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Apple releases WatchKit for Apple WatchApple launched its first new product line since 2010 yesterday: the Apple Watch line of smart watch wearable devices. For developers this means an entirely new platform, in the form of a new set of tools called WatchKit.WatchKit, a development platform specifically for Apple Watch, enables third-party application development on the wearable device with customizable features. WatchKit incorporates Glances, a swipe-up touch gesture displaying relevant app information, new Actionable Notifications, and WatchKit Apps that update existing apps with controls and interactions unique to Apple Watch.More information on WatchKit, Apple Watch and other announcements (including Apple Pay for iOS 8) can be found on the Apple Watch page. The first watches will be available in early 2015 along with the WatchKit API.Swift programming language reaches version 1.0The iPhone 6 and Apple Watch weren’t Apple’s only big news yesterday. The company also announced that Swift—its new iOS/OS X programming language announced at WWDC—is now ready for release at version 1.0. Developers can now submit Swift apps to the App Store for iOS, regardless of whether the developer coded a small feature or the entire application in Swift. Swift for OS X has not reached its release date yet, as it requires the SDK for OS X Yosemite, set for release later this fall.(Related: Apple announces Swift at WWDC)Apple recommended that developers continue to work on Mac apps using the Xcode 6.1 beta, for which Swift runtime improvements are planned before the Yosemite release. Apple sees Swift as its custom successor to Objective-C for iOS and OS X development.More information can be found on Apple’s blog.