Date: Tuesday, March 31st, 2015, 13:15
Category: Developer, iOS, News, Wearables
If you were planning on writing a function for the Apple Watch, now’s the time to begin.
Apple has officially invited all third party developers to submit Watch apps to the App Store. This means any of the 1.2 million apps can now submit updates including Watch apps (using the WatchKit framework), beyond the select partners Apple rolled out last week.
As a reminder, Watch apps come bundled as extensions inside normal iOS apps. This means customers can update the apps in the iPhone ready for the Watch’s release on the 24th. Apple is pointing developers to the submission reference guidelines for more information on this process.
Apple Watch integration can consist of rich notifications, glances and WatchKit apps, which can offer a wide range functionality. As of now, the iPhone must be paired to the Watch for these third-party apps to run. A native SDK, which does not have this limitation, is expected later in the year.
The Apple Watch is slated to launch on April 24th of this year.
Stay tuned for additional details as they become available.