The Apple Watch is great right out of the box, but you’ll want to add a few apps to really make it sing. Apple’s wearable is a true marvel, and the Series 6 is the best yet, but you’ll never know just how useful it can be if you don’t expand your horizons a bit.
When we think about the Apple Watch apps we just can’t live without, these are at the top of the list. Some are free, some are not, but every single one is worth your while.
If you’re in one of the supported cities (which include Paris, San Francisco Bay Area, New York and London), Citymapper is a must. It zeroes in on public transport and provides clear, precise instructions on getting from place to place.
You’re informed about times for upcoming buses, trains or trams, and can access an outline of the stops to expect on your journey. Citymapper’s complications can put your ETA and directions right on your watch face.
The best part? It works with LTE, so if you left your phone back at the hotel you won’t have any trouble finding your way around.
The champion of fitness apps has fully embraced GPS tracked running and cycling on Apple Watch. It took a while to get here, but after testing the app out on the road, results are good: distances are nailed onto dedicated running watches and the experience was stable and reliable.
Live pacing is not as strong, and we found that aspect a little sluggish, and sadly there’s no live Segments data. For serious runners and cyclists, though, it’s the best on the App Store. It’s also a standalone app, so don’t be afraid to head out without your iPhone.