Best Apple Watch Apps To Download
That Apple Watch you’re wearing? It can do a whole lot more than tell the time with a moving Mickey Mouse face and remind you to breathe every so often. From tracking your sleep to translating foreign phrases and getting you to work on time, a cavalcade of brilliant Apple Watch apps have been created for this wristbound wonder.
Trouble is, the gems in Apple’s App Store aren’t always that easy to find. That’s why we’ve trawled through an already stacked roster of downloads to dig up the true essentials. Featuring Headspace, CityMapper and Streaks, these are the beat Apple Watch apps available.
Chances are if you live in a major city, then you’re more than familiar with CityMapper and its Apple Watch-related incarnation is just as essential. Especially if you’re on your way to a venue down a back alley in the middle of nowhere. Why? It’ll display directions on your wrist saving you the hassle of having to get out your phone at every new turn and flash it at passersby. Free at Apple.com
There are loads of great fitness apps for the Apple Watch. If you’re just looking kickstart yourself back into shape, then look past Strava or Runkeeper and take a look at Streaks Workout. Focusing on short bursts of stretches and activity that are called out on your watch face and run from 6 minutes to half an hour, it’s a great way to get into the habit of good exercise. $5 at Apple.com
Meditation is something we should all do a lot more of, but can struggle to find the time for. If you want to upgrade from Apple's much-ridiculed-but-actually-quite-useful Breathe app, then Headspace should be your first port of call. On Apple Watch you get a stripped-back incarnation of its iPhone app, including a helpful SOS feature for those moments when your anxiety gets a bit overwhelming. Free at Apple.com
Dark Sky Weather
A weather app that's so accurate it'll let you know a downpour is about to hit your locale minutes before it happens. Dark Sky might lack the twisted humour of its rival Carrot Weather, but it makes up for this with unerring accuracy. Whether you share its forecasts with your colleagues as they unwittingly head outdoors to be drenched is very much a matter of discretion. $5 at Apple.com
Pillow Automatic Sleep Tracker
It might be able to check whether you're at risk of a stroke and make a phone call all on its own, but your Apple Watch still doesn't have any sleep tracking skills of its own. Unless you download Pillow, which uses a blend of movement, heart rate and audio-related data to automatically check when you've hit the hay. A great tool to ensure you get a good night's sleep. Free at Apple.com
If you're just doing a couple of lengths after lounging around by the poolside, then Apple's Workout app is more than good enough to track your splashing about. For those with their own pair of goggles and skin-tight swim shorts, MySwimPro is a must-have download. With guided workouts and personalised coaching, it's made for the wannabe Adlingtons and Phelps' of this world. Free (with in-app purchases) at Apple.com
You know the situation. You've traveled to a foreign land in search of adventure, but that thirst for enlightenment has near-on evaporated when confronted with a menu of weird new dishes and a waiter with the tolerance of Roy Keane after he's been stuck in a TV studio with Gary Neville. Enter iTranslate Translator: your wristbound saviour that allows you to dictate phrases and have them converted into your native tongue almost instantly. It's even got an offline mode to help avoid roaming charges. Free at Apple.com
From Evernote to Microsoft's OneNote, there are a litany of note-taking apps that work with Apple Watch and do a great job of things. Why did we opt for Google's Keep for this list? Honestly, it's just the one we use on a daily basis for everything from checking off our evening's shopping list to dictating reminders. Everything you record is saved across all your smart devices and the whole thing is free as well. Jobs a good'un. Free at Apple.com
Still a work in progress since it doesn't offer offline playback for iPhone-free exercise, Spotify’s Apple Watch app remains a useful tool. As it is you get a list of recent albums and playlists to dip back into, and the choice of device where you want to play your music from. So you can switch to a wireless speaker after blasting out half the Fontaines DC record on the train home from work. Free ($13 per month for Premium subscription) at Apple.com