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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.)

Three more running apps: Although I use RunKeeper all of the time myself, it's not the only running app to have a Watch counterpart: Argus, Map My Run and Runtastic have also been updated with Watch support. If one of those happens to be your preferred app, that's the one to use.

Miscellaneous

Mint: If tracking finances from your wrist is useful, Mint lets you set and track daily and monthly spending limits, and lets you see how much you have spent for specific categories. Mint will also send notifications, which should help those who pay attention to it to stay on budget.

Epicurious: For wanna-be chefs and foodies, Epicurious lets you set a timer for more than 40 commonly cooked items like chicken, eggs, and pork right from your wrist. You'll get reminders of when to flip the items you're cooking, and the app promises to give pointers on what to look for when the food is properly cooked. Never burn a burger again!

Glide: If another friend has a Watch, you can send videos directly to their wrist using Glide. Although the Watch itself doesn't actually transmit videos, video messages that are received can be stored and responded to from the Watch.

Conversion: The Watch is best when used for quick interactions, and the Conversion app is useful because it allows you to quickly convert many common unit categories from your wrist. Categories include: length, temperature, weight, currency and time. You can even bookmark frequently accessed conversions for faster access.

As is obvious, the apps help make the Apple Watch what it is — a truly personal computing device. These are just a handful of the apps already available for it, with many more on the way. A fair warning, though: it stands to reason that these apps may be buggy and unoptimized, as most of the developers did not even have access to a physical Watch during development. Considering how new the Watch platform is, it's likely that early adopters will run into annoying issues. But the fact that there are thousands of options immediately awaiting Watch owners is a huge advantage in terms of the device's ultimate success.

 

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