Opinion: It’s time to rethink early Apple Watch apps, not abandon them

Despite having its own App Store on the iPhone, Apple Watch has had a mixed experience with third-party apps during its first two years on the market. The first round of apps heavily relied on the iPhone to work, then Apple later allowed developers to run apps natively on the Apple Watch. Some high-profile iPhone apps still have outdated Apple Watch versions or no version at all. Now a few big name companies are quietly pulling their existing Apple Watch apps altogether.

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9to5Toys Last Call: Beats Pill+ Speaker $149, Fitbit Blaze $150, Bose SoundTrue II Headphones $80, more

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Review: Logitech’s MK850 Wireless Keyboard and Mouse masters all your devices

Beats Pill+ Portable Wireless Speaker for $149 shipped ($50+ off)

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Fitbit discounts up to 40% off: Blaze $150, Flex 2 $60, Alta HR $130

Bose SoundTrue Around-Ear Headphones II for iOS: $80 (Reg. $99+)

Final Fantasy VI hits its lowest price ever on iOS: $7 (Reg. $15)

Final Fantasy 1-3 for iOS now matching all-time lows, starting at $4

Review: The iLoud Monitor Speakers w/ Bluetooth and a micro footprint

Review: Leather iPhone CARDcase by DODOcase – slim, sleek, and useful

9to5Rewards: Spiderlight Backpacker Kit for DSLR, GoPro and more! [Giveaway]

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PlayStation VR headset now available for $50 off

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Ringke iPhone 7/Plus cases for $4 Prime shipped (Reg. $10)

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KGI: Apple likely to announce ‘home AI’ Siri Speaker at WWDC, positioned as high-end Amazon Echo competitor

KGI’s Ming-Chi Kuo has published an industry report today claiming that Apple will likely announce a Siri Speaker product (branding unknown, Kuo calls it ‘Apple’s first home AI product’) at WWDC in June. The device will compete with the Amazon Echo and go on sale in the second half of the year.

Kuo says Apple’s product will feature ‘excellent’ sound with seven tweeters and a subwoofer, and will be positioned as a more premium product than the Echo … with a higher price tag to match.

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