“Our devices are defined by the apps they run,” Michael Simon writes for Macworld. “Give an iPhone user a factory-fresh device and they’ll instantly hit the App Store to download their favorites: Tweetbot, Camera+, 1Password, Candy Crush. When the iPad Pro launched late last year, it needed apps like Procreate and uMake to illustrate just how remarkable its pressure- and tilt-sensitive powers are.”
“So it makes sense that Apple Watch would have them too,” Simon writes. “From the moment it was available for sale, thousand of tiny apps have been available to load in wrist-sized chunks, offering small bites of information to tide us over until the next time we unlock our iPhone. All of our favorites are there, all appropriately scaled for a less-than-two-inch screen.”
“But while there may be some 15,000 apps ready for the wrist, few if any are required installing. Even the apps that are essential on our iPhones or iPads are easily forgotten on our watches, forever lost in a spanning sea of circles on the tiny home screen,” Simon writes. “It could be that the Apple Watch platform is so new, so unique that it needs more time to mature, but it’s been more than a year since the first SDK landed in developer’s hands, and apps being released today aren’t all that much better than the ones that landed on launch day. I think the answer is simple. The iPhone and iPad need apps. But the Apple Watch doesn’t.”
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MacDailyNews Take: There are a few indispensable third-party apps for Apple Watch — like Dark Sky, for one — but they are few ad far between. How many apps do you currently have on your Apple Watch?