Pokémon GO for Apple Watch Now Available on App Store

Niantic has announced Pokémon GO is now available for Apple Watch as expected, enabling players to discover nearby Pokémon and collect items from PokéStops directly from their wrists. The companion app is bundled with the latest update to Pokémon GO for iPhone [Direct Link], version 1.21.2, rolling out on the App Store now.

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Pokémon GO for Apple Watch enables players to log each play session as a Workout, with gameplay counting toward personal Activity rings, receive notifications about nearby Pokémon, view distances toward hatching Pokémon Eggs, receive notifications when Eggs hatch and medals are awarded, and more at a glance.

Pokémon GO cannot be fully played on Apple Watch, as once you encounter a Pokémon, you must catch it from your iPhone. Nevertheless, it should allow players to stare less at their smartphone screens and focus on the real world around them while playing the game, which should dually make catching Pokémon safer.

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Top Rated Comments

truthertech Avatar
71 months ago
How'd I get here first?
Because the trolls are still trying to figure out the negative spin on this positive news. Let's see, "We don't need no more games, where's our Mac Pro updates." "Oh Great Apple, only a week before Christmas, you fools you could have sold more watches if you had it out sooner. " "Steve Jobs never would have let it be released with that shade of red for Mario." "Too late, the Apple Watch is doomed." "Now we know what Jony Ive has been up to for the past year." "Wait until all the fanboys find out it eats their battery life."
Score: 19 Votes (Like | Disagree)
brooksdbrewer Avatar
71 months ago
From early impressions, I don't believe that it will be too much of a battery killer. I set up the app on my Series 2, and what it does is have you start a "Session". Only then does it track all the activity, steps, etc., and using location. At first, it has you ask for location even when not using the app, but changing this in settings to "Only when using app" doesn't break watch function. Pokestops from the watch are pretty great, and you can end the session and it counts for the game, as well as the watch's own activity rings.

Just a heads up if there's anyone in here who actually enjoys playing the game every now and then and has the watch.
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
NoNothing Avatar
71 months ago
From early impressions, I don't believe that it will be too much of a battery killer. I set up the app on my Series 2, and what it does is have you start a "Session". Only then does it track all the activity, steps, etc., and using location. At first, it has you ask for location even when not using the app, but changing this in settings to "Only when using app" doesn't break watch function. Pokestops from the watch are pretty great, and you can end the session and it counts for the game, as well as the watch's own activity rings.

Just a heads up if there's anyone in here who actually enjoys playing the game every now and then and has the watch.
Go go gadget egg hatching!!!
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lol. If you're still playing this (or did in the beginning) you probably need to reevaluate your entire life.
I figure i'm 50 years old, run 15-20 miles/week walk another 25-30 miles/week. I am self employed working 40-50 hours a week doing embedded software engineering for flight avionics at home. I like to play this with the GF and her kid and while on walks.

No need to reevaluate my life, what about yours?
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Xavier Avatar
71 months ago
How'd I get here first?

In before the Pokemon Go hate appears. This is a watch battery killer for sure.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
seanmcbay Avatar
71 months ago
I was waiting for this and will give the game another go (lol) now. The fitness aspect of the game is the best part and I'm glad the watch app stresses that.

After some consideration, I've come up with something negative to say:

The degree of advanced technology required to play this simple mind wasting game is flabbergasting.
The degree of advanced technology required for this mind wasting forum post is flabbergasting.

All this forum is now is flabby old dads complaining about everything. Christ.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Paradoxally Avatar
71 months ago
Steve Jobs would have never allowed this!
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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