Apple just released the iOS 8.2 beta download for supported iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch devices. The iOS 8.2 beta 1 comes a short time after Apple released the final version of iOS 8.1.1.
With this beta release, Apple tries to make room of its Apple iWatch, which is being prepared for the customer release. Tim Cook mentioned at the Cupertino’s event that the smartwatch will be available in the early 2015, and the company plans to take things to the next level.
According to the release notes, the “iOS 8.2 lets you give Apple Watch user’s access to data and functionality related to your iOS app. The primary interface you can create is a Watch app, which gives users quick, focuses ways to access their content without opening you iOS app on their iPhone”.
It seems like the iOS 8.2 is strictly focused towards developers so they could get their apps ready for Apple Watch in time for the big release. Regarding the consumer’s end, it seems that there is nothing new for users, so if you choose to upgrade your device, do not expect anything spectacular. The release aims mostly developers and those of you who plan to build or create an app for the iWatch.
Along with the iOS 8.2 seed, Apple also introduced the official WatchKit development tools for the upcoming device, which is a starting point for all Apple Watch apps. As you may imagine, the iOS 8.2 will be a requirement for iPhones when Apple Watch is released early next year. In order to use the smartwatch in a proper manner along with other iOS devices, you will need necessary APIs and interfaces.
The WatchKit site features are programming guides, human interface guidelines, templates and many other features and options for interested developers. Closer to the launch of Apple Watch, developers will have the possibility to prepare apps and features for the upcoming smartwatch.
Apple’s senior VP Phil Schiller confirmed the fact that “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 Engine”.
Carrying a build number of 12D436, iOS 8.2 beta is compatible with iPhone 4S, iPhones 5, iPhone 5C, iPhone 5S, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, iPad 2, iPad (third-generation), iPad(fourth-generation), iPad Air, iPad Air 2, iPad Mini, iPad Mini 2, iPad Mini 3 and iPod Touch 5th generation.
If you are a developer, head over to the iOS Dev Center to download all the necessary bits in order to start using Apple’s latest software version. However, keep in mind the fact you need to be a registered member of the company’s developer program in order to take advantage of this service, which costs $99 per year.