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Apple Watch App Development – 5 key elements to watch for in 2018

iOS App Development / January 5, 2018

Wearable tech is in the trend nowadays. One of which is the smartwatches. Smartwatches allow users to access data from their smartphones in a more personal and unobtrusive way without digging their smartphones into their bags and purses. Alerts, notifications, messages, even calls, can be accessed directly from a smartwatch.

As one of the fortresses in the tech industry, Apple has also ventured into the world of smartwatches with their own offering, the Apple Watch. Installed with its own version of the iOS which is the WatchOS, Apple Watches can be paired with an iPhone and from there, you can virtually access everything on your iPhone from your Apple Watch.

There are a lot of apps available for Apple Watch now. These include Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Spotify, and Shazam. Apple Watch apps usually come bundled with its iOS counterpart. Watch apps are totally dependent on their iOS counterparts for them to run. In order for you to give your users the best possible experience in using both your Watch and iOS app, here are five points to consider.

1: Pairing your iPhone and your watch

The watch won’t work itself, so it needs to be paired with an iPhone in order for it to work. The Apple Watch is compatible with iPhone 5, 5C, 5S, 6, 6 Plus, 6S, 6S Plus, SE, 7, 7 Plus, 8, 8 Plus and X with at least iOS 8.2 installed. A third-party app needs a WatchKit app with a WatchKit extension in order to produce an app. Available on the watchkit is the storyboards and resource files and the code to manage that Watchkit app is available within the watch extension.

2: Vital information your app must be showing

These watch apps are made to assist the user with whatever data your iPhone is showing. Your app must be able to deliver the following to the user.

1-Fitness tracking

2-Easier information access

3-Activity and notifications pings

4-Easier iPhone pairing

3: Glance UI

The glance is the UI used to show the vital information about the app. Its name suggests that you must be speedy in displaying the info. It should also exactly fit the screen as scrolling would not be possible. To launch the app, users must be able to tap on the glance and a separate window should be made to create a glance.

4: Apple Watch Properties

Developers must carefully review and read the watch properties. These could be accessed using the Apple iTunes Connect Developer Guide.

5: WatchKit extension

The said extension runs on the iPhone itself and allows developers to host the UI of the app. The codes are done on the iPhone itself. However, developers need to code for both the iPhone and the Apple Watch.

Smartwatches like the Apple Watch is still fresh in the world of technology, so it still has a large room for improvement. There are still many things to do in order for this technology to be as flawless as possible. These ideas pose a challenge to the developers, and somehow these tips could give you an idea of what you will do next.

Speak to our App Development expert today to find out how your Smartwatches allow users to access data from their smartphones with just a little effort towards the right direction & technology. Call us at +1 646 755 9669 or email at info@redfoxwebtech.com

Tags: Apple Watch, Developer Guide, Fitness tracking, Glance UI, information access, iphone app development, Smartwatches, WatchKit app

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