Are you an app developer planning on writing an application based on Apple Watch? Well, then there are certain key facts that you need to be aware of.
1. Apple Watch Must Be Paired With Apple iPhone
Remember that the Apple Watch is intended to rely on the iPhone device. This means that your users will require an iPhone for running third-party applications. Furthermore, the app code needs to be loaded on the phone – that uses the WatchKit extension for communicating with the user device. In short, the WatchKit extension requires an iPhone to run. It also, enables the developers to host the user interface (UI) of the app – whose code is stored on the iPhone itself.
2. Avoid Making Too Many Efforts on Featured Apps
Rather than spending a lot of your development efforts in creating a full-featured Watch app when delivering iPhone Application Development Service, it is recommended that you should prefer building a lightweight glance or notification system – that enables the app to be compatible with Apple Watch.
3. Become Familiar With Glance Interfaces
Glance interface is primarily built to display the most crucial piece of information of your application. Though apps do not necessarily need to have a glance interface, but since they help in showing relevant information to targeted users, you should consider using them. But before that, you will first need to have at least have basic information about the interface. Simply tapping on the Glance interface is required to launch a Watch app.
4. Get to Know About Apple Watch Properties
Lastly, you must take a good look at the watch properties that can be read from the Apple iTunes Connect Developer Guide. The properties can be found in the WatchKit.
A Few UI Essentials For Apple Watch Worth Considering
Apple Watch makes use of different approaches when you need to design a Watch based app or one having glance, or other interfaces. Also, it’s imperative that your app’s UI can present information quickly and enables users to navigate and interact with the application as quickly and smoothly as possible. However, to create a good user interface there are a few essentials you need to know about such as:
Storyboard Scenes: It is the Watch app’s layout model that is a lot different than iPhone. It does not require creating view hierarchies. However, everything else changes for the developer by Xcode.
Display Size: You can customize your application to make it work for different display sizes – like that of the Apple Watch. In this case, you will have to apply the storyboard changes to all of the device screen sizes as default changes.
Updating Interface at Runtime: The interface controller can be used for making several modifications, ranging from setting up or updating the data views, displaying or hiding an object and much more.
Color: Keep in mind that every WatchKit app has some specific color. So, you must apply the association between both the Apple Watch and the color to the title string. The string can be found in the status bar, which helps in changing the app look from the notifications menu.
Interface Internationalization: You don’t have to worry much about enabling interface internationalization, as it is enabled in the WatchKit app automatically (be default).
While there are several things you need to consider for developing an app for the innovative technology, such as the Apple Watch, but hope that the considerations included in this article will help you in achieving your objective efficiently.