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The 23 top Apple Watch apps you should get

Michael deAgonia | April 27, 2015
After a long wait since its introduction last fall -- including eight months and two events -- the Apple Watch is finally reaching customers. Some who managed to order at midnight PT on April 10 are getting their watches now; others who ordered a few minutes later will have to wait until mid-May. That's how quickly the Watch sold out. (I'm somewhere in between; my order went in quickly enough to be in the first batch sold, but I haven't yet received my Watch. At least I can read over the newly posted Apple Watch User Guide while I wait.)

After a long wait since its introduction last fall — including eight months and two events — the Apple Watch is finally reaching customers. Some who managed to order at midnight PT on April 10 are getting their watches now; others who ordered a few minutes later will have to wait until mid-May. That's how quickly the Watch sold out. (I'm somewhere in between; my order went in quickly enough to be in the first batch sold, but I haven't yet received my Watch. At least I can read over the newly posted Apple Watch User Guide while I wait.)

I've been combing through the Apple Watch app store's 2,200+ entries to figure out which apps I want (and which ones other Watch wearers might need). To explore the App Store, you need to first download the Apple Watch app to your iPhone — it's the same app you'll use to pair the Watch up with your phone. Then you can search for apps just as you do on the desktop or an iDevice.

Productivity

Cisco WebEx: Corporate users who subscribe to Cisco WebEx can now begin and end Personal Room meetings right from their wrist. You'll also be able to speak to other participants, view who is attending the current meeting, and mute/unmute. Meetings taken on the Watch can use corporate account information, and feature end to end encryption.

Geofencey Time Tracking: If your job requires you to track where you have been and for how long, there are a few apps that can log your time automatically when you leave and enter a geofenced location, making it easy to keep on top of the duration of your stay for, say, more accurate invoicing purposes. Geofencey Time Tracking lets you see recent destinations (with Map support) and hours spent in each location based on specific criteria, like the last day, week, or month.

Wunderlist: For collaboration, Wunderlist makes it easy to share lists or tasks of anything that needs to be done and you can even delegate tasks to to customized groups, whether it be family members, work colleagues, friends or some combo of the three. You create lists on your iPhone and iPad and access the lists on the Watch.

Evernote: If you're a fan of Evernote, you'll be happy to find you can dictate, view, and update notes on the go via dictation using the Watch. Of course, all new or modified notes will be synced back to all of your devices with Evernote installed, and you'll be notified by reminders and items that are due.

Keynote and Powerpoint: If you're a frequent presenter who uses either of these apps, you should know that both Keynote and Powerpoint have been updated to allow control of your slides from the Watch. That means no more fumbling around for the office remote control when you're supposed to begin your talk.

 

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