Apple Watch Apps: Built-in Apps, Watch OS2 Apps and Third-Party Apps, What Are You Installing?

 What makes Apple Watch a smartwatch in true sense is its apps. Apple Watch apps make the device as personal as it claims to be. As WatchOS2 is also out, we have covered this blog in post Watch OS2 that brings native third-party apps on Apple Watch and before it, when the wearable piggybacked on the connected iPhone to do stuff. Also find information on Apple App Store apps here.

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Apple Watch Built-in Apps:

Activity:

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Activity Apple watch app

This app asks you to move and shows your daily activity through three activity rings.

Workout:

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Workout Apple Watch App

Apple wearable will translate your dedicate cardio session into real-time stats such as distance, speed, pace, time and calories. This app can show real-time data for cycling, walking, running and hiking.

Siri:

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Ask Siri to help you with Apple Watch too. You can ask her to open an app, call somebody or locate a café near you.

Maps:

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Let this Apple Watch app show you the way.

Remote Control:

Turn your watch into Apple TV remote control. Swipe and scroll through the channels from your wrist.

Photos

The digital crown lets you scroll through the images. Or better, just swipe.

Settings

Change the settings of your iPhone from Apple Watch app. You can moderate Airplane mode, Bluetooth and DND mode from your wrist. You can also ask your iPhone to ring if you cannot locate it.

Music

With the Bluetooth headphones, you can listen to the synced music from your Apple Watch without iPhone. You can also control music playback on the connected iPhone.

Passbook

Keep your tickets, loyalty cards and boarding passes right with you, on your wrist. You can also set alerts on Apple Watch to remind you to use them.

Camera Remote

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Apple Watch works like a viewfinder for the iPhone camera, helping you to take the perfect shot by setting the timer or clicking it at just the right moment. You can see what you iPhone camera is seeing, right on the wrist.

That is another thing that we want Apple Watch to have a camera of its own!

As the WatchOS 2 was announced at WWDC15 and is expected to be released by this fall, here is what it could mean to Apple Watch users. To start with, Apple developers have the access to the Apple Watch hardware, a new SDK to run the native software on the wearable. The Apple Watch can run the third-party apps even now but in fact the performance has been really sluggish as the apps run on the iPhone and not on the watch, as reported by TechCrunch.

WatchOS 2 Apps

Passbook (now Wallet after iOS 9)

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WatchOS 2 supports Apple’s Passkit Kit, which means you can add tickets to the Wallet or Passbook directly, instead adding them first to the iPhone and then get ting notifications through it on the Watch. This software upgrade means that your watch, to great extent, work on its own as a standalone model, without relying on the iPhone to intervene.

Phone Calls and Texts

With WatchOS 2, you can make calls, share interesting content or send text messages through third-party apps. But on the other hand, talking to your hand can be totally awkward in social settings. Well, who cares as long as you have Apple Watch to sport!

Custom Text Replies

Set custom text or ready-made responses for different apps.

Audio Recording

Talk to your wrist and record small notes, reminders and messages.

Video Playback

Play video right on your wrist! For online media platform, this is just another way to expand the user base. If you are active on Twitter, you must be aware of Vine, a short video app that also featured on Apple WWDC15 keynote. If the video duration is just about 10 second or so, this is already a hit.

Third-Party Apple Watch Apps:

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If you are staying at one of the Starwood Hotels & Resorts, you can unlock the door with Apple Watch along with getting the directions to your hotel, check—in information and details, right on the wrist.

American Airlines

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Stay on the top of your schedule with American Airlines app that brings you flight information throughout the day you are supposed to travel. You can do check-in with your Apple Watch, claim baggage and get arrival status.

Nike+ Running

While you still need to take your phone with you, this app mirrors the data regarding the distance covered, duration and pace on your wrist. You can connect to Bluetooth headset to listen to the synced music.

Instagram

Scroll through the feed, like photos, get notifications and leave comment, all with Apple Watch.

MLB.com

MLB fans can get notifications for their favourite teams’ schedules, updates and player details.

Twitter:

Get Twitter feed directly on Apple Watch including the new tweets, favourites, retweet and followers. You can dictate instead of typing tweet. Get trending topics right on your wrist as well.

Evernote

Same as Evernote for iPhone! Made for each other! You can set reminders, search for notes based on your location and dictate notes too.

Green Kitchen App:

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If you are fond of cooking, this might be something you are looking for. Get organic recipes and real-time inputs for cooking. Start timer when you cook and you will get notifications for the entire process.

Strava

Keep iPhone in your pocket and let Apple Watch mirror the data such as average speed, distance covered and heart rate as well as elevation gain during your run.  Regular updates keep you charged up and when you beat or set a personal record, a trophy is also amongst the prized possession.

Redfin

On a lookout of your dream home or office? This Apple Watch app will let you go through the real estate listings, browse through the photos of home, get prices and other details. You can also dictate the comments to come back to a shortlisted property. Share information with your family to see the property you have marked as a favourite. You can also schedule a tour of the property with the agent through this app.

Salesforce Analytics

The most popular management app for customer relationship is now on Apple Watch. Get snapshot of business analytics right on your wrist.

Shazam:

Cannot figure out what the lyrics are? Get Shazam for Apple Watch to listen to what is playing including the name of the song, artist and the lyrics.

NYTimes

Snapshot of the news in digital format. ‘Save Later’ for a more relaxed and patient reading.

Though, Apple iOS9 now has NEWS too with over 55 publications vying for your attention.

The list of third-party Apple apps is quite exhaustive and more are adding up! What are you digging?

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