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Apple Watch App Development

By : Steven F. Daniel
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Apple Watch App Development

By: Steven F. Daniel

Overview of this book

With the increasing amount of new wearable devices hitting the market, wearables are the next wave of mobile technology. With the release of Apple's WatchKit SDK, a whole new world of exciting development possibilities hasopened up. Apple Watch App Development introduces you to the architecture and limitations of the Apple Watch platform, followed by an in-depth look at how to work with Xcode playgrounds. Here, we'll introduce you to the Swift programming language so you can quickly begin developing apps for the Apple Watch platform with the WatchKit framework and the Xcode Development IDE. We then discuss more advanced topics such as Notifiations, Glances, Closures, Tuples, Protocols, Apple pay, and using Swift playgrounds, with each concept backed up with example code that demonstrates how to properly execute it. We also show you how to package and deploy your Watch application to the Apple AppStore. By the end of this book, you will have a good understanding of how to develop apps for Apple Watch platform using the WatchKit framework and Swift 2.0.
Table of Contents (19 chapters)
Apple Watch App Development
About the Author
About the Reviewer

What's new in watchOS 2

In this section, we will take a look at the differences between watchOS 1.0 and watchOS 2. One of the biggest highlights of the watchOS 2 platform is the support for native apps, which means that the apps will be able to run entirely on Apple Watch without having to rely on iPhone. This allows developers to access the device's built-in heart rate sensor, the Taptic feedback engine, accelerometer, and microphone with the ability to build custom watch faces to display information within the Apple Watch face.

The watchOS 2 version comes with two brand new watch faces called Time Travel, which displays information about future complications, such as weather and calendar events, and the Nightstand mode, which is activated when Apple Watch charges. There are also several improvements to Mail as well as support for FaceTime Audio, and it supports multiple colors for sketches and lets users add more than twelve friends to their list of contacts.

Apple has also made several...