Why a Magnifying Glass May Be Your First Apple Watch Accessory

by James A. Martin on April 17, 2015

in Apple Watch Accessories, Apple Watch Apps, Apple Watch Experience, Apple Watch Problems

In a recent episode of John Gruber’s The Talk Show podcast, he and Wall Street Journal tech reviewer Joanna Stern agreed that third-party Apple Watch apps ‘suck,’ BGR reports. Specifically, here’s what they discussed.

Gruber: Third party apps on the Apple Watch. They suck. They’re really, really slow.

Stern: I actually wouldn’t know if they suck because I’ve never really waited for them to load.

Gruber: Have you ever gotten Uber to load? I got it to load one time and it didn’t do anything… I can’t believe that they published the app. I can’t believe the Uber one got through. Nobody got it to work.

Further, both agreed that the Apple Watch app home screen is sort of a disaster. The icons are so small, you can’t do much except squint at them.

Stern: I kind of took off pretty much all of the apps because I hate the app screen. I hate that screen. I can never accurately touch anything on here. The digital crown is not very useful to me, to be honest. And so I took off most of the apps on here.

Gruber: That’s an interesting complaint and I feel the same way. I feel like it is really hard to tap an individual icon, whether its first party or third party, whether its one of Apple’s or not.

Though my time with a working Apple Watch has thus far been limited to, oh, 15 seconds, I can see their points. One reason I opted for the 42mm watch size was because, as tiny as the app icons are on that model, trying to see them on the 38mm screen is even more challenging.

So heads up: Your first Apple Watch accessory may be a magnifying glass. Better yet: an app like Magnifying Glass With Light (free).

vintage magnifying glass

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Fred Sandsmark April 21, 2015 at 8:43 am

Wouldn’t it be crazy/hilarious if we have to use our phones to look at our watches? (Particularly since one of the goals of the watch is to let us keep our phones in our pockets/purses?)

Based on your report, fewer, better apps may be the best way to get started as the UI issues get worked out.

P.S. I think that GIF will haunt me at night.


James A. Martin April 21, 2015 at 9:33 am

Totally agree Fred. And that GIF is a mini creepshow!


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