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10 Apple Watch Apps: Which Ones Will You Use?

Apple is trying to find a compelling reason for you to buy the Apple Watch. Would these apps do the trick?
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Ever since Apple's Spring Forward press event on March 9, the tech community has been abuzz with talk of the new MacBook and Apple Watch -- but not all attention is good attention.

Prior to its debut, the Apple Watch was touted as a revolutionary product for wearable technology. In a market where vendors have largely failed to generate excitement, many expected Apple to attract consumers with one smartwatch to rule them all, taking the helm as a trendsetter in the wearables space.

Granted, expectations were high, but the overall reaction to the Apple Watch was underwhelming. Yes, it's cool and unlike any other smartwatch on the market. Yes, Apple will probably sell a decent amount of them, given the size of its fan base. Based on the company's demonstrations, however, the wearable does little that an iPhone can't do. And without the iPhone, it's a very pricey accessory.

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Anyone trying to preorder the Apple Watch starting April 10 can choose from two sizes, three models, two types of finish per model, and a broad variety of watchbands. Pricing starts at $349 for the low-end Sport model and skyrockets to more than $10,000 for the gold-plated Edition.

The challenge for Apple lies in convincing its customer base that its members have good reason to invest hundreds of dollars in what is, essentially, an extension of the iPhone. It's not an easy feat, and it could be said that Apple Watch's success will rely heavily on the kind of apps it can support.

The watch does come with a range of built-in apps including a calendar, an alarm, maps, music, Siri, stocks, weather, and a timer. Oh, and it also comes with a clock.

Apple released the WatchKit SDK in November 2014 to developers eager to create offerings for the Apple Watch. Some apps have already some to fruition. Hopefully they'll set the stage for even more watch-centric apps to enhance the Apple Watch and spark greater enthusiasm for Apple's wearable.

Click through and see some of the newest offerings coming to Apple Watch when it hits the market in April 2015. Would you use any of these apps? Which ones? If you have any ideas for more watch apps, share them in the comments.

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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nomii
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3/25/2015 | 5:51:44 AM
Re: Apple Watch Apps
@SachinEE: Multiple features have played a major role in the success of a smartphone. If they would have been limited to one or two features except making calls, the users would have been fed up with that technology. Similarly FitBit-esque sensors can give an initial push to the product but it cannot become only a medical accessory.
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3/25/2015 | 2:19:24 AM
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@JCBond: Android auto is already making its way to the car market, although it is not currently available worldwide but still it is making good progress. This solution can address the crappy navigation systems of the vehicles and once fully operational it will prove to be a tough challenge for smartwatches vehicle related apps..
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3/25/2015 | 2:09:33 AM
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but I'll wait for bigger Apple fans to prove me wrong.

@Kelly22: I think the apple fans will not disappoint you much in the initial sale of smartwatch but the features in new releases will truly decide its future. Secondly I think the user's response after the first product will decide the direction of the future release. As in the case of smartphones, it was realized by the companies after the release of the first few models that along with performance the phone size does matter.
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3/24/2015 | 2:43:12 PM
Re: Apple Watch Apps
I should probably qualify my earlier comment about automotive integration with phones - what I wrote is my understanding, but I haven't seen an actual implementation yet.

I think car companies will eventually figure out that they make carpy nav systems and eventually turn this over to what is easily upgraded and synced to what individuals really like.
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3/24/2015 | 2:39:14 PM
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@nomii: Maybe smart watches would come equipped with FitBit-esque sensors on its wrist band so that we can track our vitals. That can't come from a smartphone, can it. And people keen on shedding a few pounds would buy a smartwatch and a smartphone than loose all money on bits of fitness gadgets.
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3/24/2015 | 2:37:33 PM
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"Car companies are linking to our phones, remoting the screens so we can use the mapping programs that get regularly updated, show traffic, etc.  But with the car integration, it can be safer, requiring users to stop before entering in destinations and things like that.  This type of integration is a step up from simply being another source of info-tainment."

Android Auto seems to be a downgrade since it doesn't use its full capabilities of working with a smart car, it was supposed to make a car smart but without appropriate sensors, it is still dumb.
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3/24/2015 | 2:35:21 PM
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If the entry price tag is $350 and it lasts a day atleast, then buying the watch seems to be okay. That parking meter app is nice. 
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3/23/2015 | 11:49:10 AM
Re: 10 Apple Watch Apps: Which Ones Will You Use
@Susan, it's funny, but I feel similarly about tablets. Maybe they lend themselves to productivity in some respects, but I never saw them as must-have devices. A laptop and phone are all I need.

Same thing for the watch - the parking app, Babbel, etc. are all undoubtedly useful apps, but are they useful enough to make people spend $350+ on a watch? I'm thinking no, but I'll wait for bigger Apple fans to prove me wrong.
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3/20/2015 | 10:49:41 AM
Re: Apple Watch Apps
On Cars, I think things are moving in a way that makes sense.

Car companies are linking to our phones, remoting the screens so we can use the mapping programs that get regularly updated, show traffic, etc.  But with the car integration, it can be safer, requiring users to stop before entering in destinations and things like that.  This type of integration is a step up from simply being another source of info-tainment.
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3/19/2015 | 8:38:58 AM
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but I don't see why the phone wouldn't be sufficient for that.

You are absolutely right JCbond. Smartwatch offers nothing which cannot be done using smartphone and for navigation we have systems installed in our cars already and I am sure these systems will improve with time as well and they might have parking app installed in them.
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