Apple Watch Gets Host of New Apps

New Apple Watch apps like Facebook Messenger will run directly on the device. (PHOTO CREDIT: James Martin/CNET)
New Apple Watch apps like Facebook Messenger will run directly on the device. (PHOTO CREDIT: James Martin/CNET)

Apple Watch’s new operating system has an official release date of September 16. The smartwatch also has a host of new apps to run on it.

The consumer electronics giant on Wednesday showed off apps including Facebook’s Messenger chat app, a GoPro camera remote app and translation tool iTranslate. The new apps will run directly on Apple Watches, a change that takes advantage of updates to the operating system.

Apple said in June that it was changing its WatchKit software, a set of tools enabling developers to create apps for the Apple Watch, to let apps run directly on the device. Previously, all apps had to run through an iPhone, which connects to the watch.

“Apple Watch is helping our users live a better day,” said Apple CEO Tim Cook at a press event in San Francisco.

Getting popular, useful apps on the Apple Watch is crucial for the Cupertino, California, company. When Apple debuted the watch a year ago, it immediately sparked interest in the nascent smartwatch market. But Apple has had limited success as consumers debate whether they need computers on their wrists.

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SOURCE: Cnet, Richard Nieva and Shara Tibken

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