Apple Watch comes with a bunch of very useful built-in apps, while other applications need not appear in its limited space. For now, Apple Watch seems to be in between the iPhone and a Bluetooth headset, said Marco.org, and not a device to which to port apps, making it just a viewport of the iPhone.
Unlike as in iPhones, users cannot hide or delete any of the wearable’s 20 built-in apps. Apple CEO Tim Cook confirmed that Apple Watch will have more than 3,500 apps available, but some reviewers found there are apps that do not offer useful functionality. As Apple’s first smartwatch has no folders, users can just reorder the home screen to sort out the apps according to usage. This can be done either via the Apple Watch app for iPhone or by some taps on the watch itself. According to Macworld, the following are the Apple Watch’s most useful built-in apps – worth putting near the center.
Activity is an app that users found very important, as it shows progress towards the user’s personal fitness goals. It provides three rings – red, green and blue for Move, Exercise and Stand. They give recap information at a glance, and more details when the watch is tapped. The smartwatch, through this app, prompts the user to get up and move around if it does not receive an activity log within an hour.
Users have experienced Apple Pay and Passbook as doing well with Apple Watch. The former just needs double-tapping of the button for the default card and holding the watch’s face over the credit card terminal, and the transaction is done. Passbook launches faster in the smartwatch than it does on the iPhone.
There is also Camera Remote, a remote shutter button for a shooter on the iPhone. It has two buttons – a shutter button for quick shots, and one with a three-second countdown, after which the iPhone can take a burst of 10 photos. Since the Apple Watch is a watch, telling the time is its main job, which is does through the Clock app. What makes it stand out from other watches is its precision along with alerts and notifications for calendar events.
With Apple Watch, it is easy and convenient to call favorite contacts, courtesy of the Friends app. Once a friend is tapped, Apple’s smartwatch prompts the user with the options to “call” or “message” the friend. The app Messages also stands out, as it is good in giving notifications that users can actually act on. One can reply to messages from the Apple Watch, by either dictating it to Siri via the mic or by picking a prewritten snippet.
The Music app ties with the same app on the iPhone, and when near the watch, its library can be browsed via the wearable by album, playlist and artist. Browsing can be done by spinning the digital crown or scrolling with the finger. The Phone app makes Apple Watch capable of making and receiving calls, as well as allowing the user to listen to voicemails. It works like a small speakerphone if the paired iPhone is close, and is said to be the best for quick calls.
Apple Watch serves as a great remote control. Strapped to one’s wrist, it allows command of an iTunes library on Mac and Apple TV. The Apple Watch just needs to be added in the settings of the Apple TV (Settings -> General -> Remote). It will ask for a code, which can be obtained from the smartwatch’s Remote app, then click “Add New.”
Apple’s Weather watch app supports many cities, has a great interface and is very informative. It gives the current temperature and hourly conditions, as well as forecasts of precipitation.
Workout eats a lot of the battery, as it monitors heart rate continuously while the user exercises. The Apple Watch checks the heart rate every 10 minutes in ordinary time. Cardio is the goal – running, walking, boxing, aerobics, yoga and others. For a new workout, the user can choose a goal based on distance, calories burned, elapsed time or open mode, which depends on how long the user can last.
Workout proves to be among Apple Watch’s most useful built-in apps. According to user feedback, it does not tolerate cheating. It only logs the exercise minutes when the user truly and really works out, and not during idle time.
By Judith Aparri
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