So developers have no access to accelerometer or gyroscope?

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by betabeta, Mar 12, 2015.

  1. betabeta macrumors 6502a

    Jun 28, 2013
    What else can't they access? What about heart rate?

    I understand if it's just in the beginning, but sure hope this changes pretty soon.

    Gen one blues:(
  2. KenAFSPC macrumors 6502a

    Sep 12, 2012
    No, developers cannot access any of the watch fitness tracking capabilities.

    The reason has to do with battery life. The 18-hour minimal use battery life would quickly drop to 4-8 hours if developers were able to constantly/regularly access these Watch functions (e.g., heart rate monitor).
  3. cmChimera macrumors 68040


    Feb 12, 2010
    Supposedly native apps will be supported after WWDC, so maybe they'll get limited access to these functions after that.
  4. csixty4 macrumors regular

    Apr 8, 2010
    Somerville, MA
    Apple probably wants apps to go through HealthKit for heart rate data so people can manage which apps have access to it through the Health app.
  5. gcaudillo macrumors newbie

    Mar 12, 2015
    So, is confirmed that developers will have no access to sensors such accelerometer?
  6. bbeagle macrumors 68040


    Oct 19, 2010
    Buffalo, NY

    Right now, developers have no access to any watch sensors - they DO have access to iPhone sensors.
  7. DreamPod macrumors 65816


    Mar 15, 2008
    Developers have no access to *anything*. Not even the Digital Crown (it will automatically be used if their app has a scrolling table, but developers can't read its values). They can't even detect touches on the screen, unless that touch happens to press an on-screen button. Until the native SDK hits, third-party watch apps are mostly just interactive menus controlled by the iPhone.
  8. gcaudillo macrumors newbie

    Mar 12, 2015
    That's pretty limited... Looks like :apple: is tightening the developers hands, Isn't? However, I do understand the battery consumption concerns commented in previous replies.
  9. T-Will macrumors 6502a


    Sep 8, 2008
    I wouldn't worry, developers will be given the API's over time, just like how developers were very limited early on with the iOS SDK, and have been given more and more flexibility and access over time.
  10. madsci954 macrumors 68030

    Oct 14, 2011
    Give it time, as the Watch's technology improves in future generations, it will open up more. Compare the iPhone 6 and 6+ of today to the first iPhone in 2007 and see how far that has come.
  11. gcaudillo macrumors newbie

    Mar 12, 2015
    I agree. If we do not see any "access" improvements with watchOS SDK in near future with current Apple Watch, definitively we will see them with newer versions of the Apple Watch having better hardware.
  12. mailboxbetacoin macrumors 6502

    Aug 19, 2014
    no access to hear rate monitor
    no access to accelerometer
    no access to microphone
    no access to taptic engine
    no access to speaker
    limited access to User Interface capabilities (can't replicate most of the UI interaction paradigms from the built in apps (like using the digital crown to modify something on screen, the crown can only be used to scroll long list))
    the list of limitations goes on and on...

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