Ap­ple Watch Apps


iPhone Life Magazine - - Contents - BY ANJERIKA WILMER

So you took the ini­tia­tive to in­vest in an Ap­ple Watch. Now what? As it turns out, there's more to your fancy high-tech gad­get than track­ing your per­sonal fit­ness and keep­ing the time. While us­ing your Ap­ple Watch to mon­i­tor your daily fist-pump­ing work­out ses­sions is just fine and dandy, you may be sur­prised to learn there's a whole slew of mul­ti­task­ing apps avail­able to you as well. As an Ap­ple Watch owner who's con­stantly on the go, I've found these six pro­duc­tiv­ity apps to be the best at keep­ing you on task, no mat­ter where you find your­self.

Streaks ($3.99) Meet Streaks, the app de­voted to track­ing your goals and help­ing you form good habits. You can track up to six tasks per day and check on them from your wrist. Sim­ply se­lect from the ap­pli­ca­tion's pre­set tasks, such as “walk the dog” or “do your home­work,” or start from scratch with your own cus­tom­ized goals. This highly in­tu­itive app even al­lows you to choose the colors of your tasks, set com­pli­ca­tions for your watch face, and as­sign icons straight from your iPhone. Best of all, it pairs with your iPhone's Health app to au­to­mat­i­cally track your steps and mea­sure your heart rate.

Ci­tymap­per (Free) The next time you find your­self lost in a ma­jor metropoli­tan area, al­low Ci­tymap­per to come to the res­cue. This tran­sit app's goal is to make city travel as easy as pos­si­ble by pre­sent­ing you with a bevy of trans­porta­tion options to get to your des­ti­na­tion (e.g. bus, bi­cy­cle, sub­way, Uber, or by foot) as well as the es­ti­mated cost and time of ar­rival. The rainy date routes are guar­an­teed to come in handy, too! Pro tip: Be sure to pro­gram your home and work lo­ca­tions ahead of time on your iPhone so they'll be avail­able on your Ap­ple Watch when you need them.

Breathe (Free) Tak­ing a mo­ment to stop and breathe dur­ing a hec­tic work­day can do won­ders for man­ag­ing stress. Ap­ple's built-in Breathe app for the Ap­ple Watch guides you through one-minute breath­ing ex­er­cises through­out the day that are de­signed to help you re­lax. Each ses­sion con­sists of a series of guided deep breaths, which you can use as a med­i­ta­tion tool or a sim­ple method of re­lax­ation. The calm­ing graphic, ap­pear­ing in the form of a series of cir­cles, ex­pands in a flow­er­ing mo­tion as you breathe in and con­tracts into a point as you breathe out. Upon fin­ish­ing a breath­ing cy­cle, you'll be pre­sented with your heart rate as feed­back.

Trello (Free) Tackle your next big project with Trello, an app de­signed to help you or­ga­nize your thoughts with project boards and per­sonal dead­lines. Us­ing your iPad or iPhone, gather all of your ob­ser­va­tions, images, and notes into boards and note­cards that you can col­lab­o­rate on with col­leagues from any­where. From there, you can keep an eye on your dead­lines and cre­ate new en­tries right from your Ap­ple Watch. The ap­pli­ca­tion's aes­thet­i­cally pleas­ing in­ter­face teamed with voice recog­ni­tion for eas­ily record­ing tasks will make plan­ning all the nitty-gritty de­tails of your most com­plex projects a cinch.

Ever­note (Free) Ever­note is con­sid­ered by many to be one of the best pro­duc­tiv­ity apps on the mar­ket, and now with its app for the Ap­ple Watch, you can stream­line projects like never be­fore—es­pe­cially if you're al­ready an ex­ist­ing Ever­note user. The Ap­ple Watch app's au­dio notes func­tion makes walk­ing and talk­ing a breeze as you dic­tate quick notes and ob­ser­va­tions while you're out and about. You can also pull up and read past notes at your own con­ve­nience by tap­ping Search and scrolling through a list of re­cent en­tries or by us­ing voice com­mand.

Find Near Me (Free) Find Near Me will help you lo­cate any­thing within a fivemile ra­dius of you, be it a restau­rant, an ATM ma­chine, or even a zoo. The app works al­most seam­lessly on the Ap­ple Watch. Sim­ply scroll through the cat­e­gories (e.g. cof­fee shop, gym, sub­way) and tap to view a sum­mary of re­sults with ap­prox­i­mate dis­tances. There's no need to type in any zip codes or city names, as the app in­stantly picks up on your cur­rent lo­ca­tion. Walk­ing, driv­ing, or bik­ing di­rec­tions are ac­com­pa­nied by a handy map and user re­views are in­cluded when avail­able.

Anjerika Wilmer is a full-time grad­u­ate stu­dent and free­lance writer who fan­cies all things dig­i­tal. Though a tried-and-true fash­ion girl, she counts art his­tory, ar­chi­tec­ture, and good de­sign as con­stant sources of in­spi­ra­tion.

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