Apple Watch pre-orders and previews opened on April 10 and the countdown to delivery has begun. On April 24, users will have a chance to own the “most personal device” the company has ever made. At Apple’s Spring Forward launch event, CEO Tim Cook said he already can’t live without it.
Some companies announced apps right away like Citi, but now the wave is rolling on. Here are a few selections that allow users to leverage the functionality of the device predicted to spur tremendous growth in the category.
Tiger Text for the enterprise enables users to securely send and receive messages to anyone within their organization, hands-free—helping them save valuable time. Key features include speech-to-text as an alternative to typing out a message. Users can speak into the watch, and the app will dictate their speech to text—helping them save time when corresponding with others. Automated alerts and notifications from the app can be directly received. Users can view photos, videos and other attachments. Audio can be recorded and listened to using the app. All messages sent and received via the app are fully secure, encrypted and compliant.
Doximity’s online medical network counts over 50% of all U.S. doctors as members. Its new app for Apple Watch provides a HIPAA-secure and handsfree way for doctors to communicate regarding patient care. Doctors can read previews or full messages from other physicians at a glance and dictate responses. For more detailed replies or to add secure medical images, the conversation seamlessly transfers to the iPhone, iPad or Mac. Physicians are notified of new faxes received on their free personal fax number. To view the full fax, they can automatically use Handoff to handle the message on their iPhone. Doctors can also quickly view, accept or dismiss pending invitations to connect with other physicians—as well as see previews of who they may know to expand their network.
Yahoo apps include: Weather App will feature morning updates and evening forecasts through notifications. With a glance, users can find out if it’s a t-shirt or sweater day with Yahoo’s new “feels like” feature, or learn more about the conditions outside by tapping into the app.
With the Sports Fantasy App, users can see what’s going on in their matchups or check on their lineup for injuries with a glance. They can even talk smack with their league using the Apple Watch dictation feature. News Digest brings users in the U.S. the most important story on the hour, every hour so they are always up-to-date. Enjoy new microsummaries, visual atoms such as a map, stock ticker or infographic that bring the story to life, and a brand new speed reading feature to get users in-the-know in seconds.
1Password creates strong, unique passwords for every site, remembers them all for users, and logs them in with a single tap. Log into websites without having to remember any passwords. Fill credit cards and identities without typing. Quickly access most used items using favorites. Search to find what’s needed fast. Everything in the 1Password vault is protected by a Master Password that only the user knows. It also syncs between devices.
Glide for Apple Watch enables video playback on the device. Users can receive video, text and photo messages on their wrists. They can watch inbound videos live as they’re being recorded, or later at their convenience. The app leverages Apple’s “Handoff” feature, which lets users seamlessly switch from watching a video on the Watch to continuing from the exact same spot on the iPhone’s larger screen. Apple Watch users can respond to incoming notifications directly from the Watch. They can easily react to any Glide message by choosing a customizable text, sending a fun emoji or using speech-to-text to dictate their reply. To record a video response, users can launch Glide on their iPhone and send a message with a single tap.
Go Safe Map is drawn from over 200 million walking, biking and driving events over the past 45 years. Go has gathered information from federal, state and local transportation and infrastructure organizations. And now Apple Watch and iPhone owners can see and benefit from this information with a single tap.
First, after users give Go permission, it uses iPhone’s accelerometer, Wi-Fi and GPS to determine if they are walking, running or cycling. Second, the app uses its Safe Index to determine the safest areas based on user activity. For example, if a user is jogging, Go will look for the safest areas to be based on the Safe Index for joggers. Each Apple Watch owner is given a uniquely personal view based on how fast they are moving, their location and even subtle indicators like time of day or weather. Third, Go notifies users of important updates around their saved locations like home, work or school.