The Apple Watch may not have hit Apple retail store shelves Friday, as had originally been thought, with the company scrambling to fill and ship pre-orders. But they are beginning to arrive for many of the Apple faithful who placed those early orders, as well in fashion boutiques from Tokyo to London to L.A.
And Apple has opened the Apple Watch App Store, with about 3,000 apps ready to go for its wearable-tech accessory.
A list of recommended apps that Apple rolled out includes several designed to help with your personal finances — from keeping track of your monthly budget to making sure you didn’t leave an electricity-sucking light on at home.
Some money-related apps, like Target, Citi Mobile and Apple’s own Apple Pay, are brand-specific. But others can be used by most anyone, whether you’re a small business owner or just someone who’d rather not have to pay a bunch of parking tickets.
Here’s a look at five of them you may want to consider if you have a new Apple Watch, or have one on the way:
1. Mint Personal Finance
The watch version of the popular monthly budgeting app lets you view your monthly spending goals and monitor your progress toward them.
You can choose to get weekly notifications as well — another way to get a reminder about how you’re doing on the spending front.
Mint also lets you get reminders when bills are due, keeps track of your bank account and credit card balances and provides other tips and tools on your finances.
2. PayByPhone Parking
Never get a parking ticket again? That’s what this one promises.
Like PayByPhone’s app for smartphones, you can use it to pay electronic parking meters and receive reminders when your time on the meter is almost up.
But on Apple Watch, you can use the Glances feature to keep a constant eye on how much time you have left. If you’re not ready to move along, you can simply add more time to the meter right from your watch.
3. Lutron Caseta
Hooray for the Internet of Things! Lutron Caseta lets you control the lights in your home, no matter where you are.
Sure, sometimes that means you’re just too lazy to get off of the sofa when you want to dim the room for movie time. And you can remotely turn lights on and off when you’re away to up your security game.
But for our purposes here, the handy feature is one that could help with your electrical bill. It sends you a notification when you’ve left the house with the lights on and gives you the option to turn them off.
Invoice2Go is designed to help small business folks create, send and keep track of invoices. The app for Watch takes it a step further. Using what’s called geo-fencing, the app records the time you arrive at a job site and the time you leave, making it easier to track on-the-job hours.
Users may then adjust those hours, send electronic invoices and receive notifications when they get paid on their Apple Watch
5. Salesforce Wave
Speaking of small business owners, this app lets you access the world’s most popular customer relationship management app, getting real-time analytics right on your wrist.
It lets you pull together data like financials, product usage and sales opportunities and display them on the watch.
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