Apple knows that a smartwatch is nothing without decent apps, which is why it brought high-profile third-party developers into a secret testing facility for the Apple Watch at its head quarters in Cupertino.
Apple’s chief executive Tim Cook took to the stage in Yerba Buena Center in San Francisco to showcase some of the apps developers have been working on.
Here are some examples of the apps that will be coming to the Apple Watch.
An easy to use to-do list app, Todoist supports list making, voice control and a host of other features, which take advantage of the shape of the screen and the digital crown on the Apple Watch.
The Todoist app is an extension of the free Todoist iPhone app, which syncs with the cloud and allows collaborative to-do lists and productivity management. Todoist also has a version of the app for Google’s Android Wear smartwatches.
The watch can listen to music using an in-built microphone and correctly identify what’s playing – in this case, “Congregation” by Foo Fighters.
BMW i8 and i3 owners will be able to locate their cars, open the doors and see their charge level remotely direct from the watch. BMW has similar apps for the iPhone and Android, as well as Samsung’s Gear smartwatch, that can control the temperature of a the car and set up destinations for the satellite navigation.
Facebook’s developed an Instagram app that connects via the iPhone app and notifies users of likes and comments on photos as well as pulling in a small feed of photos from the user’s Instagram timeline, and notifications when selected users post new photos.
Twitter’s app will act as a notification extension to the iPhone Twitter app, allowing people to see new mentions and direct message alerts from their wrist.
The United Airlines app for the Apple Watch will tell users which gate to go to, the boarding time and display their boarding pass, pulling the information from the United iPhone app.
Uber has an app that allows users to track their booked taxi and see how far away it is without having to take out their iPhone, notifying them of when it has arrived and is ready for them.
Email client Mailbox, which was recently bought by cloud storage service Dropbox, has an app that allows quick access to Gmail and other email services from the watch as an extension of the company’s popular iPhone app.
Sports brand Nike, a long time partner of Apple since the days of the Nike + iPod, will have one of the first fitness apps available for the Apple Watch connecting to the Nike Fuel system as well as Apple’s Heath app. Nike recently discontinued its Nike FuelBand fitness tracker, and is relying on apps available for Samsung and Google’s smartwatches and now Apple’s.
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