Top 8 | Best Apple Watch Apps of 2016

It’s coming up on a year since the Apple Watch was first unleashed on the world, though it might have been significantly less time than that since you first got your hands on one. As promised, a lot has happened since then to reassure Apple fans that this is a piece of technology to stand on its own, rather than simply being tied to and existing as an extension of your iPhone. This is mainly down the the release of Watch OS2, which allows for native apps and brings a whole host of new possibilities to the table. It’s really what Apple should have kicked off with in the beginning, perhaps even delaying the initial release of the Apple Watch until its apps could stand on their own two feet. One of the main criticisms still leveled at Apple’s first wearable product is the lack of apps, but I wouldn’t necessarily subscribe to that. There are plenty of excellent iOS apps out there that support the Watch, with the list growing with each month that passes. But what are the best Apple Watch apps available at the time of writing, as we near the device’s one-year anniversary?

8. Clicker (Free)

Clicker

As will always be the case, there are certain apps out there that are created around a single idea or function, and that only seems amplified with the introduction and development of the Apple Watch. Many apps out there are designed with a single function in mind, though this isn’t always a bad thing. I feel encouraged when coming up with lists like this one to rely on my own tendencies as a user when coming up with a list of the best Apple Watch apps of 2016, for example, and as such I’ll have to throw a few in here that I rely on but that others might not even have heard of. One of these is Clicker, which basically allows you to count things on your Watch – that’s it! You install Clicker on your Watch, then add it as a complication, then tap plus to start counting. It’s a very versatile app that can be used for just about anything, and is the kind of function that might have been included with the device out of the box.  – Download from iTunes

7. Vine (Free)

Vine

For those that aren’t yet in on the looping video craze that is Vine, please do something about remedying this situation. Vine is the latest in a line of social media tools created for those of the attention deficit disorder generation, allowing you to create bitesize looping videos that are a lot like GIFs but also not, if that makes sense. Vine on the Apple Watch also makes a lot more sense to me, for some reason. Perhaps it’s the square screen or the small looping videos: the limited nature of which seem to complement the limited nature of the Apple Watch very well indeed. – Download from iTunes

6. XE Currency (Free)

XEcurrency

This is another of those apps that I rely on quite heavily but I don’t think I’ve ever seen anyone else using! In this day and age, people are used to traveling through time zones on business on a daily basis, and XE Currency is a service that really endears itself to the regular traveler. It’s a must have for anyone who spends a lot of time on the move around the world, and not only quickly converts any currency for you but tracks the changes in the exchange rate over time. It’s one of the more robust options currently available for the Apple Watch, and should be one of your essential downloads. – Download from iTunes

5. Fantastical 2 (Free)

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Fantastical 2 is the most comprehensive calendar app out there at present on the iOS platform, and some of the same functionality is now also available on your wrist through the Apple Watch. The app allows you to check out your day’s appointments, create new ones and a whole lot more. As you might expect, the functionality here is nothing compared to what you can do when accessing Fantastical 2 on your iPhone or iPad, but it’s not designed for your to set up things on the Apple Watch, as such. This can be done on your smartphone and tablet, with your info then always available at a glance on your wrist. – Download from iTunes

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