Quick. Can you name all of Apple’s App Stores? There is the original which now doubles as the iOS App Store for iPhone and iPad. The Mac has its own App Store; somewhat anemic by comparison. Even Apple TV has its own App Store.
Which one is missing? Apps for Apple Watch are available through the iOS App Store and from within the Watch app on the iPhone. That needs to change. Watch needs its own App Store.
Numbers matter. What sells the most? Apple Watch? Or, Apple TV? My educated guesstimate is the former, vs. the latter. The only questions are, When? And, Where?
A standalone Watch App Store for iPhone seems like a no-brainer and likely to show up at June’s WWDC developers conference along with watchOS 6 and iOS 13 (isn’t 13 an unlucky number?).
A Watch App Store for iPhone seems like only half the equation. Why not be able to buy and install Watch apps on Watch itself? If that’s the case then expect additional changes to watchOS 6, too.
What else would be a good fit for Watch?
Books. And Podcasts. You can buy audio books on the iOS App Store and on the Mac, but Watch seems logical, too. Logical? Yes. Practical? No. I don’t think so. I’ve tried to listen to music and Podcasts on Watch and while it works, and sound is better on Watch Series 4 vs. previous models, sounds beyond alerts and notifications seems out of place.
Many Apple watchers expect the Mac’s iTunes app to bite the dust; or, rather, receive a much needed overhaul which segregates Books, Podcasts, et al, from Music and media. If Apple goes the standalone store route, then why not a store for books, including audio books, and, Podcasts, too?
By the time the next versions of Watch, iPhone, and iPad hit the streets with updated watchOS, iOS, and macOS, Apple could have half a dozen Stores. iPhone and iPad. Mac and Watch. Music and Books.