Chapter    6

Building Your First watchOS App

Ahmed Bakir

Introduction

In late 2014, Apple replied to the vocal concerns of many of its critics and consumers by introducing a completely new “product category” — the Apple Watch. This came as a surprise to (almost) everyone, why would the most profitable computer company in history enter the smart watch market, a “fad” that had yet to achieve a killer app? Similarly, how would they address people’s bias as to how watches should look and work (they’ve only been around for a few thousand years)? And what would they do to make it an app platform?

The answer was to apply the lessons they had learned about mobile computing (low energy, low memory, limited screen size) to a device that was even smaller ...

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