Website builds interactive Apple Watch app previews with help from developers

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in Future Apple Hardware edited March 2015
A new website has created interactive Web versions of bite-sized Apple Watch apps slated for release next month, offering prospective buyers a chance to test drive the device before it hits store shelves in April.


Source: WatchAware


To create its interactive Web objects, WatchAware worked with app developers to build JavaScript and animated PNGs out of video assets and actual in-app screenshots, providing an initial look at how final software versions will operate on the actual device.

Interactions are somewhat limited, but give a good feel for what users can expect when Apple ships its hotly anticipated device next month. Aside from simulated app animations, users can scroll through Notifications screens and click on the digital crown to return to the Apple Watch home screen.

Most apps on the site feature slick animated sequences that replicate actual in-app use, while others include Notifications screens and Glances, if supported. Glances are lightweight read-only app screens that present users with essential data like sports scores, transit information and more.

Along with Web snippets of real apps that are slated to come out on launch day, the site also put together mockups of Apple software based on demonstrations at the Apple Watch unveiling in September.

For now, assets from a total of 18 different apps are represented on WatchAware's site, while another 8 are simulations of first party apps and demo software. The site is looking to expand its interactive app selection as Apple Watch nears release.

Apple is expected to give a more comprehensive look at Apple Watch hardware, features and software capabilities at a special event on March 9. AppleInsider will be on hand to provide live coverage starting at 10 a.m. Pacific, 1 p.m. Eastern.
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  • Reply 1 of 49
    Those icons are ridiculously small.

    This is just not going to appeal to older folk, who also tend to be rich folk.
  • Reply 2 of 49
    blackbookblackbook Posts: 1,361member
    The level of hype surrounding the Apple Watch reminds me of what we saw in 2007 after Steve initially unveiled the iPhone.
  • Reply 3 of 49

    I expect people will enjoy DigitalCrown navigation once they use it. I had a Timex which had a somewhat similar setup and loved it.

     

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    It was that exact model, actually. Funnily enough the interface was called iControl. <img class=" src="http://forums-files.appleinsider.com/images/smilies//lol.gif" />

  • Reply 4 of 49
    blackbook wrote: »
    The level of hype surrounding the Apple Watch reminds me of what we saw in 2007 after Steve initially unveiled the iPhone.

    Well, I'm not sure these four comments are going to crash Apple Insider's servers.
  • Reply 5 of 49
    foggyhillfoggyhill Posts: 4,767member
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    Originally Posted by TheWhiteFalcon View Post

     

    I expect people will enjoy DigitalCrown navigation once they use it. I had a Timex which had a somewhat similar setup and loved it.

     

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    It was that exact model, actually. Funnily enough the interface was called iControl. <img class=" src="http://forums-files.appleinsider.com/images/smilies//lol.gif" />


     

    Does it have an app called Icontrol U ;-). Considering how much we are now dependent on tech, maybe there should be.

  • Reply 6 of 49
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    Does it have an app called Icontrol U ;-). Considering how much we are now dependent on tech, maybe there should be.




    This was like 2002, the concept of an "App Store" was merely that, a concept.

  • Reply 7 of 49
    foggyhill wrote: »
     
    I expect people will enjoy DigitalCrown navigation once they use it. I had a Timex which had a somewhat similar setup and loved it.

    EDIT:
    <img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="56108" data-type="61" src="http://forums.appleinsider.com/content/type/61/id/56108/width/350/height/700/flags/LL" style="; width: 300px; height: 300px">



    It was that exact model, actually. Funnily enough the interface was called iControl. :lol:

    Does it have an app called Icontrol U ;-). Considering how much we are now dependent on tech, maybe there should be.

    Perhaps one called GoAndReadABook would be more apt.
  • Reply 8 of 49
    anantksundaramanantksundaram Posts: 19,051member
    This is both the brilliance and the power of the Apple ecosystem. The company does not have to do everything any more.

    PS: Thanks in advance, everyone, for not feeding the AppleWatch troll. :)
  • Reply 9 of 49
    solipsismysolipsismy Posts: 5,099member
    1) Still not a fan of the home screen icon layout like I am with the iPhone, but since you don't spend too much time there and the digital crown and touchscreen makes easy work of it, I don't think it would stop me or anyone else from buying it.

    2) There is a fart app already for ?Watch. :\

    3) Among many things, having your plane ticket gate, flight, and seat numbers on your wrist will sure make an easier time of walking though an airport with your hands full. Hopefully this will also send you an updates, like your flight being delayed or just starting to board. For the latter, I'd like my wrist to vibrate when it's my time to board, so I don't have to pay attention to that awful intercom they use. Perhaps iBeacons could be used to update and push that information out (or will your device not listen for an modified single from an iBeacon beacon at a terminal?)


    [IMG ALT=""]http://forums.appleinsider.com/content/type/61/id/56109/width/200/height/400[/IMG]
  • Reply 10 of 49
    dickprinterdickprinter Posts: 1,060member
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    2) There is a fart app already for ?Watch. image

     


     

    OMG…SMH, I just saw that. Betchya that'll be ridicule fodder for the Pebble/Android/Samsung forums.

  • Reply 11 of 49
    wdowellwdowell Posts: 207member
    If that stupid Fart app gets on there it could do serious PR damage to ?. Imagine the press going on about it! Apple should be zero tolerance to this sort of crap for the Watch.
  • Reply 12 of 49
    solipsismysolipsismy Posts: 5,099member
    wdowell wrote: »
    If that stupid Fart app gets on there it could do serious PR damage to ?. Imagine the press going on about it! Apple should be zero tolerance to this sort of crap for the Watch.

    How so? They allow any app on the App Store and I don't there is a vetting process for Watch OS 3rd-party apps at this point since they are still located on the iPhone.
  • Reply 13 of 49
    slurpyslurpy Posts: 5,116member

    Playing with those actually made me more excited for the product. 

  • Reply 14 of 49
    mstonemstone Posts: 11,510member
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    Hard to beat seat 1A, but I like 1C better.

  • Reply 15 of 49
    solipsismysolipsismy Posts: 5,099member
    mstone wrote: »
    Hard to t beat seat 1A, but I like 1C better.

    Yeah, I prefer the aisle too.
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    mstonemstone Posts: 11,510member
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    Yeah, I prefer the aisle too.

    Yeah, but even with all the wine and gourmet meals, I still hate to fly. And not even a private jet solves my fear of flying. although I have only done that once

  • Reply 17 of 49
    solipsismysolipsismy Posts: 5,099member
    mstone wrote: »
    Yeah, but even with all the wine and gourmet meals, I still hate to fly.

    I like to fly for the same reasons I live to take cruises. It allows me to disconnect from the Internet. That said, if there is a flight with WiFi I'l take it over one that doesn't have it, and I'll always buy the in-flight Internet. It sounds contradictory that I like being able to disconnect but then choosing not to when I have a choice, but that's the case. I have an Internet addiction, maybe? I've tried joining a help group to deal with it, but they didn't have any online meetings so I didn't join.
  • Reply 18 of 49
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    Originally Posted by mstone View Post

     

    Hard to beat seat 1A, but I like 1C better.


     

     

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    Yeah, I prefer the aisle too.



    I prefer exit row, aisle or window. I sat in 1B once on a flight from Salt Lake to Atlanta and it was miserable.

  • Reply 19 of 49
    mstonemstone Posts: 11,510member
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    I prefer exit row, aisle or window. I sat in 1B once on a flight from Salt Lake to Atlanta and it was miserable.


    I may be mistaken but on my flights there iis no 1B.

  • Reply 20 of 49
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    I may be mistaken but on my flights there is is no 1B.




    Sorry, 1B in scum class. <img class=" src="http://forums-files.appleinsider.com/images/smilies//lol.gif" />

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