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Apple Watch Open to App Designers; Device's Learning Curve Looks Steep

By    |   Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 09:10 AM

Apple Watch moved one step closer to launch this week with the release of WatchKit, a software toolkit that will allow app designers access to the forthcoming wearable tech device.

Along with the developer release, Wired magazine reported that the toolkit reveals a lot about the experience Apple plans to create for its customers.

In addition to confirming the screen resolutions for the larger and smaller models — 272 x 340 pixels and 312 x 390 pixels, respectively — Apple also gave access to the three types of interfaces users will encounter on their smartwatch come early 2015: Glances, Notifications, and the homescreen.

The homescreen should be the most familiar to iPhone and iPad users, as it features all of user's apps spread out on the screen. Notifications are fairly standard as well, displaying push notifications that can launch straight into an app for immediate action. Glances, however, are unique to the Watch.

Glances can be setup like a slideshow, displaying things like weather, sports scores, news headlines, the next step in your favorite recipe, and more — every time you lift your wrist. The feature aims to provide recurring, customized information, and could prove a crucial element to the new, smaller interface.

Speaking of interfaces, BGR reported via Yahoo News that some developers have peeked inside the new WatchKit and gasped in horror at the long list of new maneuvers customers will need to learn in order to use their Apple Watch.

In addition to the familiar taps, swipes, home button actions everyone's used to performing on their phones and tablets, users will also have to learn when and where to perform "edge swipes," "force touches," watch-crown scrolling, watch-crown button presses, as well as single and double "clicks" scattered among the aforementioned actions.

This list could drastically steepen the learning curve required of users, heaping a disincentive to buy on top of the already steep price tag, which starts at $350 and increases from there.

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