Best Apple Watch Apps Of 2018
Macworld|September 2018

Boost your watch with these fantastic apps.

Michael Simon & Leif Johnson

Apple Watch might have started as a device wholly dependent on your phone, but it’s transformed into one that can function all day on its own. However, just like your iPhone, you won’t get the most out of your Apple Watch until you fill it up with apps. Here are 10 of our favorite paid apps and then 10 free ones.

PAID APPS

1. Outcast

Price: $0.99

Available from: go.macworld.com/otct

Apple is finally providing proper podcast support in watchOS 5, but if you want more than the basics, we recommend giving Outcast a look (and a listen). Designed specifically for the Apple Watch (in fact, the companion iPhone app is merely instructions on how to use the Apple Watch app), its simple, elegant interface lets you stream all of your favorite shows with simple controls, excellent search, and playlist support. It’s one of the few podcast apps that let you do more than merely stream the episode that’s playing on your phone, and even with an official Podcasts app coming from Apple, we think Outcast is worth your buck.

2. Streaks

Price: $4.99

Available from: go.macworld.com/strk

There are lots of apps that will harness the Apple Watch to help you get healthier and more active, but Streaks is rare in that it will encourage you to change your lifestyle too. As its name suggests, Streaks is a to-do app that focuses less on what you do and more on how often you’re doing it. Whether you’re trying to eat better, exercise more, or quit smoking, you’ll be able to track, set, and complete tasks right on your wrist. And when you reach your goals, encouraging notifications will help keep the Streaks alive.

3. Carrot Weather

Price: $4.99

Available from: go.macworld.com/crtw

There are all sorts of weather apps for your Apple Watch, but only Carrot Weather will actually make it fun to check the forecast. Here’s why: At the center of Carrot Weather’s Apple Watch app is a snarky, somewhat sadistic AI companion that tells it like it is.

You’ll get the usual highs and lows, chance of precipitation,a nd a cool condensed full day glance, but you’ll also get an honest appraisal of the day’s weather. Any app will let you know when it’s hot, but only Carrot Weather will tell you to stay indoors because the world is melting. But be warned: It doesn’t like humans. Not one bit.

4. Dark Sky

Price: $3.99

Available from: go.macworld.com/dksk

If a grumpy AI assistant yelling forecasts at you isn’t your thing, Dark Sky Weather might be. Designed to let you know when and where it’s raining, the Dark Sky app will be the first to let you know when you need to find shelter from an impending storm. With a unique interface that tracks any and all precipitation and won’t let you miss it, Dark Sky is way better than asking Siri if you need an umbrella.

5. Rules!

Price: $2.99

Available from: go. macworld.com/ruls

Less a game than a mind workout, Rules is a fantastic brain-teasing time killer that works surprisingly well on the Apple Watch’s tiny screen. Whether you’re in a waiting room or a cafeteria, Rules will keep your mind sharp and your fingers busy. Its simple, yet super challenging, series of puzzle and memory games will keep you coming back again and

6. Things 3

Price: $9.99

Available from: go.macworld.com/thng

Things 3 is one of the best to-do apps within the Apple ecosystem, thanks in part to its simplicity and intuitive user interface. Those great qualities carry over to the Apple Watch. You’ll get much the same interface there that you enjoy on iOS or the Mac, including the option to check off tasks as you complete them, read additional notes with a tap, or add new to-dos and associated deadlines through dictation. There’s even a nifty completion wheel that’s reminiscent of the Apple Watch’s activity rings to help give you extra motivation for getting all the stuff done you need to get done.

7. Fantastical 2

Price: $4.99

Available from: go.macworld.com/fan2

The Apple Watch’s Calendar does a fine  job of keeping up with your appointments and reminders. But maybe you want an app that takes what Calendar can do one step further. If so, then look to Fantastical 2.

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