During the Apple’s summer event for developers, they introduced thenext software versionfor the Apple Watch which included a new Breathe app. It is responsible for calming the user’s mind during the day by reminding them to take a moment to focus on breathing. This app, which is another step towards the health industry, is not the only one Apple is planning to release.
According to a report fromBloomberg, Apple is working on new health apps for the Apple Watch that will track and analyze more data. People familiar with the matter who spoke to Bloomberg said there is a sleep-tracking app in the works. There is also an app that measures the time it takes for the heart rate to slow from its peak to the normal resting level. Both of these apps would not require any special hardware and can already work on the Apple Watch.
There is still slightly less than a month until the Apple Watch comes out and apps are already submitting updates to the App Store to support the device. Target was the first, which brings your shopping list created within the iPhone app to your wrist. Several others have followed suit to announce their support as well.
When the Apple Watch was shown off at the “Spring Forward” event on March 9th, Kevin Lynch took us through almost a “day in the life of Apple Watch” to help us see how beneficial the watch would be. He went over a few of the features that were designed by Apple, like using Siri, and a few created by developers.
Here’s everything he showed off:
Important notifications: boarding pass with Passbook, hotel information like Apple Watch room key, confirmation number, check-in/-out time, etc. with Starwood Hotels
Glances: stock market, business information, sports scores, top trending on Twitter, flight information for upcoming trips
Siri: weather, reminders,
Apps: WeChat (reply with text message or stickers), Instagram (view recent photos, more information and like photos), Uber (request car, view car and driver information, reminders), Shazam (song identification and lyrics), Messages (read and reply with dictation as voice or as text, quick replies or emoji), Alarm.com (view house information, unlock front door, garage door, update thermostat, etc.)
Fitness: stand up reminders
Communication: phone calls (answer on watch, reply with message, send to iPhone), communicate with friends (call, send a message, Digital Touch)
Customizations: change watch face with force press
In addition, Kevin said that the Apple Watch can communicate with the iPhone either over Wi-Fi or Bluetooth.
This is just the beginning for the Apple Watch. The possibilities are really endless and the team at Apple is just getting started. With the creative minds of developers, the watch will completely change the way we live.
Ahead of the Apple Watch special event next week, WatchAware has created a website in conjunction with developers to get a feel for how apps will work on the Apple Watch. The website, here, lets you see actual screenshots and limited interactions with the app.
Currently, WatchAware has a total eighteen different applications on the site, like Twitter, Pinterest and Facebook. The sites lets you see how notifications, glances and apps will work. Notifications that appear on the Apple Watch are an extension of notifications on the iPhone. When an app, like Pinterest, sees that you are within range of a recent pin, it will notify your iPhone and then Apple Watch. Glances are read-only app screens that gives out quick and essential information, like flight information in the American Airlines app or the current temperature in your home with the Total Connect Comfort app. There are also some apps on the website that are just apps. They may show you a screenshot or a quick demo video.
If developers would like their Apple Watch app to be displayed on WatchAware’s website, they can email them here.
This website shows off a few of the Apple Watch apps that may be showcased at the event next week. It happens on Monday, March 9th at 10am Pacific or 1pm Eastern.
As expected when the Apple Watch is shown off next week, Apple already has a lineup of apps ready for it. Apple CEO Tim Cook told employees at the flagship store in Berlin, Germany that there will be “a whole ton of announcements coming shortly about all the apps coming” for the watch.
Cook said that some of the top hotels in the worldwill be designing apps for Apple Watch. It will be used like a key fab so customers can get into their rooms with their wearable device instead of a card. Other hotels will give customers the option to bypass the check-in process altogether by just using their specially designed watch apps. Cook said in September 2014 that Starwood Hotels was already in the process of designing their app so we expect this to be one the apps shown off next week.
The CEO went on to say that the Apple Watch will also replace car keys but didn’t specify as to which companies are working on this and when the capability will be ready.
Panera Bread, unsurprisingly, is also working on an app that will allow its customers to pay for their orders through Apple Pay on the Apple Watch.
Apple is also hoping that the smartwatch will work its way into the enterprise market. Salesforce.com, which is a longtime partner of Apple, is developing software for the Apple Watch. They were responsible for creating the first few applications for iPad and iPhone so it’s really no surprise that they are working on the Apple Watch.
Finally, Cook is very excited for the fitness apps that will be available when the Apple Watch launches. He describes them as “really, really fantastic.”
The Apple Watch launch event in next week on March 9th at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and online at apple.com/live.
When the first generation Apple Watch launches in April, Apple is hoping to have several Apple Watch-compatible apps all ready so the watch can be used immediately out of the box. Apple is reportedly asking certain developers to have their iOS apps ready for launch by February 12th according to anonymous sources who have spoken with MacRumors.
Apple may be requesting this from developers for two reasons: testing the Apple Watch and holding a special media event. The company will want to test these apps ahead of the watch’s launch in April to make sure they work without bugs and don’t drain the battery too much. Since the watch is a completely new product and developers don’t have experience with it, Apple will need as much time as possible to ensure the apps their developers have created work efficiently with the watch. Also, Apple may looking to hold a second special media event for the watch where they can have their developers talk about and demonstrate their apps. The Apple Watch will also bring Apple Pay to the iPhone 5, iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c. A media event may be needed in order to show these iPhone users how to use the payment service.
Several people in the Cupertino area have already been spotted using their Apple Watches which shows that Apple is now testing them in a wide, but controlled setting. They have been seen integrating the watch into their daily lives by accessing Maps and viewing notifications.
The CEO of Apple, Tim Cook, announced in their most recent earnings call that the Apple Watch is on schedule to ship in April. The watch will be starting at $349, which likely for the Sport collection.