Redesigning Overcast's Apple Watch app

A detailed look at how Marco Arment has redesigned his Overcast podcast app for Apple Watch after spending some time with the device:

Trying to match the structure of the iOS app was a mistake. For most types of apps, the Apple Watch today is best thought of not as a platform to port your app to, but a simple remote control or viewport into your iPhone app.

My initial app was easier to conceptualize and learn, and it closely matched the iOS app. But it just wasn’t very good in practice, and wasn’t usually better than taking out my phone.

It will be interesting to see how the initial wave of Apple Watch apps change in the coming days and weeks as developers get to test out their apps on actual Apple Watch hardware in real life.