As is to be expected with each new beta release of iOS, going forward, Apple has tonight updated its development toolkit Xcode, which includes Apple Watch development suite – WatchKit.
Apple’s Xcode was designed to give developers the user interface, and user experience, tools required for them to develop the next-generation of apps for the iOS and Mac platforms. With the seeding of iOS 8.2 (Beta 5), Xcode 6.2 has also reached Beta 5.
Meanwhile, the latest available public version remains at 6.1.1.
Following the company beginning to ask developers to get their apps ready for the Apple Watch’s eventual retail debut, back in November – and with recent reports suggesting that a few high-profile developers may be gearing to show-off their own creations for Apple Watch either later this month – or next, WatchKit has tonight reached build number 6C121.
Apple Watch apps will be made up of two parts, that will be directly facilitated by the development framework offered by WatchKit.
1. A WatchKit extension that runs on iPhone and a set of user interface resources that are installed on Apple Watch. Apple says that when your app is launched on Apple Watch, the WatchKit extension on iPhone runs in the background to update the user interface and respond to user interactions.
2. Glances – small pieces of information available at a glance. These may also include the delivering of actionable notifications to the user.
Both software updates are available to download directly from the Dev Center.