The next gold rush: Apple Watch apps

“One of the biggest things to hit the block this year and debuting in 2015 is the Apple Watch,” Cory Bohon writes for TechRepublic. “The Apple Watch introduction in September 2014 was short; I bet there are features that won’t be unveiled until the watch’s debut in ‘early 2015.'”

“Developers are excited about being able to start shipping their WatchKit-based applications for Apple Watch. These applications are currently limited to Glances, Interactive Notifications, and applications that are not fully native to the watch,” Bohon writes. “Later in 2015, I expect Apple will unlock the ability for developers to write fully native watch apps that do not require an iPhone to work. This will unlock the potential of wrist-top computing in the same way that Apple unleashed the full potential of desktop-class applications on mobile devices with the App Store and iOS.”

Bohon writes, “I predict that Apple Watch apps will be the next gold rush.”

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  1. When the iPhone first came out, possiblilties for apps was endless, and it still is. As far as watch apps go, I cant think of anything that I would want on my wrist that wouldnt work better on my phone. Sure there will be plenty of useful apps but I have doubts it will be the ‘next gold rush’.
    I predict the majority of watch apps will be companions to phone apps.

    1. More or less the same attitude… Anything that could be done on your smartphone could be done on your laptop. So, the only deciding factor was which was more convenient? Pulling your laptop out of your bag to look something up, or pulling your phone out of your pocket?

      Same thing here… The watch is all about notifications and quick looks. It’s a single aspect of the phone that it can in fact enhance simply by being much more convenient. Whether that convenience if worth the extra money is purely objective.

      I used to drive around in my car with my iBook hooked into my car stereo system so I could listen to my music while driving back and forth to work. Did I need an iPod? Nope. But it sure made my life much easier by not needing to lug around my laptop. And the iPod could go places that wouldn’t make sense for a laptop to go.

      “Connectivity” is already showing us the convenience of not needing our phones by our sides 24/7. I can answer texts and take phone calls from my Mac.

      I suspect we’ll see the same from the watch – not that I would ever buy one; I’ve never worn a watch, or any jewelry for that matter, and I don’t plan on starting to now.

  2. The neat thing for Apple about Apps is that you get developers to enhance your device for free. Provide the platform and let a someone else come up with neat ideas.
    Sure this happens with all computing devices but it made the iPhone the success it is.

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