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5 Apple Watch Apps For Road Warriors

Whether you are traveling for business or leisure, these Apple Watch apps can prove handy from flight takeoff to hotel checkout.
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By now, you've probably seen an Apple Watch or two in the wild. It hasn't been too long since the wearable made its way to 376,000 especially eager customers.

Despite mixed reviews and faulty components, the Watch is proving a popular device among Apple fans and recently earned the status of top smartwatch from Consumer Reports. If you want one you'll have to hop online, and likely wait until June for your Watch to arrive.

I've seen my fair share of Apple Watches, so far mostly in subways and at hotel convention centers. While Apple has yet to demonstrate a must-have use case for the Watch, I think it seems like a pretty handy travel device for consumers and businesspeople alike.

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Traveling -- whether by plane, train, or car -- is detailed and exhausting. There are flights to track, bags to claim, and hotel check-in and checkout times to juggle. It's a lot to manage, especially if you're traveling in a group or switching from plane to plane.

Already there are 3,500 apps ready for download on the Apple Watch, and more than a few that give stressed travelers some welcome relief. The Watch can tell you what time to leave for the airport, check you into your hotel, and recommend a local restaurant for dinner.

While there are plenty of travel apps available on iOS and Android, the Apple Watch lends a certain level of convenience. Is it much more convenient than iPhone? That's up to the wearer, but Apple is banking on the convenience of wrist-worn apps to drive demand for Apple Watch.

Given that it was just released, you could argue that the Watch currently exceeds the budget for many travelers. Even the cheapest $350 Sport model is pricey, and the price further escalates if you don't already have an iPhone. However, the price of all tech drops over time. The iPhone was a small fortune upon its release, but now you can pick up an iPhone 5c at Verizon for $0.99.

Would you use an Apple Watch for travel? What are some of your favorite travel apps you'd like to see translated on the Watch?

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Kelly Sheridan is the Staff Editor at Dark Reading, where she focuses on cybersecurity news and analysis. She is a business technology journalist who previously reported for InformationWeek, where she covered Microsoft, and Insurance & Technology, where she covered financial ... View Full Bio

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Kelly22
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Kelly22,
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5/26/2015 | 11:17:36 AM
Re: Less stress
Exactly. Granted, the apps don't make the Apple Watch a must-have device (still waiting for an app that does that) but they could really boost Watch appeal for people who are always on the move.
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kstaron,
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5/22/2015 | 7:17:19 PM
Less stress
Perhaps the apps can make the iWatch something to get a bit more excited about. If I traveled a lot these apps sound like a good way to help me get to where I'm going with a bit less stress.
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Gigi3,
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5/14/2015 | 3:32:40 AM
Re: Apple watch
" the Watch certainly has perks for frequent travelers, which is why I chose to spotlight a few prominent apps here. In general, I think it's geared towards on-the-go consumers and not specific to travelers. Many of the capabilities that Apple is pushing (fitness tracker, mobile payment, wearable notifications) aren't necessarily travel-specific but still good for daily use."

Kelly22, thanks for the clarification. Since its comes under wearable technology health monitoring is a good use case than travelers.
Gigi3
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Gigi3,
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5/14/2015 | 3:22:59 AM
Re: Apple watch
" other helpful apps for travelers that I'm sure someone would have thought of already include money conversions. And for Americans going just about anywhere else in the world, a conversion of metric to our old-time measurements would be handy to understand just how far something is and if a temperature of 30 is as cold as it sounds to us."

Ariella, thanks and you are right for peoples who are following different metric systems, currencies etc.  My concern is if it has only travelers helping apps, then it can be branded as a device useful only for travelers. Since watch is a part of wearable devices, health monitoring can be a major use case.
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Ariella,
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5/11/2015 | 5:02:25 PM
Re: Apple watch
@Gigi3 other helpful apps for travelers that I'm sure someone would have thought of already include money conversions. And for Americans going just about anywhere else in the world, a conversion of metric to our old-time measurements would be handy to understand just how far something is and if a temperature of 30 is as cold as it sounds to us.
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Kelly22,
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5/11/2015 | 10:39:34 AM
Re: Apple watch
@Gigi the Watch certainly has perks for frequent travelers, which is why I chose to spotlight a few prominent apps here. In general, I think it's geared towards on-the-go consumers and not specific to travelers. Many of the capabilities that Apple is pushing (fitness tracker, mobile payment, wearable notifications) aren't necessarily travel-specific but still good for daily use.
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Gigi3,
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5/11/2015 | 5:49:28 AM
Apple watch
"Already there are 3,500 apps ready for download on the Apple Watch, and more than a few that give stressed travelers some welcome relief. The Watch can tell you what time to leave for the airport, check you into your hotel, and recommend a local restaurant for dinner."

Kelly, while going to Apple watch review; it seems that its best suited for travelers and most of the apps are related to outing and travelling schedules. Is it the watch programmed in such a way to help only for travelers? So far I haven't got my watch and waiting for the next allotment.
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Brian.Dean,
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5/11/2015 | 12:19:22 AM
Navigation
Navigation has always been an important activity, from using the stars to navigate the seas too using an app to navigate the complex city. However, the stars were naturally produced and once a user was able to use the stars to navigate, the rule remained pretty much the same, with apps the problems is that firms need to invest into app creation so that user have a tool at their disposal -- it is good to see that some airline businesses are investing in navigation.
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