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10 Apple Watch Apps For Business, Productivity

Salesforce, Microsoft, and Evernote are three of many companies developing Apple Watch apps focused on productivity and collaboration.
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It has been a busy couple of weeks for Apple, which is currently handling preorders for its Apple Watch. More than one million orders have been placed so far, many of which won't ship until June or July.

Customers have their choice of three Watch models, two sizes, and a variety of bands. Most opted for the least expensive Sport model, which starts at $349, but a sizable chunk splurged on the next-level Watch. The pricey Edition model will run for up to $17,000.

Even though there is a clear consumer demand for a product like Apple Watch, reviews have so far been mild. The Watch won points for its hardware and features, but users have found fault in its battery life, and third-party apps; they've also found various bugs.

[Apple Watch: Apps Booming, Display Toughness Questioned]

In typical Apple fashion, the company has created one good-looking accessory in the Apple Watch. It's attractive, customizable, and will no doubt be on shopping lists for tech-savvy fashionistas everywhere.

However, even loyal Apple fans will only pay so much for appearance. Ultimately, the appeal of the Watch lies not in how it looks, but how it works. In that respect, the Watch is already at a disadvantage because it requires an iPhone to perform the majority of its functions.

Plenty of developers have been at work to create apps for the Watch, which will start shipping this week. About 70% of these people are developing with Apple's new Swift programming language. So far, Apple has given its approval to about 4,000 third-party apps that include Instagram, Twitter, and Uber.

While most of those apps have likely been developed with consumers in mind, there are quite a few that could prove useful in the enterprise. Read on to learn more about the business-focused apps coming soon to a wrist near you. Would you use any of these in your day-to-day productivity? We'd like to hear your thoughts.

Kelly Sheridan is the Staff Editor at Dark Reading, where she focuses on cybersecurity news and analysis. She is a business technology journalist who previously reported for InformationWeek, where she covered Microsoft, and Insurance & Technology, where she covered financial ... View Full Bio

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Brian.Dean
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4/28/2015 | 2:45:28 AM
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@SunitaT0, modular design might be the answer for the consumer segment. It will allow consumers to improve their device/modules as and when, the consumer finds a new use case that is appealing. The downside of modular design is that for it to be truly successful, large economies of scale needs to be in existence.
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SunitaT0,
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4/24/2015 | 2:13:25 PM
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Invoice2Go has many advantages especially if you are not under the canopy of the same department, even then you can log hours and get payment notifications. When this data is shared with the payment database, analysts can work out who gets what amount of money. I have always seen a lot of confusion in this matter, some people claim more and get less, while some people are paid less even though they log more number of average hours than most. Problem? Solved.
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4/24/2015 | 2:08:04 PM
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@Brian: The wearables can have all sorts of sensors, however the consumer market knows and understands a lot less than we think we know. The wearables can only improve upon themselves if the distribution channels give them reasons to update their hardware and software.
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4/24/2015 | 2:06:27 PM
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@yalanand: For someone who always has to deal with Powerpoint presentations, the watch remote is a really good excuse to deliver the presentataion with style. 
Brian.Dean
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4/24/2015 | 5:21:17 AM
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I feel that the wearable market might get its big break in the enterprise. Most devices have been produced with consumers in mind and have eventually, found their way into the enterprise. But, if wearable device producers pack the right sensors in the device then, the enterprise will provision resources at an extremely fast pace to try and enable higher productivity.
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4/24/2015 | 5:15:14 AM
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Invoice2Go caught my attention as well. I can imagine a construction and renovation business that have their employees working on multiple sites at the same time in any given payment cycle, managing the process of tracking and logging time in an automated fashion. 
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4/23/2015 | 3:22:59 PM
Advanced Technology Group
If the Enterprise has an Advanced Technology Group (or some group with the function of looking at new technologies and adapting them for the enterprise), then they should be hard at work on the Apple Watch to figure out there the technology can fit/expand/save/enable workflow, etc., the enterprise. Along with the business case, should be a slam dunk for development. But if Apple keeps the devices off the market/makes them difficult to get, then Large Enterprise adoption will take longer.
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4/23/2015 | 3:09:10 PM
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Invoice2Go and PowerPoint remote are really nice additions. I have to say. I was skeptical about smart watches but having seen the powerpoint remote I really think this adds to the style and oomph factor in the workplace. 
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4/23/2015 | 3:06:29 PM
Slack
Slack seems to be a nice way of communicating between cubicles. New technology that uses communication always creates a buzz inside the office. Everyone wants a piece of that technology, but the greater thing is that you can also share your work.
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