Get ready, iOS developers, because Apple just dropped a whole bunch of newness on us.
The iOS 8.2 beta is now available for download from Apple’s official developer website. The update is build 12D436 and is available to the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
Included with the update is the WatchKit Software Development Kit (SDK), the software that developers will need to create apps for the Apple Watch. Developers can use the SDK to create apps for doing things like turning on or off their lights, accessing flight info and more. ESPN says that it will have an Apple Watch app that uses Glances to display live game snapshots, box scores and more, while Instagram’s Apple Watch app will include actionable notifications that’ll let you like photos, comment with emoji and get updates on your own photos.
Apple has said that the Apple Watch will launch in “early 2015” at a starting price of $349, and it’s been suggested that a release could happen in the spring. This means that developers will have lots of time to get their Apple Watch support together in time for launch, and considering how wearables have been blowing up lately, it’ll be interesting to see which apps and developers are available at the Apple Watch’s launch.
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