The Apple Watch is scheduled to hit the stores in a month or so, but Apple has already added a slew of freshly updated apps for the wearable in the App Store. The latter is said to have its own exclusive section, along with the so-called Apple Watch support.
The updated apps include those popular social networks such as Twitter and Instagram. Other apps are for airlines, department stores, real estate listings, weather information, games and more.
In reality, most developers working on Apple Watch apps are not ready yet to submit their Watch-specific updates. It should be noted that Apple has invited developers to a "secret lab" where they can test and fine-tune the apps. As reported earlier this month at Tech Times, over 100 developers were invited by Apple to test Apple Watch apps. These include Starwood Hotels, BMW and United Continental Holdings.
Apple must have decided to release the apps publicly ahead of the store shelves debut of the smartwatch so as to allow voluntary Apple Watch reviewers to access the apps and eventually share their experiences.
These are just some of the updated apps that Apple has added to the App store:
Air Canada, AliPay, American Airlines, AMPLIFi Remote, Babbel, BMW i Remote, BoxPop, Citi Mobile Lite, Citymapper, CNN, CommitTo3, Dark Sky, eBay, ECB Cricket, ESPN, Evernote, Expedia, Fandango, Green Kitchen, Honeywell Lyric, Instagram, Invoice2go, Kitchen Stories, Lifesum, Line, Lutron Caseta, Mayo Clinic Synthesis, Mint Personal Finance, MLB.com At Bat, Nike+ Running, NPR One, Open Table, Pacemaker DJ, PayByPhone Parking, PlayKids, Procreate Pocket, Qantas Airways, Redfin, Rules!, Runtastic Six Pack, Salesforce Wave, Shazam, Sky Guide, SPG: Starwood Hotels and Resorts, Strava, Target, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Things, TransitApp, TripAdvisor, Twitter, WeChat and Yahoo Tourney Pick'Em.
Apple will be rolling out more apps to the App Store in preparation for the upcoming Apple Watch. In addition to the dozens of App Store apps that are designed to support the Apple Watch, the company is also launching a microsite that will be solely dedicated to upcoming Watch apps. Most of these apps have already started shipping.