The first Apple Watch apps have arrived, sort of
The Apple Watch won’t launch until late April, but a couple dozen apps have already arrived.
As 9to5Mac reports, several app makers are now advertising Watch support in their App Store listings. That means users should be able to download the apps now, and have them ready to go when the Apple Watch launches on April 24.
Here’s a rundown of the first apps:
- Air Canada: View flight status, glance at boarding time, and board with Passbook
- AliPay: Make mobile payments
- Babbel: Discover words in new languages on the watch
- Dark Sky: Find out exactly when it’s going to rain or snow in the next hour
- ECB Cricket: Glance at scores, Force Touch to enable game notifications
- Evernote: Dictate and search notes by voice, view notes, and create reminders
- Expedia: View flight and hotel room status, get directions to your hotel
- Kitchen Stories: View recipes and shopping lists, set a kitchen timer
- Line: No description, but presumably send and view messages
- MLB.com At Bat: Glance at scores, and get pitch-by-pitch updates
- Procreate Pocket: Use the watch as a digital palette for the iPhone painting app
- Qantas Airways: No description, but presumably view flight status
- Redfin: Get notified of new homes and nearby open houses, dictate notes
- Runtastic: Get “Six Pack” ab workout instructions on the wrist
- Sky Guide: See a calendar of astronomical events, and get notified ahead of time
- SPG Starwood: Use the Watch as a room key, and view account information
- NYTimes: Swipe through breaking news stories and send them to iPhone or iPad
- Target: Make a shopping list and view aisle locations
- Things: No details yet, but it’s a to-do list app
- Transit App: Get up-to-date information on public transit in North America
- The Wall Street Journal: No details, but presumably headlines on the wrist
- Twitter: Compose tweets, respond to mentions, view recent tweets and top trends
- WeChat: Read and reply to messages, view the “Moments” photo stream
- Yahoo Tourney/Fantasy: Get notifications, glance at team info, send smack talk
Apple is also showcasing several apps on its website, some of which aren’t on the above list. Examples include Shazam for identifying songs, NPR One playlist controls, and Nike+ fitness tracking. The Apple Watch app—a mandatory install on iOS 8.2—doesn’t list any of these apps yet.
Why this matters: 9to5Mac believes the first apps are launching now for reviewers who might be getting their hands on the hardware. But with in-store demos beginning on April, Apple may also want to have some apps in place for training and demonstration purposes. In any case, the list gives everyone a better sense of how the Apple Watch will work, and how apps will try to provide novel experiences for the wrist.