Apple Watch SportThe hottest new gadget to hit the technological scene is the hotly anticipated Apple Watch. Competing directly against the array of Android Wear smartwatches that are already on the market, this newest device capitalizes on the much beloved iOS ecosystem and offers a stunning, premium design. And just as you would do with other smartwatches, you can download a number of Apple Watch apps to expand the functionality of your latest wearable too.

It’s important to approach the world of Apple Watch apps with a different kind of mindset than you would when approaching apps for your smartphone or tablet. As useful as browsing social media or playing games may sound, the most effective use of the smartwatch is with apps that provide fast, at-a-glance information with minimal interaction required.

Uber

Request an Uber ride right from your wrist

Request an Uber ride right from your wrist


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Uber has been an incredible game changer in the world of private transportation. Instead of trying to hail down a cab on a busy street, you can call up a ride with an Uber driver with just a simple tap on the wrist. You don’t even need to take out your iPhone, because your location is already recorded. You just need to make sure that you have your credit card attached and you’ll be able to get a ride in over 50 countries around the world.

Citymapper

Find your way home with public transit

Find your way home with public transit


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Would you rather take public transit to get to your destination? When you find yourself on a crowded subway car, it can sometimes be challenging to take out your phone to get the directions you need. The Apple Watch component to Citymapper not only provides you with the route information you need, but it’ll even let you know when you should get off to catch your connection, as well as inform you of any service alerts that could impact your commute.

Nike+ Running

Track your run with Nike's Apple Watch app

Track your run with Nike's Apple Watch app


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This is perhaps one of the better implementations for Apple Watch apps. You don’t need full access to everything that the iPhone apps, nor do you want to be burdened with all of that. The wrist-worn version of the Nike+ Running app gives you the simple, at-a-glance information that you want. You can check on distance traveled, duration run, and your current pace quickly and easily. And just like the full iPhone app, you can keep tabs on your leaderboard and receive cheers too.

Evernote

One of the most invaluable Apple Watch apps

One of the most invaluable Apple Watch apps


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It’s not surprising that one of the best productivity apps for the iPhone can also be accompanied by one of the best Apple Watch apps too. Part of this is for the quick reference to any notes that you would have already saved, but you can also quickly dictate a new note by hitting that big plus button. Reminders can be designated here too.

Invoice2go

Time tracking made easy with geofencing

Time tracking made easy with geofencing


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You have the choice between a lot of different time tracking software when you’re at your computer, but if you’re a mobile professional, tracking your billable hours on the road can be a little more cumbersome. This handy app not only notifies you of payments and lets you send invoices, but it can even track your time based on your physical location. If you’re at the work site, you’re probably working.

Clear

Quick and easy access to your to-do lists

Quick and easy access to your to-do lists


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Yes, it is possible to add a new task to your Clear to-do list from your Apple Watch, but that’s probably not the best use of this smartwatch app. Instead, it’s more about having quick and easy access to your to-do list without having to take out your phone. Just glance and tick off the items as you complete them. Reminders can be set, so you never forget to do those important things too. It’s super clean, simple and ultimately effective, including due dates and times.

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