The first 14 Apple Watch apps you should check out

Without apps, the Apple Watch is nothing more than a glorified timepiece. Here are Apple's included apps, plus a selection of 14 third-party options we think are worth checking out now.

Jason Parker Senior Editor / Reviews - Software
Jason Parker has been at CNET for nearly 15 years. He is the senior editor in charge of iOS software and has become an expert reviewer of the software that runs on each new Apple device. He now spends most of his time covering Apple iOS releases and third-party apps.
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Editors' note: This post has been updated with third-party apps you can get on launch day.

Apple Watch is finally shipping and before the end of the day today, some users will have the wearable in their hands (or on their wrists). Once you have it up and running and paired with an iPhone, one of the first thoughts on your mind will likely be, bring on the the apps! According to CNET's Scott Stein, however, you may want to lower your expectations.

Due to the fact that third-party app makers do not yet have access to the Watch's Software Developers Kit (SDK), some third-party apps are lacking in features. Now, the rumor is that Apple will announce availability of the SDK in June at WWDC, but until then developers won't have access to the Watch's motion sensor, the camera or any of the tech that's actually inside it.

Still, Scott says that out of about the nearly 100 third-party apps he's used over the last few weeks, there are some that are worth trying. Check out the chart and gallery in the third-party apps section at the bottom of the page to get a glimpse of those.

Meanwhile, since Apple does have access to the full capabilities of Apple Watch, its apps are much more polished and useful. Check those out right below.

Apple's included apps

The apps that come with the Apple Watch (pictures)

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There are a number of apps that will come with the Apple Watch that help you connect with your iPhone's core functions like Messages, Maps, Calendar and even Siri. They all run extremely smoothly, as expected.

Apple apps

Activity Three rings show how long you've moved, exercised and stood.
Alarm Manage, edit and label multiple alarms from your wrist.
Calendar See what's next in your day or month. See reminders for meetings and events.
Mail As well as reading email, you can flag it, mark it as read, or delete.
Maps See your current location and get directions with turn-by-turn navigation.
Messages Dictate or record replies and send animated emoji.
Music Control the music on your iPhone without taking it out of your pocket.
Passbook Store your boarding passes, tickets, loyalty cards and more.
Phone Use the microphone to talk, or transfer to your iPhone, or mute.
Photos Keep your favorite photos on your watch for convenient viewing.
Remote Navigate Apple TV and control the iTunes library on your desktop PC or Mac.
Remote Camera Use your Apple Watch as the viewfinder to take a shot from your iPhone.
Settings Enable or disable Airplane mode, Bluetooth and Do Not Disturb.
Siri Say, 'Hey Siri,' then ask a question, just like on your phone.
Stocks See the price of the stocks you watch at a glance.
Stopwatch Track your lap times with digital, analog and hybrid views.
Timer Set a timer for cooking and other things with a visual countdown graphic.
Weather Check the weather where you are or for any location around the world.
Workout Track your workout, your heart rate and more.
World Clock Check the time in different cities around the globe.

Third-party apps worth trying right now

14 third-party Apple Watch apps we like (pictures)

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Third-party apps don't run as smoothly as the Apple-made ones included on the Apple Watch. But there are several that are still useful when you just want a quick glance at the latest information.

Twitter TwitterCheck your feed, post a tweet and reply to tweets.
Starbucks StarbucksUse a QR code to pay with your account from your watch.
1Password AgileBitsKeep your stored account passwords on your watch for easy access.
Citibank CitibankTrack your bank accounts from your watch.
MLB At Bat MLBGet the latest baseball scores and basic stat info to follow the games of your choice.
TV Guide CBSSee trending shows that you can watch tonight.
Evernote EvernoteScan your notes and even add new ones using dictation on your watch.
NYTimes NYTimesSwipe through headlines from your wrist, but you'll need a subscription.
TheConverted Ideon ASQuick access to favorite conversions and perform any conversion simply by talking to your Apple Watch.
TheScore TheScoreIf you want more than baseball, this app will give you the latest updates on your wrist.
Yelp YelpFind the best restaurants and other services around you with only a few taps.
TripAdvisor TripAdvisorPlan and enjoy your perfect trip with over 150 million reviews and opinions by travelers.
Elevate ElevateTry a brain-training program designed to improve focus, speaking abilities and more.
Pandora Pandora MediaFind out the song playing, or give thumbs up to the song you're listening to.

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