Apple Watch: Essential Apps – Section Four

pcalc

PCalc

It’s astonishing Apple omitted a calculator from Apple Watch (maybe Tim Cook hates Casio), but we’re dead chuffed PCalc exists to heroically come to our rescue. It has a smart interface, with operators and tip calculation just a button tap away (rather than placing these things behind a Force Touch wall). On watchOS 2, everything’s super-responsive, and you can use the Digital Crown to adjust tip amounts. (Generously, the also includes the Apple Watch app.)

$9.99, iTunes

1password

1Password

The 1Password app provides the means to bring across some of your passwords or secure notes to Apple Watch. These are accessed via big, friendly buttons, and you can lock everything behind a four-digit PIN. (If you’re feeling especially paranoid, force-quit the app after use: hold the side button until the power screen appears, then press-hold the button until 1Password closes.) Note that 1Password is free to download, but you’ll need the ‘Pro Features’ IAP for the Apple Watch app.

$9.99, iTunes

just-press-record

Just Press Record

On iPhone, Just Press Record is a very efficient app for making quick recordings: tap the record button, capture some audio, stop the recording, and your audio then syncs to the cloud. With watchOS 2, this all comes to your wrist, and you can record without your iPhone being around. The next time you connect, your recordings are transferred across. Also, more immediate access to the app can happen by way of its Watch complication, a tap launching you straight into a recording.

$2.99, iTunes

instapaper

InstaPaper

The original read-later service, Instapaper might seem an odd bedfellow for Apple Watch. But along with enabling you to manage your article archive, it can live-convert articles to speech. The result’s somewhat strange – like a robot reading bits of the internet to you – but it can be a convenient way to burn through articles when you’re not in a position to hold your iPhone in front of your face.

Free, iTunes

clicker

 

Clicker

Ambition’s all very well, but sometimes it’s the simpler apps that grab hold – and Clicker is certainly very simple. Post launch, you tap to increment a number on the screen. Force Touch and you can subtract or start from scratch. That’s it. Complication support leaves your number front and centre, so you can keep tabs on group numbers, days since an event, or exercise laps – at least up until the maximum supported number (2,147,483,647 – which is a lot of laps).

Free, iTunes

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