7 killer apps the Apple Watch should have (but doesn’t)

More Apple Watch apps please. Photo: Apple

More Apple Watch apps please. Photo: Apple

The first wave of Apple Watch are finally here just  in time for Friday’s big release. The Apple Watch App Store went live yesterday with over 3,000 apps that are sure to delight users, as developers try to create the first must-have Apple Watch app.

We rounded up some of our the coolest apps that are ready for your wrist this morning, but we also couldn’t help but notice there were a lot of apps that would be awesome if they were available today.

Here are 7 killer apps Apple Watch should have, but doesn’t:

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Apple Watch spy game brings clever twist to retro format

There's a trick to creating a compelling game on your wrist. Photo: Bossa Games

There’s a trick to creating a compelling game for your wrist. Photo: Bossa Games

From James Bond’s laser Rolex to Maxwell Smart’s shoe phone, spies have always been suckers for wearable tech.

To salute secret agents’ fondness for the latest gadgets, the makers of Spy_Watch crafted their new game for the latest cutting-edge device — the Apple Watch. And, like clever spymasters, there’s a twist: They paired this super-modern smartwatch with a vintage videogame mechanic to make a compelling game suitable for a gadget the size of Dick Tracy’s famous wrist radio.

“The idea is to immerse yourself in the idea that you are a spymaster controlling a spy out on missions,” Vince Farquharson, COO of Spy_Watch developer Bossa Games, told Cult of Mac. “To make it feel like they are a real person and that this is really happening.”

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Apple will walk you through Apple Watch setup virtually

Find out how to work your Apple Watch. Photo: Leander Kahney/Cult of Mac

Find out how to work your Apple Watch. Photo: Leander Kahney/Cult of Mac

Apple has begun sending out emails to customers offering them personal online Apple Watch setup appointments so they can learn more about their new devices.

The sessions with Apple Specialists take the form of the kind of personal setup sessions Apple already offers in brick-and-mortar stores whenever a customer buys a new product.

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The best Apple Watch apps you probably haven’t heard of

What time is it? Time to submit your Watch app. Photo: Apple

Time to download some apps. Photo: Apple

There are already more than 3,000 apps for the Apple Watch, which makes it difficult to find all of the hidden gems. How do you find the best Apple Watch apps?

Luckily, there are plenty of third-party Watch apps that deserve attention, whether they tell you when it’s going to rain or help you get stuff done. Apple is promoting Watch apps heavily in the App Store, and while the big players (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc.) are obvious downloads, we’ve been on the lookout for some of the other apps for the Apple Watch you might not know about.

Here are some of the best Apple Watch apps to trick out your wrist.

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Apple Watch is more waterproof than you might think

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Apple describes the Apple Watch as “splash and water resistant but not waterproof.” However, where is the line between the two crossed?

Further than you might think, according to research from some early Apple Watch owners who were eager to take their new wearable for a dip.

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Amazon for your Apple Watch is here

Amazon for Apple Watch is here. Photo: Techcrunch

Amazon for Apple Watch is here. Photo: Techcrunch

Just in time for launch day, Amazon has released its official Apple Watch app on the iOS App Store.

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How powerful is the Apple Watch’s S1 processor?

The S1 processor inside the Apple Watch is equivalent to an A5. Photo: Apple

The S1 processor inside the Apple Watch is equivalent to an A5. Photo: Apple

If you’re wondering roughly how powerful the Apple Watch’s S1 SoC processor is compared to other ARM chips, the answer appears to be that it’s roughly equivalent to an A5 chip, as seen on the iPhone 4S, iPad 2, first iPad mini, and the Apple TV, at least as far as graphics chutzpah is concerned.

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Apple Watch sensors are capable of measuring blood oxygen

These sensors don't just measure heart rate. Photo: iFixit

These sensors don’t just measure heart rate. Photo: iFixit

It would seem Apple Watch’s heart rate monitor is much more intelligent than Apple is letting on. Not only can it read your pulse, but it’s also capable of measuring blood oxygen — a feature Apple could enable in a future Watch update.

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Awesome iOS Easter egg discovered after two years, hiding in plain sight

Say Apple into Voice Memos and you get its logo. Photo: Mike Rundle

Say “Apple” into Voice Memos and you get its logo. Photo: Mike Rundle

Apple is known for placing its fair share of Easter eggs into iOS and OS X, but this is the coolest one we’ve seen in a while.

You know the new Voice Memos icon Apple introduced in iOS 7 Beta 2? It turns out the icon is designed after the waveform representation of someone saying “Apple.”

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Three new ads remind us that Apple Watch is here

The Watch is here! Photo: Apple

The Watch is here! Photo: Apple

Apple Watches started arriving with customers today, and to mark the occasion Apple has launched three new ads, showing how its long-awaited wearable device can improve your life.

Titled “Us,” “Up,” and “Rise,” the ads stress the Apple Watch’s various functions in a way that doesn’t just appeal to those people who already own a smartwatch, but also makes a strong case for why everyone should have one.

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