The First Apple Watch Apps Make Their Debut
While you can’t even pre-order the Apple Watch until early April, that doesn’t mean watch apps haven’t already started to appear in the app store.
That’s right, Apple has begun approving apps for the new watch for the new watch and, as of today, 24 have made the cut. (HINT: Twitter was approved by the App Store team while Facebook was not!)
These apps, along with any other approved before April 10th, will be the first available to early adopters of the promising new watch.
While it’s an exiting list, it’s important to note that all 24 are updates of existing iOS apps. Some are there to show off functions — as hotel keys, credit cards, airline boarding passes. Others target narrow interests — cricket, baseball, fantasy football. Some — like WeChat and AliPay — are pitched to the Asian market. Some, like SkyGuide, are probably there because they’re just so cool.
Here they are (in alphabetical order)…
- Air Canada: Gate, boarding time and boarding pass
- AliPay: China’s Apple Pay (300 million users)
- Babbel: Learn languages by talking to your watch
- Dark Sky: Everybody’s favorite weather app
- ECB Cricket: Up-to-date cricket scores
- Evernote: Note-taking on steroids
- Expedia: A travel agent on your wrist
- Kitchen Stories: Weekly recipes and how-to videos
- Line: Free chat, voice, video calls (600 million users)
- MLB.com At Bat: Pitch-by-pitch live baseball
- Procreate Pocket: Sketch on your wrist, AirDrop to iPad
- Qantas Airways: Gate, boarding time, boarding pass
- Redfin: Shop for a home in 8 hot real estate markets
- Runtastic Six Pack: Spring is here; start working those abs
- Sky Guide: Hold it to the sky and it will name the stars
- Starwood Hotels: Check in, open room without passing reception
- The New York Times: All the news that’s fit to print
- Target: Shopping and identity theft made easier
- Things: To-do list manager
- TransitApp: Real-time bus and subway info in 75 cities
- The Wall Street Journal: The crown jewel of Rupert Murdoch’s empire
- Twitter: The world in 140 characters (500 million users)
- WeChat: China’s favorite chat app (438 million users)
- Yahoo Tourney Pick’Em: Fantasy football, baseball, basketball, hockey
None of these 3rd party apps were featured in Apple’s TV advertisements (perhaps because they weren’t ready in time). Apple opted for home-grown apps instead.