Apple releases WatchKit toolkit, urges developers to create apps for the Apple Watch

Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) has not said when exactly it will release its forthcoming Apple Watch or how much all of the variants will cost, but it is urging developers to make apps for the smart watch before it goes on sale next year. The company released WatchKit, a software toolkit that allows developers to begin building and testing apps for the watch.

As The Verge explains, developers have three ways to extend their regular iOS apps to the Apple Watch. One is a standard WatchKit App, which has its own interface and features unique to the dimensions of the Apple Watch. The second type is by adding a page to the watch's Glances screen, which contains bits of information, like news or sports scores that users can swipe through. Developers can also create actionable notifications, which can let a user read and respond to a message or perform more complex tasks.

Starting later next year, developers will be able to create fully native apps for the Apple Watch, according to the company. Article