Native Apple Watch Apps Hit 1,300

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Thanks to watchOS 2, developers can write native Apple Watch apps, and so far 1,300 are available. watchOS 2 was released in September, and one of the features users and developers had been waiting for ever since Apple Watch started shipping earlier this year was support for third-party apps capable of running natively on the watch instead of tethering to your iPhone.

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Developers rushed to get their Apple Watch native apps ready for September 21, and their numbers have grown to 1,300 in a month. Apple shared that number during its 2015 fourth fiscal quarter earnings report on Tuesday afternoon.

Apple reported US$51.5 billion in revenue with earnings at $11.1 billion. The company sold 48 million iPhones and 5.7 million Macs during the quarter, and CEO Tim Cook said Apple Watch sales were up compared to last quarter and ahead of company expectations. He didn't, however, say just how many Apple Watch units were sold.

Mr. Cook also said more than 13,000 Apple Watch-compatible apps are currently available on the App Store.

Apple Watch isn't bringing in revenue on the same scale as the iPhone, but again without mentioning numbers, Mr. Cook said it was help drive company revenue. To be fair, selling $19 Lightning Cables helps drive revenue, too, but that doesn't mean they add significantly to the company's bottom line.

Still, 1,300 native apps in a month for what still amounts to a niche product is pretty impressive. It'll be interesting to see how many watchOS 2-native apps are available when Apple announces its 2016 first fiscal quarter earnings next year.

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So with 1300 of them, which ones are actually worth me getting? I looked at the list when Apple Watch launched and tried a few but haven’t checked again. I basically just use the built-in apps: calendar, messages, whether.

The ToDo app I have (Appigo ToDo) is too many taps for too little functionality on the watch. I have 1Password but haven’t taken the time to split my vault into a less secure watch one and a more secure one that still requires the full master password. I see no reason to use the Nike+ app over the built-in Workouts app. I don’t forget where my car is, so basically just forget that I even have an app for that.

I’d be interested in hearing what other people actually use. Are we still searching for that “killer feature” on the wrist-top platform?

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