Developers are now able to start creating apps for the Apple Watch. Apple is today releasing WatchKit, a developer toolkit that allows third parties to create apps for its upcoming smartwatch. “WatchKit provides the incredible iOS developer community with the tools they need to create exciting new experiences right on your wrist,” Apple marketing chief Phil Schiller says in a statement. Notably, Apple is revealing that the initial round of Watch apps are required to be an extension of an existing iPhone app. It won’t be until sometime later next year that developers will be able to build apps native to the watch.
Get building! Don’t forget to incorporate that scrollwheel you need to awkwardly pinch.
I can’t wait until someone writes an app that creates a lock screen for the watch that makes the face look like an old-timey pocket watch. Then the watch would only display the time (in analog format) after you flicked the watch as if the user were snapping open the lid. I mean, if we’re bringing back watches we might as well go full on retro and have digital pocket watches.