Even though it’s only been in release for a short period of time, the verdict is in: the Apple Watch is NOT the disaster that many predicted it to be. Though it is hardly selling at the same volume as Apple’s iPhone and iPad devices, company insiders recently revealed that the wearable device is performing “well above” their initial expectations. One of the primary reasons for this is because the Apple Watch is already backed by a large number of high quality apps that users around the world are finding deep value in. Make no mistake: even the most powerful piece of hardware will eventually fail if it doesn’t have equally powerful software to power it. If you’re a new Apple Watch owner and are looking to get the most out of your device, there are a number of key apps that you’ll definitely want to download.
At its core, the Apple Watch is a device that is designed to simplify your life and put all relevant information that you need throughout the day within reach at all times. This is one of the reasons why the Weather Nerd app is so important – it takes detailed forecast information and condenses it down into a level of detail that the user has complete control over at all times. If you’re just looking for a quick daily forecast, you can get it with a finger tap. If you’re looking for something more like the hourly rainfall details, a six day upcoming forecast, temperature estimates for the next hour, week or longer, Weather Nerd will deliver this data, too.
One of the most intuitive apps on the Apple Watch is actually a new version of an old classic – Shazam. For those unfamiliar, Shazam is an app that will use your device’s microphone to “listen” to a song that is playing somewhere in the area. If you don’t know the name of the song, the artist who recorded it or the album that it originally appeared on, Shazam will tell you in just a few quick seconds. What makes the Apple Watch version of Shazam so valuable, however, is that an already easy process is somehow even more straightforward thanks to the Watch’s prominence on your wrist. You don’t have to even think about taking your phone out of your pocket to learn more about a song that you’re hearing – you can just wave your wrist in a very specific motion and Shazam will discreetly take care of the rest. You can also use Shazam to quickly look up lyrics and other relevant information and more.
Though iOS devices have long made Apple’s first-party “Reminders” app a baked in part of the operating system, the Apple Watch ships with no such equivalent. If you’re looking for a powerful yet straightforward to-do list application for your new device, Clear is certainly the best option available on the market today. Clear provides you fast and easy access to all of your responsibilities for the day in a level of detail that would feel cumbersome in the built-in “Calendar” application. You can create or clear a task with the swipe of your finger and can get a quick, detailed breakdown of your upcoming tasks just by raising your wrist.
One of the strengths of the Apple Watch involves the many different ways that it interacts with the iPhone you already have. Case in point: the ProCamera application is designed to use your Apple Watch to add a variety of integral features to your iPhone’s camera. You can use ProCamera as a remote for the camera, for example, or as a secondary viewfinder whenever you’d like.