New WatchKit SDK to Fetch Native Apps to Apple Watch

June 17, 2015, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

The buzz was quite high about Apple presenting a new developer’s kit at WWDC, and so it happened.

Even before two months since its release, Apple Watch now gets the new hue of OS, and presents a WatchKit SDK, which for the first time would bring native apps to the smartwatch device.

Prior to the advent of the new WatchKit SDK, third party apps got pertained with what’s in the smartphone device rather than on the on-board features of Apple Watch.


With the new SDK, app developers can forge their apps to make use of device sensors like Taptic Engine and heart rate sensors, as well as gain access to the Digital Crown.

While Apple Watch has already seen countless apps flourishing in the screen space, it’s with the new SDK that developers can raise their apps to the top notch.

For instance, a fitness app will now have the complete access to heart rate sensor and accelerometer, helping it to form the precise data required.

Likewise, car apps can provide haptic feedbacks when you have the doors locked. Plus, you could even watch Vine videos inside the small screen or have audio and mail conversations.

Besides the new SDK addition, Apple has also brought forward the new watchOS2 for Apple Watch. A new Time Travel feature in the OS will let users run through upcoming or past events synced with your apps using the Digital Crown.

You can also inject your favorite pictures to the watch face, or you can swap to the Time-Lapse watch face which will bring forward time-lapse videos of iconic places and structures in your watch face. Another addition is the Activation Lock, which will have the device locked for the users with Apple ID.

Apple is rolling out the WatchKit SDK  alongside iOS 9 SDK for the developer program members. However, the new OS will not soon be pecking the Apple Watches.

The free watchOS 2 update for Apple Watch is been slated for a release during fall this year.

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