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Staff Picks: 8 Apple Watch apps we can't wait to use

Macworld Staff | April 27, 2015
The Apple Watch's killer app is, well, its apps--nearly 3,000 available on launch day. While we don't want to clutter our watch home screens with apps we'll never use, the Macworld staff did find some gems waiting to work with the go-to apps we're already using on our phones every single day. These are the apps we can't wait to use on our wrists.

The Apple Watch's killer app is, well, its apps — nearly 3,000 available on launch day. While we don't want to clutter our watch home screens with apps we'll never use, the Macworld staff did find some gems waiting to work with the go-to apps we're already using on our phones every single day. These are the apps we can't wait to use on our wrists.

One note about screenshots: Apple Watch apps typically have dark backgrounds that blend seamlessly into the black bezel around the Apple Watch's screen. That means developers can place text and graphics right up to the edge of the screen, instead of leaving padding (since the bezel acts as the padding). If a screenshot looks oddly designed seen on its own here, chances are it'll look just fine in context on the watch itself.

Nike+ Running

I'm training for a marathon (well, I tell myself that I'd like to run a full marathon one day, assuming I don't pass out after my first half-marathon in September), so I'm counting on the Apple Watch to be my training guide in ways that my iPhone can't. My phone is the iPhone 6 Plus, and I keep it in a running belt (seriously, running with that behemoth in hand is not a good idea) so there's no way I can safely check my progress without stopping, unzipping its pouch, and taking a look. Nike+ Running is on it, and I love what its Watch app features during runs: Your distance, duration, pace, and heart rate. Being able to quickly glance down and get that info mid-run — at any time, without waiting for a timed audio cue — will be awesome, and won't take me out of the zone like stopping to check my iPhone does. — Leah Yamshon

Dark Sky

Apple's stock Weather app will integrate with the Apple Watch, but I'm much more interested in Dark Sky's offering. Dark Sky ($4) uses your location to give you the forecast, but more importantly is its to-the-minute accuracy — it tracks weather patterns and lets you know if you're in a storm's path up to one hour in advance. The Watch app will be the perfect vessel for those storm notifications, providing a gentle nudge from its Taptic Engine when winter is coming — which should give me just enough time to prepare my celebratory California rain dance before the sky opens up. — Leah Yamshon

Evernote

Whether it's writing research or my grocery list, Evernote is my go-to app for collecting bits of information I like to have handy across all my digital devices. Evernote's Apple Watch app can transcribe dictated notes, so if an idea strikes me in the middle of my bus ride home, I can quickly record it though the watch. The app also lets you view your notes, so I can easily see my grocery list right on my wrist as I shop — no more fumbling my iPhone when I try to hold on to my oranges and bananas. — Roman Loyola

 

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