The Apple Watch arrives today and if you’re getting one you’ll want to fill it up with fun and useful apps. Even if you’re not getting an Apple Watch you may be curious about exactly what the Watch can do. Apps can help the Watch do a lot.
Apps on a watch are very different from apps on a phone or tablet. The screen size is minimal and the lack of a keyboard means developers have to be creative in designing how you interact with apps. These apps are useful in their form and function to help you make the most of your Apple Watch (or maybe make you wish you had an Apple Watch?)
If you want to check out how apps work on the Apple Watch, check out WatchAware, a very cool, interactive website that shows you how apps works on the Apple Watch. Read the description of the apps and see animated images of how the apps work on the Watch.
Check out the WatchAware Search page to search for the Watch app you want or look by category or top lists to find apps for your new Apple Watch. Check out the Gallery to find the images of the apps from WatchAware.
Check out these images for the apps listed in this article:
Apple Watch Apps
Note that to use an app on the Apple Watch you must also have the app on your iPhone that’s connected to the Watch. All of the apps listed below are free in iTunes.
You may not think reaching into your pocket or purse for your phone is a big deal until you discover the convenience of wearing a smart watch on your wrist. These apps make the most of the Apple Watch so that soon you’ll wonder how you lived without one.
See your notes on your wrist and create new ones. You can dictate quick notes, get reminders of notes and see which notes were created near your current location.
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Evernote is available free in iTunes.
The Yahoo Weather app on the iPhone gives you plenty of information that you may want to see at a glance on your Watch. Get hourly, 5-day and 10-day forecasts and view Flickr photos of your location and weather conditions. See the forecast on a graph, change locations and see times for sunrise and sunset.
You can get the Yahoo Weather app free in iTunes.
See restaurants near you on a map, check availability and make reservations using OpenTable. You can also get reminders of upcoming reservations and get directions to the restaurant on a map.
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Get the OpenTable app free in iTunes.
Get reminders to take your medicine, see when your next dose is due and learn more about the medicine you’re taking such as drug interactions and whether to take it with food.
WebMD is free in iTunes.
Epicurious Recipes and Shopping List
Have your favorite recipes ready on your wrist with the Epicurious app. Keep a shopping list handy, set a timer, and get inspiration for new recipes to try from the app. Learn which produce is in-season according to your location. Use voice control so you can use the app hands-free.
Epicurious is free in iTunes.
Listen to your favorite stations, pause music and vote a song up or down on the Pandora app on your watch. Add a new station by using voice controls from the Watch app.
⇒ Find out more about Pandora at Pandora: Music to Your Ears?
The Pandora app is free in iTunes.
Get information about breaking news on your Apple Watch with these apps:
Get personalized breaking news when you choose from 12 categories in the CNN app. Pick from Top Stories, U.S., World, Politics, Tech, Health, and/or Entertainment to get breaking news alerts. Tap on a notification to read the story, then you can choose to save it or continue reading it on your iPhone. You can even use the app to launch CNN TV live on your iPhone.
You can get the CNN app free in iTunes.
A glance at your wrist can keep you up to date with the latest scores from your favorite teams and important news in sports. Get notifications about score changes and major plays. See real-time scores and key plays with the ESPN app for Apple Watch.
Find the ESPN app free in iTunes
Keep up with social media from your wrist with these Watch apps.
See what’s trending on Twitter from your wrist so you’re always in the know about what people are tweeting about. Check out your mentions and follow people back. You can even tweet the song you’re currently listening to. Get notifications that you can act on with a simple tap of the screen. Retweet from the Watch app.
Twitter is available in iTunes for free.
Getting together with others will be easier with Meetup on the Apple Watch. See Meetups happening near you, view and respond to invitations and see a list of who else will be attending.
⇒ See, Meetup – Get Out There! for more information about Meetup.
The Meetup app is free in iTunes
Your Apple Watch shouldn’t be all work and no play. Check out these fun games you can actually play on your Watch!
If you’re already addicted to Trivia Crack this app won’t help. Or maybe it will because you’ll be able to play the game from your wrist. Spin the wheel, choose categories and answer questions from your wrist.
You can start playing the Trivia Crack app by downloading it free on iTunes.
Play this fun word game right on your watch. Use the letter tiles to form words on your watch. This demo shows you how the game works both on your iPhone and on the Apple Watch:
Letterpad is free on iTunes
Which of these apps would you like to see on your Apple Watch. Do you have any favorite apps coming to the Apple Watch? What do you think makes for a useful or fun app for the Watch? Share your thoughts with us in the Comments section below!
* App images used with permission of WatchAware.