Apple officially pushed iOS 8.2 firmware on Monday. One of the very controversial update is that the Apple Watch Companion App has been bundled for all iPhones that installed the update.
Before speaking about the different opinions, let’s take a look at how the app looks.
Once you updated your iPhone, you will find the Watch App right appearing on your homescreen. The icon is pretty sleek and cool – a side view of Apple Watch with a black background. Tapping into the App, you will be greeted, and most importantly, allows you to pair the watch with you iPhone. But of course, at this moment, we cannot do anything here as the product is yet shipped.
There are 2 more tabs that you can browse – Explore and App Store. There isn’t much in the Explore tab but a few Apple style promotional videos. The most tempting one is the App Store despite that it has not launched yet. There are increasing teasing from app developers on how their apps are going to work with the Apple Watch. For potential buyers, in future, this will be somewhere they can spend time to shop around.
Jeff Benjamin from iDownloadBlog has done a quality video to showcase this Apple Watch App:
As I mentioned, this App, at the moment, is suffering from a very controversial debate. Here are some samples from some sites that slam hard on this “bloatware”:
People are freaking out over the new undeletable advert Apple forced onto their iPhones Business Insider
As for Nasty Surprise Number two, unfortunately this affects everyone and Apple did it on purpose… Forbes
At least one element of iOS 8.2 is poised to peeve owners of legacy Apple hardware.Tech Times
To me, they are just overreacted.
Obviously, this is a strategy of Apple that has been used for quite a while, and that we should have been very used to. But perviously, the bundled stock apps are service related, like iBooks and Podcasts Apps. They were used to be optional too. This is how they try to influence their customers to use just the services and platforms that Apple offers. That’s a common sense that every company thinks their product and services are the best and every of their customers should be all-in into their ecosystem so they can leverage on it, improve it and make money from it. So it’s completely understandable when Apple directly bakes Watch App into iOS 8.2 – They just want to you buy an Apple Watch.
But, if you want to disregard such, you can put them into a folder, and drag the folder out from your eye sight, like the below. I do agree that these stocks apps take up precious storage space, especially when the buy-in price for Apple device storage is high but the actual market is not. Now some 16GB iPhone users may feel the same with Samsung phone users, who have 40%+ storage space eaten up by bundled apps.
At this point, the list of undeletable apps is getting a bit silly. Weather! Clock! Maps! Notes! Reminders! Stocks! Passbook! Newsstand! iBooks! The settings screen is already messy, Apple — just add one more screen to the pile and give us a way to toggle these things off our homescreens. TechCrunch
There are likely already several stock iOS apps on your iPhone or iPad that you don’t use. If you’re like me, you probably have a folder on the last page of your home screens where they’re all stored. Mine is called “garbage,” and it’s full of apps like Newsstand, Game Center, Tips, iBooks and the stock Mail app. Now, it’s also home to the Apple Watch app. BGR
The best you can do is hide the app in a miscellaneous folderClick Online
However, I think the effect is intuitive, but won’t last as time goes, like previous experience. It will bug you forever if you decided not to get an Apple Watch in your life. But do take a step back, relax and let it be. It is no use for me now so I just put it away. But with that said, maybe one day I will change my mind and it will turn to be super useful.
So, what do you think about the Watch App? Will it tempt you to buy an Apple Watch, by any chance one day?