The Apple Watch is still almost a month away from shipping and 15 days away from being available to preview in Apple Stores, but a select few apps selected by Apple to be available for the Apple Watch have started hitting the App Store today. These app updates that add Apple Watch support include Twitter, Things, Target, Dark Sky, and Sky Guide, and many more apps are continuing to roll out with support.
While most developers working on Apple Watch apps ahead of the device’s release next month still cannot submit their Watch-specific updates, Apple has clearly flipped the switch on the select apps being promoted alongside the Apple Watch.
The apps are likely being released publicly now to allow the inevitable Apple Watch reviewers to access third-party Apple Watch apps. These apps will likely also be included with the Apple Store Apple Watches to show customers how familiar third-party apps from their iPhone can work with the new device.
Apple Watch support has been added to a number of existing App Store iPhone apps including:
- Air Canada
- BMW i Remote
- Dark Sky
- ECB Cricket
- Green Kitchen
- Kitchen Stories
- MLB.com At Bat
- Peak – Brain Training
- Procreate Pocket
- Qantas Airways
- Runtastic Six Pack
- Sky Guide
- SPG: Starwood Hotels and Resorts
- The New York Times
- Trivia Crack
- The Wall Street Journal
- Yahoo Tourney Pick’Em
More apps are continuing to roll out now. You can update to or download these versions of each iPhone app now, although obviously the Apple Watch functionality won’t work until your iPhone is paired with the new device.
Closer to the Apple Watch’s actual debut, the now included Apple Watch app on iOS 8.2 for iPhone will feature a dedicated App Store for Apple Watch apps. Earlier this month we showed you the dozens of App Store apps which will support the Apple Watch. Apple also has a microsite dedicated to upcoming Apple Watch apps, many of which are shipping now.
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