Present Status of App Development for Apple Watch
Apple has set wearable devices wave as the next big thing after iPhone. Therefore, it has carefully released WatchKit as software development kit with some desired restriction on it beta version. However, this beta version is releasing its first lot of Smart Watch apps on April 24, 2015 and likely opens the new corridors for full fledged native app development accessing all native features and functionality of Watch OS.
Depending on iPhone
When we had encountered iPhone first time, we had compromised for numbers of computing experiences against fast and big desktops or laptops. The same is going to happen in case of smart watches and smartphones, as wearable devices are tinier in compare to smartphones and with limited hardware as well as software powers including CPU and battery.
Therefore, Apple has put restrictions on numerous things that solely rely on Watch OS and recent test apps made smartphone dependable or in other words, Apple Watch is mere extension of iPhone apps for numbers of features and functionality.
Therefore, if your iPhone has upgraded with iOS 8.2 or higher version, you can access Apple Watch apps on your iPhone and mange them with freely as per wish or needs. You will have a central app on your iPhone that let you manage all software or applications made for wearable devices. You can set how apps look on the Apple Watch and what sorts of notification types you will receive. You can add or remove any app on smart watch from your iPhone.
This way Apple Watch seems a super extension of your iPhone as well as it greatly relies on iPhone for lots of core functionality and uses its CPU, connectivity, GPS, etc. in order to support the delicate and tiny hardware of wearable devices. For iOS app developers this dependency creates a new set of challenges when native functionality and user experiences on Apple Watch are in question.
Present Scenario of Apple Watch Apps
As far as app functionality is concerned, not all Apple Watch apps are successful. For instance, with Evernote app, you will end up in frustrations when you are making notes using voice because the smart watch won’t allow you to correct any wrong spelling written through voice recognition software so you will not able to convert “Right” into “Write” and so on.
At other facet of coin, CityMapper apps on Apple Watch will give superb user experiences by providing real-time info and support base on your current locations and guide you while you are on the go and commuting on busy streets or in crowded local transports. The similar experiences are found in real estate smart watch apps like Redfin.
Future Smart Watch Apps
Thus, such handfuls of Apple Watch apps are capable to deliver very useful user experiences and save you from pull out your iPhone frequently. No doubt, scopes are wider and future is brighter because when developer will create native apps and they exist and run on Apple Watch OS, they definitely will come up with new opportunities and innovations as it had happened in case of iPhone at the time of its first release of SDK.
Fortunately, Mindinventory has team of iPhone app developers who are ready to meet Apple Watch apps development challenges and scrappy to deliver exciting wearable applications at affordable rate and the best user experiences.