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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
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Chapter 9. Incorporating Notifications within Your App

Notifications were first introduced in iOS 3 and have increased over the years with iOS 7 introducing silent remote notifications, which allow apps to wake up in the background to perform important tasks, such as meeting appointments, Skype notifications, or an incoming SMS or iMessage message.

With the release of iOS 8, Apple introduced actionable notifications, which allowed users to respond to an action within a notification message without the need of opening the app. In watchOS, your existing iOS apps that currently support notifications will still work on the Apple Watch without the need of making changes to your existing code. This is because watchOS uses the default system interface to show notifications, which inherits from the WKInterfaceController class, to make use of a number of method callbacks that handle responding to local notifications and remote notifications.

In this chapter, we will begin by providing an overview of...