'Activity' Companion App for Apple Watch Found Hidden in iOS 8.2

iOS developer Hamza Sood has tweeted a series of screenshots from iOS 8.2 that provide a closer look at the upcoming "Activity" companion app for Apple Watch previewed on the Apple Watch microsite. Activity does not show up on iPhone until an Apple Watch is paired with the device, at which point the app provides a comprehensive overview of your daily activity and workout history.

The main History tab allows you to view your Activity rings on a calendar to track how much walking, standing and exercise you have done, sorted over the course of a day, month or year. A second Achievements tab displays a grid of achievements that are unlocked for reaching personal bests or milestones. The screenshots reveal there are at least a dozen achievements to unlock.

Activity iOS 8.2
Apple is pushing the health and fitness capabilities of Apple Watch as one of three main selling points for the wrist-worn device, the others being communication and timekeeping. The upcoming Activity app is an important feature in that regard, and looks polished in time for the Apple Watch's release next month. Apple will begin taking pre-orders for the Apple Watch on April 10 ahead of an April 24 launch.

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Tag: iOS 8.2
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Top Rated Comments

jacobh101 Avatar
119 months ago
they shoulda made the "Apple Watch" app hidden in iOS as well until you connected to your watch via bluetooth.
Score: 22 Votes (Like | Disagree)
rcalderoni Avatar
119 months ago
Why is the apple watch app icon so ugly and un-appley, they should have just made it be a shot of the homescreen circles of the apple watch face.
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
longofest Avatar
119 months ago
Count again. There's 15 plainly visible on the screenshot, and it looks like another row of 3 is just barely peeking out from behind the tab bar at the bottom of that screenshot, so there's at least 18.

"At least a dozen" still qualifies if the actual number is 15 or 18. :)
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
heeloliver Avatar
119 months ago
influenced by the beats music app? :D could it be any darker? sometimes I don't understand apples UI decisions

The reason the Apple Watch companion app and the Activity app are dark is because the Apple Watch UI is largely dark to blend with the bezel. Thus, the app UI matches (including the font, funny enough)
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
samcraig Avatar
119 months ago
There should be some epic/legendary achievements: like running 1 km every day for 5 years (without skipping out)

The could do it "apple style"

To show your progress - they could have each model of the iPhone and show how it's gotten thinner over time.

Congratulations! You are now the thinnest you've ever been. You are the best you yet! A marvel in human engineering.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
bushido Avatar
119 months ago
influenced by the beats music app? :D could it be any darker? sometimes I don't understand apples UI decisions
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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