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Third-party Apple Watch apps now hitting the App Store

Apple has begun the process of rolling out iOS applications with Apple Watch support, ahead of the release of its first wearable device next month.

A MacRumors report points out popular apps like Dark Sky, Evernote and Sky Guide now have updated versions offering built-in versions of Apple Watch apps.

For example, Evernote now offers the ability for users to dictate notes to the watch, receive reminders and see recently created and updated notes.

Dark Sky users will be able to see the app on the Apple Watch face with an interface designed for the smaller screen, while the Sky Guide app will display a calendar of upcoming astronomical events and serve up alerts when the ISS is flying overhead.

Other apps updated on Wednesday include the Things to-do-list app and the Target shopping app.

The early app roll out is likely to be geared towards facilitating a comprehensive experience for Apple Watch reviewers and those heading into Apple Stores to try on the device from April 10.

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Today’s releases are likely to open the floodgates for third-party Apple Watch apps to arrive during the pre-release period.

Apple has already detailed the range of externally developed apps available from launch, including scaled-down versions of Instagram, Twitter, ESPN, American Airlines, MLB At Bat, Trip Advisor, CNN, NPR, eBay, Shazam, Fandango and many, many more.

Amazon is also poised to bring its 1-Click ordering mechanism to an Apple Watch app in the near future.

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