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  • Five More of My Favorite Apple Watch Apps Available in the App Store Right Now


    About a week ago, I shared five of my favorite Apple Watch applications that I had been using since I received my Apple Watch in the mail. Due to popular request, we are making a part two of the post where I will be showing you five additional great applications that I use on my Apple Watch on a daily basis; none of them will repeat from our previous post, which included Yahoo! Weather, Shazam, Deliveries, Geocaching, and Amazon.

    This week, we would like to put the spotlight on the following Apple Watch-compatible App Store applications:

    1. MacID



    MacID is a relatively new one that I had personally been anticipating for a very long time. After talking with the developer for a couple of weeks about ETAs and features to come, this was by far one of my most exciting applications for the Apple Watch ever to be released.

    With MacID, you can unlock your Mac by simply tapping on the "Authorize" button that pops up on your Apple Watch after it taps on your wrist while you're in close proximity of your locked Mac. It integrates so seamlessly, and works so well, that it's hard not to recommend it.

    Moreover, the application comes with control for your music, as well as the ability to lock your Mac with a screensaver.

    The developer has done a nice job of providing a beautiful Glance with useful information about your iOS device, and providing a simple way to unlock your Mac without having to type in a lengthy password on your keyboard.

    MacID can be downloaded for $3.99 from this App Store link, and to install it, just go to your Apple Watch application on your iPhone and enable the application on your Apple Watch.



    2. Twitter



    Although I didn't include Twitter in my last post because there were other applications that I used far more often on my Apple Watch, I still do use Twitter often on my Apple Watch. It allows you to quickly view your timeline and trending topics, and thanks to push notification support, you can reply to and even favorite tweets right from the notification itself.

    The only complaint I really have is that you can't see activity, such as people re-tweeting your Tweets, favoriting your Tweets, and more.

    A Glance screen is included so that you can see the most recent Tweet before delving off into your full Twitter timeline, which is pretty nice to have.

    Twitter can be downloaded for free from this App Store link, and to install it, just go to your Apple Watch application on your iPhone and enable the application on your Apple Watch.



    3. Calcbot



    I've also been using Calcbot a lot lately on my Apple Watch and I must say it's a pretty neat experience. After realizing that the Apple Watch didn't come with a native calculator application, I found this shiny gem in the App Store.

    Not only is Calcbot capable of mathematics operations, but it can also be used to convert units of measurement to other units of measurement, and also to figure tips based on the bill and the amount of people being served. It's also smart enough to use order of operations despite being just a small watch application.

    Using the application is easy, although it can be sluggish at times while syncing with the iPhone application. The interface is very nicely-made to Tapbots standards too.

    Calcbot can be downloaded for $3.99 from this App Store link, and to install it, just go to your Apple Watch application on your iPhone and enable the application on your Apple Watch.



    4. Yelp



    Among some of the applications on my Apple Watch that I check frequently is Yelp, which makes it really easy to see what is around you and see reviews from people who have already been there.

    Yelp's Apple Watch experience is very good and lets you see things around you, such as local coffee shops, local bars, hot new places, restaurants, and more. As you look through the results, you will see the overall rating from people that have already rated the location on Yelp and the estimated distance from your current location is also shown.

    You can also look into details further than the initial detail screen, which allows you to read individual reviews and even see where the place is located on a map. The Yelp application is very handy to have on your wrist, especially if you're out and about and traveling in a place that you typically don't go very often.

    Yelp can be downloaded for free from this App Store link, and to install it, just go to your Apple Watch application on your iPhone and enable the application on your Apple Watch.



    5. Dictionary.com



    The final application we're including in this post is Dictionary.com, which has a very nice Apple Watch application that makes it really easy to define words.

    Although Siri is already built into the Apple Watch and can already define words, the Dictionary.com application makes it easier because you don't have to tell Siri to "define" a word; instead, you can just say the word.

    Moreover, Dictionary.com includes little perks, such as the word of the day, a running history of the words that you've defined right on your wrist, and even your favorite words right on your wrist.

    Dictionary.com is well-designed, easy to use, and even includes a Glance that you can use to see the updated word of the day each day right from your wrist.

    Dictionary.com can be downloaded for free from this App Store link, and to install it, just go to your Apple Watch application on your iPhone and enable the application on your Apple Watch.



    If you're enjoying these posts, drop us a line in the comments about your favorite Apple Watch applications. We will continue to keep you updated on great applications from the Apple Watch fairly regularly, so stay tuned!
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Five More of My Favorite Apple Watch Apps Available in the App Store Right Now started by Anthony Bouchard View original post
    Comments 12 Comments
    1. bmwraw8482's Avatar
      bmwraw8482 -
      Since I don't have my watch yet I'm just curious, are the apps similarly priced to regular iPhone apps or do they seem to be pricier?
    1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      Quote Originally Posted by bmwraw8482 View Post
      Since I don't have my watch yet I'm just curious, are the apps similarly priced to regular iPhone apps or do they seem to be pricier?
      If you own an iPhone app, then you already own the Apple Watch app. You don't buy them separately. I hope this helps
    1. novadam's Avatar
      novadam -
      ^ this.

      When you install the app on your iPhone, it automatically installs to your watch at the same time.
    1. djrapmarz's Avatar
      djrapmarz -
      I've had a hard time with 3rd party apps. They are still buggy. My favorite right now is Hue Widget. Fast and better then the Hue App on the watch.
    1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      Quote Originally Posted by djrapmarz View Post
      I've had a hard time with 3rd party apps. They are still buggy. My favorite right now is Hue Widget. Fast and better then the Hue App on the watch.
      I've been experiencing quite a bit of bugginess myself. Maybe Watch OS 1.1 will launch by WWDC with some fixes.
    1. cyberjunkyfreak's Avatar
      cyberjunkyfreak -
      Quote Originally Posted by bmwraw8482 View Post
      Since I don't have my watch yet I'm just curious, are the apps similarly priced to regular iPhone apps or do they seem to be pricier?
      The watch apps are included as part of the iOS apps, so for any iOS app that you already own that has Apple Watch support, you can install those apps on the watch for no additional charge. I don't know of any "Watch" only apps, all the ones thatI've seen so far are iOS apps with Apple Watch included.
    1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      Apple requires the Apple Watch apps to piggyback off of the iPhone apps because they are basically companion apps used to control functions from the iOS app like a remote control. You can't have the Apple Watch without the iPhone, so it would be odd to have an Apple Watch app with no iPhone app.
    1. bmwraw8482's Avatar
      bmwraw8482 -
      So I went in the watch app and just out of curiously tapped on the shazam app icon so it downloaded on my iPhone. Since I already had shazam on my iPhone now I have 2 icons, both slightly different in color. Weird
    1. Simon's Avatar
      Simon -
      Quote Originally Posted by bmwraw8482 View Post
      So I went in the watch app and just out of curiously tapped on the shazam app icon so it downloaded on my iPhone. Since I already had shazam on my iPhone now I have 2 icons, both slightly different in color. Weird
      You sure that just isn't the two versions of Shazam? They have Shazam and Shazam encore in the app store.
    1. bmwraw8482's Avatar
      bmwraw8482 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Simon View Post
      You sure that just isn't the two versions of Shazam? They have Shazam and Shazam encore in the app store.
      Good call. The app's title just says shazam but with a little digging that was the difference.
    1. carlos6438's Avatar
      carlos6438 -
      I had calc bot but settled on just using "Calc Watch" more simplistic and still funtional
    1. SpiderManAPV's Avatar
      SpiderManAPV -
      I think calcbot is on sale. Just picked it up for free.