It’s been an interesting year for Apple Watch apps. In the spring it seemed as if the Watch had lost its sparkle, with many big-name apps either languishing or being pulled from the Watch altogether. The problem wasn’t that Apple Watch apps are a bad idea, though. Far from it, as our selection here demonstrates. It was that sometimes, apps were designed to answer the wrong question: “could we make a Watch app?” but not “should we?”Now, the Apple Watch is onto its fourth generation, and the aptly-named Apple Watch 4 is proving pretty popular - so that's why you're probably here checking out the new apps. In fact, it's one of the best smartwatch options out there, and now we're at the fourth generation it's becoming a particularly accomplished smart option for your wrist.Jump to section- Best apps for fitness and healthBest apps for sleep and musicBest apps for photo and videoBest apps for making life easierBest apps for email and … [Read more...] about The best Apple Watch apps we’ve used in 2018
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The app comes roughly a year and a half after Spotify recruited developer Andrew Chang to develop an official Apple Watch app. He'd already been working on a homebrew app, Spotty, that was going to offer many of the features people were looking for.Spotify has promised that "many exciting things" are coming to the Apple Watch, including the option to listen to your offline music and podcasts. That, in many ways, could be the real coup. While Apple Music still tends to be the best option for offline audio on the smartwatch (in no small part due to its tight integration), that could change if Spotify could provide your gym soundtrack without much fuss. There just isn't much competition on the Apple Watch, and Spotify could provide some real choice for people who'd rather not switch services just to put tunes on their wrists. … [Read more...] about Spotify officially debuts its Apple Watch app
U.S. Edition EditionsAustralia EditionChina EditionIndia EditionSingapore EditionUnited KingdomUnited States Apr 10, 10:30 AM EDT Subscribe BusinessTechnologyWorldNationalMedia & CultureMillennial MoneyOpinionSportsLuxury Technology By Corazon Victorino On 04/02/18 AT 8:29 PM Facebook’s Instagram is rolling out a new update for its Apple Watch app, but it is something that would actually kill the app for the smartwatch. The photo-sharing platform has confirmed that it is eliminating its Apple Watch app and it is subtly putting the blame on Apple. Instagram reached out Monday to French website iPhoneAddict to explain why it decided to abandon its Apple Watch app. In a statement, the company made it appear like Apple was the one who stimulated its shocking move. According to Instagram, its Apple Watch app was built using the watchOS 1 SDK and since Apple obsoleted the software development kit over the weekend, it put an end to its app. … [Read more...] about Why Did Instagram Abandon Apple Watch App?
Instagram garnered the most attention, but there are surely other examples.Apple announced last fall that “Starting April 1, 2018, updates to watchOS 1 apps will no longer be accepted. Updates must be native apps built with the watchOS 2 SDK or later. New watchOS apps should be built with the watchOS 4 SDK or later. iPhoneAddict. “We are committed to providing users with the best experience with their Apple products and we will continue to explore ways to achieve this on all platforms. Users with an Apple Watch will continue to enjoy a great Instagram experience through various rich and varied notifications.” The bad news is that some big-name apps were just getting half-hearted support, such as Google Maps, Amazon, and eBay. …a flourishing ship it outsold all its rivals last quarter. Watch even outperformed Fitbit because customers are looking for more than just exercise trackers. This would seem to be an ideal situation for third-party apps, … [Read more...] about Why Apple Watch apps are dying off in droves
By Roger Fingas Monday, April 02, 2018, 12:34 pm PT (03:34 pm ET) With its latest iOS update, Facebook's Instagram has also killed its native Apple Watch app, once used to showcase the first-generation Watch that launched in 2015. The native Watch app was created using the watchOS 1 SDK, which Apple is no longer supporting as of Apr. 1, Instagram explained in a comment to French site iPhoneAddict. Rather than rebuild it for watchOS 4, Instagram appears to have decided to scrap development entirely. Watch owners will instead have to rely on push notifications, losing the ability to browse feeds from their wrist. The watchOS app should disappear after installing version 39 of Instagram for the iPhone. Instagram's presence on the Watch has always been controversial. The wearable doesn't have any cameras, and its small screen makes it impossible to see photos in much detail. Many developers have abandoned native apps for the Watch, some of the bigger examples being Amazon, eBay, and … [Read more...] about Instagram nixes native Apple Watch app, citing death of watchOS 1 SDK