If you’re like me, you’re a little hooked on knowing what’s going on in the world. I’ve been on nights out and still slightly drunkenly gazed at the TV in the bar because I’ve wanted to see what the breaking news was. Yeah, I know. It turns out that the Apple Watch might be the ideal device for news hounds such as me. While it’s yet to provide a perfect news reading experience, there are a few great ways of gaining some insight on your wrist.
Two of the most obvious solutions are via major newspapers - those being the New York Times and the Washington Post. In both cases you can easily check out the latest news stories by scrolling up or down on your Apple Watch.
They each offer plenty of text, and they're in large print so you don’t have to worry about squinting at your wrist. There are pictures too, although the New York Times seems to be scrimping on these a little more than the Washington Post. Where the New York Times has the edge is with its ability to offer handoffs - meaning you can easily switch from your wrist to your iPhone and catch up exactly where you left the story.
CNN also offers a pretty useful Apple Watch compatible app, with it appealing to my entertainment loving side. Rather than just focusing on the big news of the day you can view subjects such as health, technology, and that all-important (to my shallow side) category: entertainment. There’s the usual mix of photos and text, too.
For an app that isn’t affiliated with a major corporation, I was pretty happy with News360. It’s a news aggregation app, meaning you get lots of news from very varied sources. Some of them are a little out there and won’t always be relevant to your interests, but you’re certainly not going to be short of options. Colorful pictures, as well as all the relevant text, means it looks pretty neat on your wrist, too. I found it ideal for when I was waiting around for something and just wanted to dip into something new.
As always, it’s early days for the Apple Watch but I’m pretty pleased with the news options so far. They save me from having to get my iPhone out of my pocket or bag, and I found myself more inclined to check in on what’s going on. An easier way to garner knowledge has always got to be a good thing, right?