The first wave of Apple Watches will start arriving this Friday, April 24. You'll need some apps to show off just how cool your brand new smartwatch is, so TMO put together a list of must-have apps to make your daily routine easier while wowing your friends at the same time.
10 must have Apple Watch apps to show off your wrist
1Password (free with in-app purchases) is already indispensable for storing your passwords and important information on your Mac, iPhone, and iPad, and now it's your go-to on Apple Watch, too. You won't use the Apple Watch version to auto-fill logins on websites, but it'll work perfectly for looking up codes you need quickly—like locker combinations and door key codes.
1Password's Apple Watch app gives you quick access to passcode and more
Simple to-do apps let you stay on top of your tasks, but not with the power and flexibility that comes from OmniFocus ($39.99). The Apple Watch app lets you view your upcoming tasks, past tasks, displays notifications so you don't miss deadlines, and use Siri to add new tasks to your Inbox.
Track your tasks on your wrist with OmniFocus
Keeping track of your work time for yourself, your boss, or your clients makes it easy to see where your time is spent and makes billing and budgeting easier, too. That's the idea behind OfficeTime ($7.99). You can run timers for your projects, export reports to Numbers and Excel, and sync between your Mac, iPhone, and iPad—and now you can control project timers from your wrist, too.
Dark Sky ($3.99) gives you quick alerts when it's about to rain or snow where you are, and shows forecasts for upcoming weather changes, too. Now you can get those alerts on Apple Watch so you'll know at a glance if it's time to pull out the umbrella.
Dark Sky lets you know when it's going to rain or snow before you get wet
OpenTable (free) excels at finding places to eat and helping you make reservations on your iPhone, and now that extends to your wrist. The Apple Watch version of the app helps you keep track of your restaurant reservations so you can quickly stay on top of your dinner plans without pulling your iPhone out of your pocket.
Yelp (free) is the go-to app for finding places to eat or shop, and the Apple Watch version brings many of its popular features to the ultra-small screen. You can local restaurants, bars, and coffee shops, plus check business hours and read reviews. Yelp uses Handoff to send you back to your iPhone for features that need a bigger screen, like adding reviews, taking photos, and checking in.
Find the perfect restaurant from your wrist with Yelp
Navigating big cities is so much easier with Citymapper (free) on your iPhone, and now on your Apple Watch, too. The wrist version helps you figure out which public transportation route to take, and how long you'll be waiting for that bus or train to arrive. It also gives you a gentle tap when your stop is coming up so you don't end up at the wrong place.
Find your way around major cities with Citymapper
The Starbucks app (free) is handy for managing your Starbucks cards and for paying without pulling out your wallet. The Apple Watch version lets you pay for drinks, find nearby Starbucks locations, and view rewards stars.
Sometimes getting your iPhone out of your pocket or bag in time to use Shazam (free) to figure out who is singing the song you're listening to just can't happen in time. That's why Shazam added an Apple Watch app to their line up. Now your music discovery is right on your wrist, and everyone will know exactly what you're doing when you hold your wrist near the speaker in the coffee shop.
Apple's Health app tracks your steps just fine, but it's horrible at actually displaying any useful information. RunKeeper (free) is much better because it gives you detailed information about walks, hikes, and runs, plus it shows maps of your routes and helps you set up training routines. The Apple Watch app lets you start and stop your runs or walks, and shows your workout notifications, too.
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