In a dark and secret lab, apps are being tweaked for the Apple Watch

Report says Facebook, Instagram and Twitter are among the companies preparing Watch apps for launch day

In a dark and secret lab, apps are being tweaked for the Apple Watch

The Apple Watch will be appearing soon it seems, with an event on Monday 9th March almost certainly focussing on its unveiling ahead of an April on-sale date. In the meantime, Apple has allowed partners to work on the apps for the watch at its headquarters.

Social network giant Facebook has been spotted at Apple’s secret labs, along with BMW and United Continental Holdings, says Bloomberg. The secret Apple Watch lab has no internet, no clearance for outside materials and even the app source code created isn’t allowed to leave the premises.

Android Wear killer?

In secret lab, apps are being tweaked for the Apple Watch

Apple has also been busy, apparently, suggesting to developers just what kind of apps would be best: no overfrequent notifications that will drain batteries and annoy wearers. Apple’s suggestion: make apps designed to be used for no more than 10 seconds at a time.

Other challenges include dealing with lag caused by the Bluetooth connection between the watch and iPhones (required to use the watch).

It's really going to be all about the apps ready for the platform at launch. Expect an Apple Watch version of Instagram as well as Twitter and Pinterest apps. Some developers, however, appear to be holding off to see whether the smartwatch ends up the success - or a rare Apple flop.

Analysts are upbeat on the device, with some estimating that Apple could sell up to 30 million Watches in 12 months.

With all the buzz around the product, it will be interesting to see if the Apple Watch will outdo all the current smartwatches already out on the market. Can a locked-in device that works with only one platform do better than all of the Android Wear devices out there? Don't discount the company that somehow made tablets sexy where Microsoft failed.

[Source: Bloomberg]