Apple Inc. debuted new iPhones, the new iPad Pro, Apple Pencil, a revamped Apple TV, and updates on Apple WatchOS 2.0. The web is already filled with news, reactions, reviews and trivia about the event from yesterday. There’s no point boring you with the details all over again. Yet, largely ignored fact is that the Apple Watch now has more than 10,000 apps, and that Watch OS 2.0 will lead to a boom of apps made specifically for Watch.
The new apps that are coming on Watch include a GoPro camera remote app, iTranslate, a health app called Airstrip and Facebook Messenger app. Apple CEO Tim Cook says “Apple Watch is helping our users live a better day”. With the GoPro app, Watch can serve as an external viewfinder for GoPro cameras. iTranslate helps you on foreign trips – it can translate your words into more than 90 languages.
Facebook Messenger Rocks
Facebook Inc. is ready to take over the Apple Watch with the release of its Facebook Messenger for Apple Watch. Facebook is now on the Apple Watch via its Messenger app through which you can send texts, send and receive audio clips, update your status with stickers and share your location.
When Apple Watch was launched originally, it was challenging for users to view their Facebook news feeds on the small screen of the Watch but now, Messenger allows users to interact within the Facebook ecosystem on Apple Watch.
Facebook Messenger already has 700 million monthly active users to make it the second biggest messaging app globally, behind WhatsApp. Bringing Messenger to Apple Watch helps to turn Watch into a messaging device and it builds a fuller experience on the device. Facebook also has something to gain by making a Messenger app for Watch. Getting Messenger on Watch will help Facebook to lock users within its ecosystem by being the default-messaging app.
Apple Watch no longer a niche
When Apple Watch was first launched, users could only fiddle with the device from their iPhones and it seemed to be nothing more than a wearable extension of the iPhone. In fact, it appears that the market was not really impressed with the device due to its limited functions and high price tag. It was not long before analysts started to lower their forecasts on sales numbers and Apple even had to court Best Buy to push Watch sales.
The newer Watch OS 2.0 and the upcoming boom of native Watch apps might be just watch Apple needs to upgrade Apple Watch from being a niche product. Apple now boasts 10,000 apps for Watch, in contrast, Google’s Android Wear has about 4,000 apps, and Samsung’s Gear has about 3,000 apps.