Last week, developers started updating their iPhone apps to provide support for Apple Watch. This first batch, though small, gives us an early sense of the type of apps developers hope will be popular on the wearable device, which arrives in stores on April 24.
Weather from different perspectives
Thanks to the native weather app, forecasts and current conditions can already be arranged on the Apple Watch face to give you a snapshot of your day. This won’t stop third-party developers from adding their own bells and whistles.
Dark Sky is among the first weather apps to offer Apple Watch support. Many more are expected to follow very soon.
No surprise here. Apple Watch is an exercise device, so it makes sense that developers are planning to bring a number of workout apps to the device. These include ones from Nike, Strava, and Runtastic, with many more to follow.
Shop, shop, shop
It makes sense that some of the earliest Apple Watch apps come from retailers, since the device works with Apple Pay. Target’s app has already been updated. In the coming days, apps for Fandango, eBay, and Expedia will also receive Apple Watch updates.
Making travel easier
Thanks to the latest SPG: Starwood Hotels & Resorts app update, for example, guests will be able to check into their hotel rooms with their wearable device. The American Airlines app is also set to arrive on Apple Watch, among others.
There are going to be a lot of news and sports apps compatible with Apple Watch. TheScore sports app has already been updated, as has Flipboard. Updates from The New York Times and ESPN are expected soon.
I can’t wait for Apple Watch to arrive. It looks like developers are excited too. For more information on Apple Watch apps, visit our sister site, WatchAware.
Apple Watch will be available for preorder beginning April 10 through the Apple Online Store in Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, United Kingdom, and the United States. Two weeks later, on April 24, Apple Watch will be available online or by reservation in Apple’s retail stores and select Apple Authorized Resellers in the same locations.