'Things' for Apple Watch Puts Task Accomplishment Tools on Your Wrist

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Cultured Code, the company behind popular task management app Things, already announced plans for an Apple Watch app, but as of today, the company is ready to share an in-depth look at how Things for Apple Watch will bring powerful task accomplishment capabilities to Apple's wrist worn device.

As detailed in a post on the Cultured Code's blog, Things for Apple Watch was created to guide people through their daily "Get Things Done" goals, much like Apple's own built-in fitness-based apps help guide people through their daily movement goals.


Things for Apple Watch revolves around a "Today list" that serves as a central place for people to list all of the goals they want to accomplish in any given day. Tasks can be pulled from different to-dos and projects in the Things app and compiled into this daily list, which is what's displayed on the Apple Watch.

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For quick access to the daily task list in Things for Apple Watch, Cultured Code developed a "Glance" view. Swiping up on the Apple Watch's face brings up Glances, and the Things Glance offers a look at progress that's been made on a task list as well as remaining tasks that need to be completed. Like Apple's apps, Things uses a circle to help users visualize their progress -- as tasks are completed, the circle fills up.

A tap on the Things Glance view can be used to open the full Things app, where tasks can be viewed in more detail or marked as completed. Tapping on a task brings up information like due dates, notes, and the project it's in, and from this view, tasks can be postponed until another day.

To add new tasks to a list on the Apple Watch, Things takes advantage of Siri. Tapping on the "+" button within the app will bring up an option to enter a task through dictation, where it can be added to the list of daily to-dos. New tasks can also be added to the Things' Inbox by activating Siri with the Digital Crown.

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Things for Apple Watch is part of the iPhone app, and as such, it's integrated into the Things Cloud that syncs all tasks across all devices with Things installed. Changes or additions to to-dos from the Apple Watch will sync to other Things apps, and vice versa.

Things for iPhone with the accompanying Apple Watch app can be downloaded from the App Store for $9.99. [Direct Link]

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71 months ago
This will be the app I use the most on my Apple watch by far
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71 months ago
I'm wondering, on the cultured code website it says:

"With Siri, you can add new to-dos to Things right from your Apple Watch. Just press and hold the digital crown, or say “Hey Siri, remember to contact Sarah about our trip”. This sends the new to-do to Things’ Inbox where you can process it later."

I'm pretty sure they refer to the feature we already know from iPhone, being able to dictate a Remindee, which is then synced from apples own app to the things inbox right?

It would be SOOOOOO unbelievably awesome if the watch would allow for Siri input like this but directly into specific apps without first having to open them.

Like simply raising your arm, and say "hey Siri, open things and make a new to do 'wash my car' for tomorrow.

Or raise your arm, "hey Siri, please set a timer for potatoes, 5 minutes" then later add another one "set a timer for steak, 6 minutes" and Siri would already know that those timers are to be set in a specific app that focuses on cooking timers with names and a tap alert attached to them...

I sure hope upcoming software versions, or the next watch will allow for such things.
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71 months ago
When the iPhone first enabled native apps, it became clear that there are things that are just better done on a smartphone and others that could only be done on a smartphone.

The success of AppleWatch hangs on finding those apps that are better done on your wrist or that can only be done well on your wrist. Things may be the very first 3rd party app that can convincingly claim to be better on your wrist.

As CulturedCode put it, it's not geared towards Task Management. It's geared towards Task Accomplishment. Having a ToDo list in your pocket isn't very useful for getting things done. Having it on your wrist available at a glance and with a satisfying progress meter is a use case where it is in fact a better app on a watch than on a smartphone.

Things will very likely be my most used app on AppleWatch.
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71 months ago

<rant class="unoriginal">watchrumors.com</rant>


you mean whateverapplehasthatismostpopularrightnow.com ... which is sort of what a rumor site should be
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71 months ago
Splendid!
I absolutely love things and was so looking forward to the watch app.. Looks perfectly executed! Actually looks like the best app I've seen so far, cause you can actually do things with it, not just read content.
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71 months ago
I use things on Mac iPhone and iPad, and I love it. Looking forward to it in apple watch.
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