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Apple announces WatchKit with iOS 8.2 beta 1 SDK

Apple announced today that WatchKit is now available. This software provides developers with a set of tools to create applications or notifications for the Apple Watch, Apple’s long-awaited SmartWatch.

According to Apple itself, developers will be able to create notifications that allow users to perform certain actions or respond directly from their wrist , such as turning off lights when leaving home, quickly accessing their flight details at the airport, and changing their route when the train or bus is delayed.

Apple announces WatchKit with iOS 8.2 beta 1 SDK
Apple announces WatchKit with iOS 8.2 beta 1 SDK

“Apple Watch allows us to make the Instagram experience even more intimate and immediate,” says Kevin Systrom, Instagram co-founder and CEO. “Thanks to actionable notifications, you can view a photo and instantly mark it ‘like’ or react with an emoji. Instagram will allow you to see the latest photos of your friends, track new accounts and have a real-time view of your ‘likes’ and comments.

In addition, Apple has announced that the beta version of the iOS 8.2 SDK, which includes WatchKit, is now available to developers so that they can now develop their applications. Both this beta and Xcode 6.2 will be downloadable by developers through their official website.

Please note that the Apple Watch will be supported from iPhone 5 onwards and is expected to be available in 2015. Now developers will be able to create innovative applications that can define the path this new device will take. According to Apple developers who have already had contact with the WatchKit tools and APIs are eager to start building on the immediate and personal experiences that Apple Watch will offer users.