In this episode of the App Business Podcast, Andrew and Chris assess the current state of Apple Watch, and the pending release of Apple Watch OS 2.0.
With all that is coming in Apple Watch OS 2.0, is now the time to jump into Apple watch apps? We think if you have an app that can benefit from the sensors available in the Apple Watch, now is the time.
- Now more than 8500 Apple Watch Apps (21 July) http://www.theverge.com/2015/7/21/9011657/apple-watch-apps-tim-cook
- Could read into that 2 ways
- 1. 8500 apps means low competition. Chance for developers to shine. But is that helpful without an independent app store?
- 2. Low developer take-up could mean that demand isn’t there from the consumer side.
- The twenty most popular iPhone apps do not have an Apple Watch equivalent. http://www.techspot.com/news/61451-apple-watch-stuck-limbo-developers-wait-wider-adoption.html
- Relies on another device – not able to create apps just for Watch
- Sales hit $1b in rev: http://mashable.com/2015/07/21/apple-watch-sales-analysis/
Coming with Apple WatchOS 2.0 – Due in the Fall
- Standalone apps – won’t require another iOS device
- It also allows developers to access the Taptic Engine and a number of other sensors in the Apple Watch, including the heart rate monitor, the microphone, and the accelerometer. http://www.macrumors.com/2015/07/21/apple-seeds-fourth-watchos-2-beta-to-developers/
- Developers will be able to access:
- The Digital Crown programmatically means better, smoother UI’s.
- Microphone to record audio directly from the watch
- Taptic Engine to add haptic feedback to apps
- Heart rate sensor to integrate with HealthKit
- Accelerometer & Core Motion