Forward Of WatchOS 2.zero Unveiling, Builders Constructed Almost eleven,500 Apple Watch Apps
Forward of immediately’s Apple occasion, the place it’s anticipated the corporate will formally introduce the subsequent model of Apple Watch’s software program, watchOS 2.zero, amongst different issues, app retailer analytics agency App Annie has launched new knowledge on the standing of the Watch App Retailer at this time. Particularly, the corporate finds that there at the moment are eleven,469 Apple Watch apps reside within the iOS App Retailer. That’s a notable improve from the 6,352 apps it present in June, and the 7,567 current in July.
Whereas a few of these early apps have struggled with easy methods to greatest benefit from the small, wrist-hooked up display (and it’s debatable that not all apps want a Watch counterpart), the proliferation of apps in a comparatively brief time does point out the power of Apple’s developer ecosystem. Builders’ willingness to experiment with new platforms and Apple units as quickly as they develop into out there has allowed this third-celebration ecosystem to bloom and fill with content material for the Apple Watch consumer base to check out.
Considerably surprisingly, App Annie discovered that the class with the most important variety of apps was “Video games,” which appears odd provided that gaming on the wristwatch’s tiny display just isn’t a perfect expertise – particularly when Watch house owners have already got an iPhone of their pocket, as Watch has been a companion gadget, not a standalone piece of hardware.
Following gaming, which included 1,412 Watch apps, the subsequent largest class of apps is “Utilities” (1,243 apps), which appears extra affordable. It is sensible that customers try to customise their Watch with apps that assist them extra shortly get issues finished, or that solely require temporary interactions, as an alternative of forcing them to tug out their telephones to perform the identical duties.
Rounding out the remainder of the record are “Way of life” (863), “Well being and Health” (787), Leisure (769), Journey (762), Productiveness (761), Schooling (659), Finance (617), and Sports activities (454).
It’s fascinating that, at current, the breakdown of Watch apps by class considerably mirrors that of the bigger App Retailer which can also be heavy on gaming.
That’s partially as a result of Apple Watch apps are packaged with the iOS launch, which suggests it’s not too troublesome for a developer to increase their present app or recreation to the watchOS platform. Nevertheless it additionally speaks to the restrictions of the present watchOS platform – it’s as if builders are merely making an attempt what labored earlier than on different iOS units and hoping for a similar outcomes.
However whereas there could also be loads of Watch-enabled gaming or purchasing apps to select from, the apps truly getting used are doubtless extra of a utilitarian nature – pinging you with necessary or pressing info, or permitting you to trace a health or well being aim, for instance.
In different phrases, these apps being constructed don’t essentially mirror what’s getting used, however that’s knowledge that’s not but obtainable.
All that being stated, Apple Watch is simply getting began. With the launch of watchOS 2.zero, builders will have the ability to run apps natively on the system, which will increase efficiency and the velocity with which they will entry sensors. Builders will additionally have the ability to tie their apps and providers into Apple Watch face problems, which might present them with a extra excessive-profile place on Watch screens.
With watchOS 2.zero, we anticipate to see new subcategories of Watch apps emerge which are working to faucet into the gadget’s distinctive function set. For example, App Annie earlier recommended it might permit for apps that permit for physique temperature studying or people who talk by way of the Taptic Engine. The brand new OS will even deliver elevated developer curiosity in constructing for the gadget, as those that have been ready for the platform to mature some earlier than diving in will now start work on their very own Watch apps finally.
It’s anticipated that Apple will announce the launch date for the brand new watchOS 2.zero later at this time at its San Francisco “Hey Siri” occasion.