Apple’s New Watch in a Nutshell Part 1 (User’s Overview)

I can hardly believe it!

Today Apple released it’s Watch Kit for developers around the world to begin creating Apple Watch apps with.

This post will give an overview to you, the user’s, on the main elements of the Apple Watch and how you can interact with the Watch.

Buckle Up!

3 Main Elements To Present Information On The Apple Watch

Home Screen

The home screen allows the user to view lots of Apple Watch apps on their Watch home screen. Upon tapping an app it is opened, and from here the developer can provide an in-depth experience for the user.



Glances are optional in Apple Watch apps. They show you timely relevant information in an abbreviated form, and may be swiped right or left to move between glances for different apps. Tapping on a particular glance will open up the Watch app it is associated with.

This is especially useful for viewing live match scores or perhaps the next step in cooking your dinner!



Custom notifications are provided on the Apple Watch for the user. These notifications allow the user to transition to a specific area of an Apple Watch app by tapping the notification or carrying out and action suggested by the notification. User’s can also choose to view the notification at a later time in the Watch’s notification center.


..These three elements are all components of a single Apple Watch app that will be provided through an iOS app. An iOS app is essentially in charge of installing and managing your Watch app.


Types of Notification

ShortLook Notifications

You can receive notifications on your Apple Watch from iPhone apps even when they do not have a corresponding Apple Watch app. Notifications shows minimal info such as the app icon, title and name of the app displaying the notification.


LongLook Notifications

If you keep your hand raised for a short period of time, the ShortLook notification will turn into a LongLook notification which shows app icon, name and more detailed custom information.


Apple Watch Features

Messages & Calls

You won’t just see and respond to messages, calls, and notifications easily and intuitively. You’ll actually feel them. With Apple Watch, every exchange is less about reading words on a screen. And more about making a genuine connection.


calls and messages




Use your finger to draw something quickly. Your friend on the other end can watch your drawing animate, then respond with a custom creation for you



For a fun alternative to a phone call, use the built-in speaker and microphone to trade spur-of-the-moment sound bites with friends.



Let friends or loved ones know you’re thinking of them with a silent, gentle tap they’ll feel on the wrist. You can even customize taps for different people.



When you press two fingers on the screen, the built-in heart rate sensor records and sends your heartbeat. It’s a simple and intimate way to tell someone how you feel.


Activity App

Provides a simple and powerful graphic of your daily activity, with three rings telling you everything you need to know.

  • The Move ring shows how many calories you’ve burned.
  • The Exercise ring shows how many minutes of brisk activity you’ve done.
  • And the Stand ring shows how often you’ve stood up to take a break from sitting.

The goal? Sit less, move more, and get some exercise by completing each ring every day.

The activity app allows you to set goals, reminders and achieve cool badges for hitting a personal best or reaching milestones. You can also track your progress over time, showing you how you have improved.


Apple Pay

  • The Apple Watch not only keeps your tickets, boarding passes, and loyalty cards together in one instantly accessible place, it also lets you securely use your credit and debit cards.
  • To pay with Apple Watch, just double-click the button next to the Digital Crown and hold your wrist up to the contactless reader. You’ll hear and feel a confirmation from Apple Watch once your payment information is sent.


Remote Camera

Apple Watch doubles as a remote for the iSight camera on your iPhone. Use Apple Watch to display a live preview of what your iPhone sees, snap the photo, or set the timer on the camera.



Dictate a message, ask to view your next event, find the nearest coffee shop, and more. Siri is closer than ever with Apple Watch.






So what will all this cost you?

Well the Apple Watch starts at $349 in the US, and a European & UK price has yet to be released.

Are you getting one? Will you also be making apps for the Apple Watch, or just downloading the apps? Please leave your response in the comments below.

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Check out Apple’s New Watch in a Nutshell – Part 2 (Developer’s Overview)