kit available to developers, as had been promised during Apple’s recent iPad launch event. Developers can download the iOS 8.2 SDK beta — which includes WatchKit — from Apple’s developer website.

Even though the SDK is now available, most developers won’t get to try out their apps and software on an actual Apple Watch yet. Apple’s smartwatch is expected to launch early next year.

apple watch sdk screenshot

Even if you’re not a developer, the SDK provides the best look at Apple Watch’s features and functions since the device was first previewed in September.

For instance, the SDK includes human interface guidelines, templates, and a 20-minute video that explains the design thought process behind Apple Watch apps and how to best design for a small screen.

Developers can build three kinds of Apple Watch “experiences”:

Glance examples provided by Apple Two examples of Apple Watch glances


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