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Apple® (NASDAQ: AAPL) today announced the availability of WatchKit, software that gives
developers a set of tools to easily create experiences designed specifically
for Apple Watch™—Apple's most personal device ever. Apple has the world's most
vibrant and innovative developer community, and now these developers can begin
developing WatchKit apps before Apple Watch becomes available. Developers can
create innovative WatchKit apps, actionable notifications and Glances, for
timely information accessible by an easy, quick look at Apple Watch.

“Apple Watch is our most personal device ever, and WatchKit provides the
incredible iOS developer community with the tools they need to create exciting
new experiences right on your wrist,” said Philip Schiller, Apple's senior
vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “With the iOS 8.2 beta SDK, developers
can now start using WatchKit to create breakthrough new apps, Glances and
actionable notifications designed for the innovative Apple Watch interface and
work with new technologies such as Force Touch, Digital Crown and Taptic

Developers can create notifications that allow users to take action or respond
right from their wrist such as turning the lights off after they've left the
house, quickly accessing flight details at the airport, and rerouting their
transit when a train or bus is late. Developers can incorporate Glances, which
quickly show users information they care about most, such as the latest news
and sports scores, alarm system status or the next step of a favorite recipe.

Developers who have previewed the WatchKit tools and APIs are eager to start
building on the personal and immediate experiences Apple Watch will offer

“Fans crave real-time and personal information, and the ESPN app for Apple
Watch gives us the ability to deliver live scores and information for their
favorite teams,” said John Kosner, executive vice president of Digital and
Print Media, ESPN. “Glances provide fans with a snapshot of live games, and if
there is no game taking place, they'll get valuable game-time information or
the final box score. With actionable notifications, the experience becomes
even more personal, as fans receive alerts on score changes, news and more.”

“Apple Watch allows us to make the Instagram experience even more intimate and
in the moment,” says Kevin Systrom, co-founder and CEO of Instagram. “With
actionable notifications you can see and instantly like a photo or react with
an emoji. The Instagram news and watch list allows you to see your friends'
latest photos, follow new accounts and get a real-time view of your likes and

“The American Airlines app on Apple Watch reminds you when it's time to head
to the airport via pre-trip notifications, and provides updates for gate
changes, connecting gate info upon arrival, and will notify you when boarding
begins if you're not at the gate yet,” said John Gustafson, American Airlines
vice president of Digital. “Travelers can also ask ‘Where am I?' in-flight and
get real-time location information at 30,000 ft.”

The iOS 8.2 SDK beta including WatchKit is available immediately for iOS
Developer Program members at The WatchKit site
includes programming guides, human interface guidelines, templates and more.
Starting later next year, developers will be able to create fully native apps
for Apple Watch.

* App features are subject to change and may not be available in all regions
or all languages. Apple Watch requires iPhone 5 or later.

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