As is to be expected with each new seeding of an iOS (Beta), Apple has this week updated its development toolkit Xcode, while also updating its 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 8.3 (Beta 4), Xcode 6.3 has also reached Beta 4.
Xcode 6.3 (Beta 2) notably saw Apple update its Swift programming language to version 1.2.
Meanwhile, the latest available public version of Xcode remains at 6.2.
Following the company beginning to ask developers to get their apps ready for the Apple Watch’s eventual retail debut – back in November, and on the heels of last night’s seeding of iOS 8.3 (Beta 4) which was also released for testers in the Public iOS Beta Program, WatchKit has this week reached build number 6D554n.
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.
To learn more about developing for Apple’s new wearable you should consult the WatchKit Development Tips Guide.
Both software updates are available to download directly from the Dev Center.