Apple Watch app concept Instagram

As noted by Fast Company, Digital agency Huge took it upon themselves to imagine what Apple Watch editions of popular apps would look like.

A batch of believable mockups envision apps like Fandango, Foursquare, Google Maps, Chase Bank and more running on the Watch. The authors also offered a few smart suggestions on how such applications might take advantage of the Watch’s unique hardware and software features.

The Instagram concept, shown above, is a no-brainer. Though editing functionality would be out of the question, you should be able to like a photo, swipe through your photo feed, receive alerts and even message your Instagram contacts quite effortlessly.

A more elaborate concept of the Uber app envisions keeping you updated on a car’s location and estimated time of arrival through the Watch’s notifications. “Users will be even more inclined to call an Uber on the watch than on the iPhone,” Hugo posits.

Apple Watch app concept Uber

Then there’s Foursquare, another highly popular mobile app, which could offer simple check-in with a tap, suggestions based on your position and time of day and even voice search for places you might like, returning options based on habits and location. “It will be easy to scroll through recommendations using the digital crown,” the authors speculate.

Apple Watch app concept Foursquare

Last but not least, navigation. The rendering below depicts a Google Maps app for the iPhone with haptic feedback for turn-by-turn directions.

“For example, the Watch might use haptic feedback to buzz only on its left side to signal a left turn, or twice to tell you that your companion has stopped,” reads the article.

Apple Watch app concept Navigation

I urge you to visit the source link at the bottom and check out the remaining mockups of other apps like the Chase banking software, Fandango and The New York Times, as well as fantastic usage cases for iBeacons, personal budgeting and finance, to-do lists, sports scores and fantasy leagues and kitchen assistants.

The article specifically mentions the Taptic Engine and voice commands as being key to the creation of Watch-optimized interfaces. The Taptic Engine, the story reads, will provide “more contextual, customizable, and discernible notifications that would replace those on the iPhone.”

Voice commands, it continues, will make simple tasks even more convenient because it’s “faster and easier to raise your wrist and give a voice command than to pick up your phone, unlock it, and then speak”.

And I couldn’t agree more with the closing sentiment that the smartest companies will do more than offer “facsimiles of their existing apps; they’ll create custom experiences that exploit the Watch’s unique interface”.

This makes perfect sense to me.

Apple Watch send receive messages

If anything, these mockups prove that virtually any popular iPhone app, given the right approach to user experience design, can be easily adapted to and made functional on Apple’s wrist-worn computer — despite its tiny screen and the interface optimized for just brief interactions.

Apple has said that developers will initially be permitted to create apps, Glances and actionable notifications and take advantage of new technologies such as Force Touch, Digital Crown and Taptic Engine.

As we previously explained, rather that run on the Watch itself, third-party apps will actually run as extensions on your iPhone, with only image assets and a compiled storyboard that shows the flow between views being wirelessly beamed to the Watch.

For a more detailed overview of this app-streaming process, check out the video embedded below in which Curt Clifton of Omni Group talks about developing for the Watch with Apple’s WatchKit.

Such cautionary approach to third-party development is the reason Apple is marketing the Watch as a companion device. And because it requires an iPhone to function, the Watch will initially have limited appeal. Setting up the Watch and managing interactions between it and an iPhone will be realized through a companion iPhone app.

App streaming is only a temporary solution as starting later this year, “developers will be able to create fully native apps for Apple Watch,” Apple’s press release states.

We should get detailed information on native Watch apps, and more, at this summer’s WWDC, an annual conference where developers get their first glimpses of Apple’s upcoming platform technologies.

Apple Watch is likely launching in March and will start at $349.

Source: Fast Company via The Loop

  • Please don’t forget an app for the Subway system; specifically Washington DC metrorail.

    • John

      This may not be possible for several reasons.

      1.
      Most metro card-based payment systems work off RFID and not NFC, and as far as I’m aware, neither the iPhone 6/iPhone 6 Plus or the Apple Watch will an RFID chip.

      2.
      Even if they were, we aren’t 100% certain Apple will open the chip up to third-party developers.

      • Could be. The station might have to install one extra NFC turnstile, but the subway turnstile watch swipe has to be the future nonetheless. Its a killer app

      • BozzyB

        Not sure but couldnt a NFC reader read out those RFID tickets? Then it also could communicate with another NFC device. I was able to read out e.g. my passports RFID with my phone’s NFC. I’m sure it could be done perhaps with a little modification from the metro-side.

      • Slawa

        It could. A NFC equipped device can work wirh RFID devices and tags as both, reader and tag.

  • Serge Bodin

    Can an android watch do this? I think not. Droid bots, all your apple hate is not working. The apple watch will clearly succced.

    • BozzyB

      What? Give directions with Google Maps?

    • John

      Huh? I’m also an Apple fanboy, but even I’m confused by this post.

      What can’t their device do?

  • InfinitePlusOne

    Still not getting it

  • Fanboy 

    The only UI feature I don’t like are the 3D smiley faces. They look so 1990.

    • Danny Rios

      It doesnt go well with iOS 8.. since 8 is flatter.. the 3D smileys dont go well with it.

  • Rowan09

    These watches need to be waterproof.

    • Lucus Bendzsa

      they are water resistant

      • White Michael Jackson

        But not water proof

  • Lucus Bendzsa

    Oh please just jailbreak the darn thing

  • SushiChef

    Um.

  • Meh…