Even after doubling up on gloves, I thought my left pinky was going to fall off. That said, it's still better than taking public transit. Looking forward to many more.
I've spent the last few weeks working on an icon set for the Apple Watch. I'm calling it Chronicons. You can head over the site now and sign up to be notified when they're ready. I'm really excited about this. Expect to hear more after the holidays.
Just a quick note to announce that I've added a very simple JSON endpoint for BikeLights.Today. It provides sunrise & sunset times for the current day, along with a boolean indicating whether or not lights are currently required. You can access it at http://bikelights.today/api.
If you have any problems making use of it, or have feedback, I'd love to hear from you.
Last week, Apple unveiled WatchKit. Like David Smith, I expected the initial release to be fairly minimal. It contains support for Glances and Notifications, as expected. The ability to build iPhone-powered apps, however, was a welcome surprise. This means we can provide real functionality.
Some quick first impressions:
- It's not surprising to see the UI/logic split between the Watch and the Phone. It's an efficient way to preserve battery life and reduce the load on the Watch. Being able to ignore the split completely while developing? Very nice.
- The lack of AutoLayout was initially strange – Apple has been pushing it for years – but it makes sense. The screen provides very little real estate and tight control over layout ensures the best possible result for users.
- The ability to test notifications with multiple local JSON payloads is a nice touch.
- I'm a bit disappointed at the initial lack of support for animations. Generating lots of individual images is a pain in the ass.
I've already put together a quick example app and have been exploring possibilities. I'll be sure to share more in the weeks to come.