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16 - WWDC 2015 Developer Highlights for Apple Watch and watchOS 2 by Paul Solt

Apple is making Apple Watch even more powerful with native apps using the watchOS 2 SDK and WatchKit. Get access to the hardware to run code and query the sensor data for your own app experiences.

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Apple Watch - watchOS 2

  • Timepiece
  • Communication
  • Health and fitness
  • Maps
  • Development

Timepiece

  • Most customizable
  • Photo face
  • Photo album face
  • Time-Lapse face
    • Hong Kong
    • NYC
    • Lodon
  • Complications
    • Make your own detail views
    • Flight times
    • Home control
    • electric car
    • Sport scores
  • Future information
    • Weather later today
    • Next meeting
    • Time travel (digital crown)

Communication

  • Size button
  • More friends and groups
  • Multiple colors in drawings
  • Reply to email
    • FaceTime audio on wrist

Health and Fitness app

  • Favorite fitness apps on the watch 
    • Other apps can contribute to your daily activity
  • Siri can start workouts without touching

Apple Pay

  • Store cards and reward cards
  • Wallet store your reward cards

Transit

  • See transit lines on your wrist

Siri

  • Siri can give you mass transit navigations
  • Siri set your HomeKit dinner scene
  • Siri show me the Instagram glance face (quick access to third party apps)

Development for Apple Watch

  • WatchKit - enabled thousands of apps using your iPhone
  • Native apps - move UI + logic to watch
    • Better performance
    • Better responsiveness
  • Apps can communicate with known wifi networks
  • Microphone
    • Bring audio into your app
    • Play audio out of speaker (short form and long form)
  • Play short form video
    • Access to native health kit (streaming heart rate with Strava)
  • HomeKit - natively on watch
  • Accelerometer + movement data
  • Taptic engine - for app development (different feelings + audio)
  • Digital Crown with rotation (super easy to change values)
  • Apps open quicker
  • Very responsive apps

7 - Hands on with 5 different Apple Watches in the Apple Store by Paul Solt

Learn about Paul’s hands on experience at the Apple Store where he was able to try on 5 different Apple Watch models and play with the user interface. Find out which Apple Watch is the best for you by scheduling an appointment.

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3am wakeup to pre-order the Apple Watch on April 10th (super smooth)

I tried on 5 different Apple Watches.

  1. White Sport 38mm
  2. Classic Buckle 42mm
  3. Space Gray Sport 42mm
  4. Metal Link 42mm
  5. Milanese Loop 38mm

I explored the modern buckle and metal link mechanisms. Both are really neat if you enjoy precise engineering and magnets.

9 Apple Watch Highlights

  1. I prefer the 44mm Apple Watch (bigger screen) – my wrist is around 165mm (6.5 inches).
  2. The sports band is extremely comfortable.
  3. If you like metal, the milanese and metal link bands are very well designed.
  4. The heavier watch "head" makes it a little more awkward to put on the watch (first time users). I assume this will become second nature on a daily basis.
  5. Some buttons were either hard to tap, or unresponsive – this could be from the guided tour being limited on the desk top Apple Watch kiosk.
  6. The try on Apple Watches are a guided tour – you can't do anything except feel the band, haptic feedback, and see the types of interactions that are possible via a recorded demo session.
  7. You can't use any of the interesting features (health, fitness, and real taps from humans) until April 24th or later.
  8. Developers are going to have to re-imagine how to create pleasant app experiences – the demo unit is limited to only Apple's apps.
  9. Native Apple Watch apps are coming later this (or next) year.

See and try it on

Schedule an appointment online – and if you're adventurous order it from the Online Apple Store (the only place to buy watches until supplies are less constrained).

Which Apple Watch are you getting?

Reply below or post a review on iTunes with your preference – or any questions that I didn't answer in this episode.