These Are The Best Apps For Your New Apple Watch

photographed by Rachel Gibbons.
The Apple Watch Series 4 stole the show at September's Apple event in Cupertino. With its new display size, beautiful watch faces, improved microphone, and full-day charge capability — it's set to be a hit.
While it definitely comes with great built-in fixin's — like Calendar, Maps, and a cool new Walkie-Talkie feature — what's the fun of wearing an Apple Watch without tricking it out a little bit? Whether you're into meditating, working out, or are in desperate need of a pocket-sized organization tool, there are third-party Apple Watch apps you can download in the App Store for just about anything. Ahead, check out our favorites.
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Dark Sky Weather

Whether you're on the weather app bandwagon or not, Dark Sky is a great Apple Watch app that provides down-to-the-minute forecasting on a beautiful interface with radar animation. You can check your notification center at a glance for the next hour's weather report or for the week ahead without having to unlock your watch.

Price: $3.99
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Strava

While Apple's built-in Activity app might be sufficient for some users, if you're looking for a more heavy-duty exercise watch app, Strava is a good option. It's for swimming, running, cycling, and more, and comes with extensive trail routes and maps, plus a social aspect that allows you to compete and share with other users on the app.

Price: Free with in-app purchases
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Headspace

Headspace is an easy-to-follow and accessible app for meditation newbies. It comes with hundreds of guided meditations, including super short ones for when you're on the go, and, importantly, also has the cutest graphics ever.

Price: $7.99/month for a year, $12.99/month, or $399.99 for a lifetime subscription
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Grocery - Smart Grocery List

If you're one of those people who always forgets your grocery list the second you walk into Trader Joe's, this one's for you. The app keeps track of what you need, syncs up with Reminders so you can easily share your list, and is Siri-enabled, which means all you have to do is tell Siri to add bread to your list, and it's there. It's also a smart list, which means it learns each time you make a list and then sorts your items for next time based on the order in which you checked off the items the time before.

Price: Free
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Things 3

Dump all the thoughts and to-dos swirling around in your brain into this handy little pocket-sized task manager for quick organization. You can file tasks into different projects to add structure, plus import to-dos from other apps. And you can streamline everything into one simple "Today" list to make the rest of the noise go away when you just want to focus on the day at hand.

Price: $9.99
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App In The Air

Air travel is almost always super stressful, and while this app can't fix that entirely, it definitely streamlines the flying process: It keeps you posted on your flight status and security wait times, sends you reminders, provides tips from other travelers, and tells you where your baggage claim is.

Price: Free with in-app purchases for premium features
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Pillow Automatic Sleep Tracker

If you're looking to learn more about your quality of sleep, Pillow analyzes your sleep cycles, records sleep events like snoring and sleep apnea, and gives daily morning reports. It also has a smart feature that can wake you up at your lightest possible sleep stage and tell you your optimal bedtime based on your personal sleep history. Plus, it comes with specialized sleep aid and wake up sounds.

Price: Free with in-app purchases
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