We finally have a release date for the Apple Watch! I’m looking forward to building apps with the actual device, but for now the simulator will just have to do. There’s an interesting new watch simulator called Watch Sim that will let you evaluate your Apple Watch app in real size on an iPhone or iPad, but it’s a bit pricey. If you’re not planning to get a watch though, $9.99 is a great bargain (but would you really be making Watch apps without owning an actual watch?). I find that Bezel is a pretty good substitute, but there’s no physical interaction (it’s still only on your computer screen).
Onto the tutorial!
Apple Watch Maps
If you’ve been following along, this next tutorial should be pretty simple compared to the last couple that I’ve made. We’ll be looking at displaying a map on the Apple Watch and setting both native and custom markers on it.
The downside is that that’s pretty much all you can do at this moment (as of the iOS 8.2 release). Users can’t even interact with these static maps – once the user taps on it, it will open up the default Apple Maps app. You can read more about map capabilities on the Apple Human User Interface Guidelines.