How Apple Watch will change apps forever

The word that sums up Apple Watch and initial apps that will appear on it is ‘limitations’. This isn’t meant negatively. Instead, it’s about focus. Tappable UX head Aaron Humphreys elaborates: “While the tech may be prominent, these devices are limited in terms of functionality, but this makes them beautifully simplistic as a result.” Upcoming Apple Watch apps therefore seem to mostly be concerned with helping you get at information in an accessible, efficient manner.

Apple’s wearable looks set to cause another app revolution. App creators explain why.

The word that sums up Apple Watch and initial apps that will appear on it is ‘limitations’. This isn’t meant negatively. Instead, it’s about focus. Tappable UX head Aaron Humphreys elaborates: “While the tech may be prominent, these devices are limited in terms of functionality, but this makes them beautifully simplistic as a result.” Upcoming Apple Watch apps therefore seem to mostly be concerned with helping you get at information in an accessible, efficient manner.

Humphreys believes this is a refinement more than a redefinition of mobile apps, yet the repercussions could be huge, because of how Apple Watch will be used. “Its intended use is to provide information more unobtrusively than pulling out your iPhone,” says MindNode CEO Markus Müller-Simhofer. “On creating an app, you must ask yourself what is the single most important feature that makes sense on Apple Watch? Only focus on that. Enable the user to spend as little time in your app as necessary, to allow them to get on with more important things.”

This in some ways echoes the iPhone’s launch. Developers clamoured to port existing desktop apps, but rapidly found themselves having to figure out what features made sense on the relatively small iPhone display. “It’s all about condensing things down to what’s truly important – there’s no space for filler,” says developer Gary Riches.

And just as mobile websites and apps impacted on desktop design, he believes the razor-sharp focus required for Apple Watch “is a useful skill to apply to any app”, and the way in which Apple Watch apps are only designed to be used for a few seconds “will go some way to improving overall app and interaction design”.

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