Pending an Apple Release

WatchKit Series

Last night I woke up bleary eyed at 3am to put in my order for a pair of Apple Watches. I got a 42mm Sport in Underscore Blue for me and a 38mm Sport in Pink for my Wife.

Nearly coincident with getting my orders submitted I got notification that all my WatchKit apps were approved. They are now in the “Pending an Apple Release” state waiting until sometime closer to April 24th to be released to the App Store.

I thought this would be a good point to take a look back at this As I Learn WatchKit series. In the five months since I started the series I have posted 34 posts chronicling my progress and understanding of the platform.

Back when I first started the series I said my hope was to “trick myself into writing more”. On that score the series has been a wild success. It is the most I’ve written in a long time. Giving myself permission to just post whatever seemed interesting at the moment and worry less about it being “perfect” was a powerful motivator.

The feedback the series has received as been genuinely amazing. So many folks have reach out to me to say how helpful it was in getting them up and running with the Watch. I’m expecting to continue the series going forward. In the very near term likely slowing down a bit, but probably ramping back up in June if we see Watch announcements at WWDC.

Last week I submitted 8 WatchKit apps to the App Store. I’ll cover the details of these more as we get closer to the launch from a marketing perspective. They included:

  • 5 updates to existing apps (Feed Wrangler, Pod Wrangler, Audiobooks, My Recipe Book, Pedometer++)
  • 1 new utility app
  • 2 new games

It has been a lot of fun…now I just can’t wait until April 24.

David Smith




Telling.

This past weekend I roasted coffee for the first time in a few months. Nothing too fancy but notable because it was the first thing I’ve done since the launch of Periscope that seemed potentially worthwhile to share with the world.

While I’m futzing with my iPhone trying to get things setup, my Daughter comes over to me and asks to help. So rather than sharing my morning roast with the world I decide to share it with her instead. Lovely, right.

Once I get the roaster going and we enter into the more boring part of roasting coffee where you wait for First Crack, she asks if I want to play chalk on the sidewalk next to where the roaster is going. I say yes, but only half heartedly. I’m still stuck on how good it was for me to put my iPhone down and be in the moment with my Daughter rather than focusing on sharing it with the faceless masses online.

The trouble is…I’d already pulled out my iPhone to tweet about the experience and how important it is to still ‘be in the moment’ in the face of things like real-time video sharing. I finish my draft, look up, and see my Daughter already drawing with chalk without me.

Yeah.

So it turns out I hadn’t even come close to learning my own lesson.

I struggle with the degree to which I feel compelled to share my life online. The reinforcement you get from posting something is genuinely addictive. Thankfully, in this instance I caught myself before it was too, too late and put my iPhone down to played until we heard the coffee start to pop. But nevertheless I thought the experience was rather telling.

David Smith




iPhone Timelapses

I’ve been rather enjoying the daily Vlog Series that Casey Neistat has been doing. It is rather striking how a combination of talent and technology can allow for the creation of something of this quality on a daily basis.

Particularly interesting was a comment he made in today’s episode. In it he describes his process for capturing the timelapse shots that punctuate each video.

While up on the roof of his apartment he walks through the various cameras he uses— a dSLR, a point and shoot and an iPhone. The rather remarkable conclusion is that he says the best ones came from his iPhone. This coming from a professional film-maker.

I couldn’t agree more. The thing that makes the iPhone particularly great at this is that a timelapse is far more about software than hardware. The absolute quality of each individual frame is largely irrelevant when combining them at 30fps. So long as the iPhone can take good enough still photos (which it does) then the output is solid.

What I find makes the iPhone timelapses so great is how seamless the process of making them is. You just hit record, wait a few minutes, hit stop. The result always looks great and requires zero fiddling.

I’m writing this from an airplane so I figured I should end with a timelapse of my own.

David Smith




» Appearance: Mobile Couch #54

WatchKit Series

I was invited to sit on the Mobile Couch this week to discuss my experience developing with WatchKit. The guys asked some incredibly insightful questions. I think we ended up with a pretty good general overview of what it is to develop for the Apple Watch.

David Smith