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Ero:
> It’s pretty clear that despite the significant improvements in WatchOS 3, Apple Watch is not a successful app platform.

I like my Apple Watch, but agreed that apps are useless. It's a watch face with multiple timezones, weather forecast and basic fitness tracking, nothing more.
11:05 pm — Tuesday, 2 May 2017
anonymous:
The price should reflect this.
11:34 pm — Tuesday, 2 May 2017
David X.:
There are a few third-party apps that I do find useful on my phone: Dark sky, An app to unlock my front door, and one to control my thermostat. I think that's it.

However, the vast majority of my active use of the watch is through Apple's own apps and features (Apple Pay, Music, alarms & timers, and remote), plus of course the more passive use of the watch faces, notifications, and activity rings.
1:21 am — Wednesday, 3 May 2017
Sebby:
Good. I've always removed the Amazon watch app (even though I quite like the iPhone app).
7:50 am — Wednesday, 3 May 2017
Sebby:
> There are an awful lot of apps where a Watch app doesn’t make sense. Amazon for one. No one is going to shop on their watch.

I disagree. The watch app *could* have been the ultimate Amazon Dash button. Amazon simply cocked it up and that's why I don't use it.

But yes, you're otherwise quite correct (and the commentariat on here).
7:56 am — Wednesday, 3 May 2017
Biff:
Yep, the places where Apple Watch apps make sense are the places where you can get in, use a logical action, and get out quickly:

* WebMD medication reminders
* Dark Sky forecasts
* Swarm checkins
* Uber/Lyft driver arrival estimates

But doing anything more extensive with your arm raised in front of your face? Nope.
3:06 pm — Wednesday, 3 May 2017
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