10 Apple Watch Apps Ready to Go When the Smartwatch Ships

 
 
By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 2015-03-13
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    American Airlines wanted to serve its highly mobile customers by having an Apple Watch app ready when the wearable starts shipping. The app will send reminders to passengers about flight departure times as well as gate-change information. The Apple Watch can also be used to check in for a flight and to check boarding passes at the gate. American Airlines developers actually made boarding passes readable on the Apple Watch.
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    American Airlines wanted to serve its highly mobile customers by having an Apple Watch app ready when the wearable starts shipping. The app will send reminders to passengers about flight departure times as well as gate-change information. The Apple Watch can also be used to check in for a flight and to check boarding passes at the gate. American Airlines developers actually made boarding passes readable on the Apple Watch.
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    Looking for a good spot for a dinner meeting? OpenTable might be the right option. The OpenTable Apple Watch app won't let users post reservations (that has to be done on the iPhone). But it will let them quickly find restaurants with available reservations. The Apple Watch app also includes a mapping feature to help users find their way to the restaurants of their choice.
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    Evernote is designed for folks that want to quickly access notes taken and stored on another device. In addition, the Apple Watch app includes the ability for users to dictate notes into the device and set reminders. There's even a location feature to find notes that were entered in a particular place or relate to a nearby place.
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    The Salesforce.com app for Apple Watch is, of course, only useful to companies that actually use the platform. For those companies, the app is surprisingly powerful, offering a quick snapshot of what's going on at any given time, an analysis of top sales opportunities and how a particular sales division is performing. It sounds like a great app for executives that rely on the Salesforce cloud app to keep up with sales trends.
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    Lifesum is a health-tracking app that will automatically tally caloric intake after a meal. Based on that meal choice and the number of calories ingested in a day, Lifesum provides recommendations on what to eat next and portion sizes to keep the user in check. The app will also provide some insight into what foods to avoid.
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    CommitTo3 could be one of the most useful apps in this roundup for the busy executive. This work collaboration app lets a user pick three people and have them all commit to three tasks that should be completed that day. The Apple Watch app then provides "gentle" reminders throughout the day to keep people on track. Users can also tick off when they've completed a task from the Apple Watch and track other team members.
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    PayByPhone Parking is designed for those who aren't parking in a garage, but on the street. The app lets users pay at a meter and then automatically keeps track of how much time is remaining. When the user is within 10 minutes of the meter running out, he or she is given the option to add more money to get extra time if possible.
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    For the average professional, it can't be all fun and games. Sometimes, using a social service, like Instagram, is needed. That's why the Facebook-owned company is coming to Apple Watch. The app will feature the ability to browse a user's Instagram feed and favorite photos, and to leave comments.
 

Apple will begin taking pre-shipment orders starting April 10—less than a month from now—for the Apple Watch. The wearable is set to start shipping just two weeks later. While there has been endless debate about whether Apple's smartwatch will prove practical and productively useful, the most important factor that will help drive sales and make the device a technological and financial success will be the applications. So, to get the Apple Watch ready for shipment, Apple worked with many third parties to make sure that plenty of mobile applications will be ready to run on the device. There is a wide range of apps for business users, for consumers and personal self-improvement. The basic goal of all these apps is to provide a good experience for end users so that they feel they are getting their money's worth from their brand-new Apple Watches. To give potential buyers an idea of the kinds of things they can do with an Apple watch, this eWEEK slide show lists some of the more prominent apps that will be available for the device.  Apple hasn't provided prices on the apps yet, so it's currently unknown whether they'll be free or available for a fee at the App Store.

 
 
 
 
 
Don Reisinger is a freelance technology columnist. He started writing about technology for Ziff-Davis' Gearlog.com. Since then, he has written extremely popular columns for CNET.com, Computerworld, InformationWeek, and others. He has appeared numerous times on national television to share his expertise with viewers. You can follow his every move at http://twitter.com/donreisinger.
 
 
 
 
 
 

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