6 Apple Watch Apps That Will Make Your Life Easier

By on April 24, 2015 | 2:43 pm
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April 24, 2015 | 2:43 pm

Do you have an Apple Watch yet? If not, you’re not alone as Apple’s new smartwatch is in such high demand that its own stores don’t even stock it. In order to have gotten one on release day, (today) you had to have pre-ordered the Apple Watch weeks ago. But if you are lucky enough to own an Apple Watch, I suppose you’ll need some things to actually do on it. Well, you don’t expect to be fascinated by the digital crown forever, do you?

To help you out a bit, I’ve put together this list of Apple Watch apps that will make your life easier. Some aid you with work, some just give you quicker ways to get around but what they all have in common is that they’re 100% free. Read on and enjoy.

1. CityMapper

When you’ve lived in a city for a while you learn the tricks of getting around, which shortcuts to take, where to get off the bus, where all of your favorite spots are, etc. No such luck if you’ve recently moved though, or if you’re in the city for a passing visit.

CityMapper solves this, offering routes, departure times, and info about when to get off whatever form of public transport you might be on. The Apple Watch version of the app is designed to get you where you need to go just by quickly glancing at the device, so you’ll be able to get around in no time at all.

2. Epicurious

Epicurious, despite its distinctly foodless name, advertises itself as an “intelligent kitchen timer”. Its key selling points are telling you when to do something with the food you’re cooking (e.g flip that fillet of fish, take that chicken out of the oven) which is handy if you don’t want to either give people food poisoning or serve them the blackened remains of the ‘pot pie that never was’.

The Epicurious app on iPhone and iPad provides recipe ideas, so if you pair the two app versions together, you’ll rarely be stuck for things to cook and you’ll always know how to cook them.

2. Evernote

The Evernote Apple Watch app is another app that’s enjoyed serious success on iPhone and iPad. It’s all about note-taking and cloud-saves, because people are always coming up with ideas and they’re constantly switching between screens.

Having such a small screen, it’s not convenient to do the same Evernote-y things on Apple Watch as you do on Apple’s bigger screened devices, but you can dictate notes and searches and create reminders for your to-do lists. So it’s not the most standalone app in the world but it’s certainly a handy partner.

3. Circa

The Circa app compiles a list of all of the ‘need to know’ news that’s relevant to your interests.

Circa’s developers have made sure that the app is made so that Apple Watch users can stay up to date on the latest news, lightning fast. They expect people to be using the iPhone less and less because of the Apple Watch and with Circa giving us info so speedily, I’m inclined to agree.

4. Runtastic

In the flagship Runtastic Apple Watch app (the developer has a few), workouts become a heck of a lot easier. The Apple Watch app connects with the iPhone version of it and it lets you quickly glance and see information without having to pause your run and dig out your iPhone, which is what you would usually have to do.

With Runtastic for the Apple Watch, you can review your weekly Runtastic app activities including distance covered and calories burned in one simple notification.

5. Wunderlist

While Evernote helps you capture ideas, Wunderlist lets you put forward ideas and then share them, making it ideal for collaborative teams and families to work together. For example, if you need your partner to pick your child up from daycare, or if your dog needs to take some medication and you’re not home to give it to him, you can add that task to the Wunderlist app and whoever else is in the app with you can see that, do that and check it off the list.

With the Apple Watch version of Wunderlist, you’re able to scroll through your list of tasks, saving you from finding your phone and doing the same. Given that Wunderlist is made to help us save time and keep us doing the most important things, I’d say that that’s very handy indeed.

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