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Every built-in Apple Watch app, ranked

Susie Ochs | May 11, 2015
The apps that come with your Apple Watch run the gamut from super useful to superficial, but no matter what you think of any of them, they're not going away. On your iPhone, you can just make a folder of the un-deletable Apple apps (looking at you, Compass and Tips), so at least they're out of sight and out of mind. But the Apple Watch doesn't support folders, and you can't hide or delete any of its 20 built-in apps.

Verdict: D On the iPhone, these functions are in one app. I understand why Apple would split them out on a watch, since it's a timepiece first and foremost. But I think they could still work within the same app: We could swipe between the features, or use Force Touch to choose one. I'm sure Apple's implementation will work for some people, but I'd prefer to have more options.

20. Stocks

The Stocks app is bare-bones, and it annoys me to no end that I can't hide or delete it. You have to set up the stocks you want to track inside the Stocks app for your iPhone, but then the watch gives you plenty of data about each one, including its current price, and a historical graph you can change from one day to six months.

Verdict: D- I'm sure plenty of people who want or need to keep tabs on stock prices constantly will enjoy this app. I wish I could get rid of it, and I think plenty of people will agree with that sentiment as well.

 

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