Apple Watch Apps Are a Disaster I rarely, if ever, use any of the apps on my Apple Watch, and that's supposed to be one of the highlight experiences.

By Todd Haselton

This story originally appeared on TechnoBuffalo


I've been wearing the Apple Watch for just over a month now. There's a lot that I like about the device, and I covered much of that in my review last month. It's well built — perhaps the best built out of any of the smartwatches I've used, even though I have the cheaper Apple Watch Sport model. It's also useful for giving me the weather, allowing me to see how far I've traveled in a given day and, of course, for giving me the time.

But a lot of the apps that have been tweaked to take advantage of the Apple Watch are awful, and I wonder what Apple's policy for quality control is for them. Does it require apps to load within a given amount of time? It doesn't seem like it, because some of them take so long that I just give up, resulting to pick the phone out of my pocket.

Take, for example, my experience with an app that's supposed to let me check when high and low tides are. I want that information for fishing, and I thought it would be really awesome to be able to take a quick glance at my watch to see if it was a good time to pack up my rod and reel or not.

That's not to say the app doesn't work — maybe it does — but I've never waited long enough on the loading screen to find out. The display on my Apple Watch usually goes to sleep first, and I end up walking over to the drawer in my kitchen where I have a paper schedule of the tides. Yes, I've resulted to dead trees over waiting for the dang Apple Watch app to load. (I haven't named the app here, because I'm going to let the developer know about my issues first.)

It isn't the only app I have problems with, though. Uber can be just as bad, and I often pull out my phone to request a car. It's bizarre, because Apple has argued that the whole point of the Apple Watch is to alleviate the need to keep grabbing for your iPhone.

To be fair, some apps are really good, like Foursquare for example, which I've found myself using again after a lengthy hiatus. Yelp is also really well done, and loads almost instantaneously. Apple's proprietary apps, such as Maps, are also pretty snappy. Maybe it's just that smaller developers are rushing out to advertise Apple Watch supportwithout really working to make sure the experience is good for the end user, while others, like Yelp, Starbucks and Foursquare, have larger teams and have had more time to build quality apps.

It's a situation I expect to improve as Apple continues to update the software, but it's one that remains really frustrating to this day. I rarely, if ever, use any of the apps on my Apple Watch, and that's supposed to be one of the highlight experiences.

Wavy Line
Based in New York City, Todd Haselton has written for Ars Technica, Tom's Hardware Guide, LAPTOP Magazine, The Huffington Post, MobileBurn, Computer Shopper and BGR, with a focus in mobile.

Editor's Pick

A Father Decided to Change When He Was in Prison on His Son's Birthday. Now His Nonprofit Helps Formerly Incarcerated Applicants Land 6-Figure Jobs.
A Teen Turned His Roblox Side Hustle Into a Multimillion-Dollar Company — Now He's Working With Karlie Kloss and Elton John
3 Mundane Tasks You Should Automate to Save Your Brain for the Big Stuff
The Next Time Someone Intimidates You, Here's What You Should Do
5 Ways to Manage Your Mental Health and Regulate Your Nervous System for Sustainable Success

Related Topics

Business News

After Being Told They Could Work From Home Forever, Employees Made Major Life Changes. Then, a New CEO Ordered Them Back to the Office.

Farmers Group CEO Raul Vargas is facing backlash for the change, but he says being in the office brings more "collaboration" and "innovation."


5 Ways to Build and Maintain Valuable Relationships With Journalists — and Why It Matters

Building genuine relationships with journalists is essential in today's digital media world.

Business News

Uber Eats Deliveries Are Flooding a Los Angeles Neighborhood — Except No One Knows Who Placed the Orders

Residents of L.A.'s Highland Park neighborhood are once again the target of dozens of unsolicited Uber Eats orders. The "annoying and somewhat disturbing" mystery is gripping the city.

Business News

Hedge Fund Pays NYC Interns $20,000 a Month on Average, Sent to Lavish Palm Beach Kickoff

Citadel is known for its over-the-top parties and company retreats.

Business News

Pete Davidson Says He's 'Figuring It Out' After Buying a $280,000 Boat While 'Very Stoned'

The former "Saturday Night Live" star purchased a used Staten Island Ferry with Colin Jost in January 2022.

Money & Finance

3 Secrets to Streamlining Your Accounts Payable Process

Not all AP automation software is created equal. Leveraging the right AP solution that aligns with your unique vision and available resources will ensure your business grows without compromising its individuality.