Best apps to download now for your new Apple Watch

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Best apps for your new Apple Watch
Apps! On your wrist!
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Cult of Mac Year in Review 2018For a long time, third-party apps on the Apple Watch sucked. They were slow, they were limited, and they often just didn’t work. Now, though, things have changed, and the Apple Watch is a fantastic way to get quick information and notifications, as well as controlling remote-controlling iPhone apps. Here are five great Apple Watch apps to get you started with your new Apple Watch.

Pedometer++

Your wrist is the right place for a pedometer app.
Your wrist is the right place for a pedometer app.
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Pedometer has always been about motivating you to walk more. The basic schtick is that the app takes your step data from the iPhone’s motion-co-processor, the low-energy chip that — amongst other things — counts your steps. It then presents the data on a chart.

You can also track streaks, or the number of days in a row you hit your step goal (the default is 10,000 steps, and can be changed). The app also has a great Today widget which shows your step count with a single swipe from the home screen, and displays everything on your wrist via its integrated Apple Watch app.

Price: Free

Download: Pedometer++ from the App Store (iOS)

Overcast

Overcast can even sync podcasts overnight, so you listen without your iPhone.
Overcast can even sync podcasts overnight, so you listen without your iPhone.
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Top podcast-listening app Overcast works with iOS 12’s Siri Shortcuts, so you can control the app with your voice, and without opening up Overcast itself.

Overcast can also transfer up to 20 podcasts to the Apple Watch overnight, while you’re sleeping, and while all devices are connected to power. And when listening to podcasts, you can even use the Apple Watch’s crown to adjust volume.

Price: Free with in-app purchases

Download: Overcast from the App Store (iOS)

Spotify Music

Spotify — on your wrist.
Spotify — on your wrist.

Why is there to say? It’s Spotify, and it’s on your wrist. If you prefer Spotify over Apple Music, then just grab the iPhone app, and you can now play, pause, and skip songs from your Apple Watch. You can also ♡ songs, and see your recently played tracks. It’s not exactly full-featured, but it’s easily enough o get the job done.

Price: Free

Download: Spotify Music from the App Store (iOS)

Why is there to say? It’s Spotify, and it’s on your wrist. If you prefer Spotify over Apple Music, then just grab the iPhone app, and you can now play, pause, and skip songs from your Apple Watch. You can also ♡ songs, and see your recently played tracks. It’s not exactly full-featured, but it’s easily enough o get the job done.

HomeRun for HomeKit

Control everything!
Control everything!
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I know almost nothing about baseball, other than that it is great for supplying all kinds of life metaphors; that you are supposed to think about it when engaged in coitus with someone who’s just too hot. Also, unlike basketball, you don’t have to be super tall to play.

HomeRun has nothing to do with baseball. It’s a great iPhone app that pairs with your Apple Watch, and lets you control your HomeKit-connected devices. You might switch on the popcorn maker to get ready for the game (of baseball), or you may dim the lights a and play some cliched seduction music as a prelude to coitus. It has everything.

Price: $2.99

Download: HomeRun from the App Store (iOS)

Just Press Record

Just press it.
Just press it.
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Just Press Record is a fantastic alternative to Apple’s Voice Memos app. It’s ready to go as soon as you launch in on the iPhone or the iPad, and has a killer Apple Watch app.

You can start recording with a single tap on its complication, or use Siri if you prefer. Volume is adjustable with the Smart Crown, recording length is limited only by available watch storage, and recordings are automatically transferred to your iPhone, and then stored in iCloud. It’s the best voice recorder on iOS.

Price: $4.99

Download: Just Press Record from the App Store (iOS)