Whether or not consumers flock to the Apple Watch will largely depend on what the smartwatch can actually do — and much of that will depend on third-party Apple Watch apps.
One of the most interesting of these Apple Watch apps yet is InterContinental Hotels Group’s IHG Translator App. The app, which is already out for iOS and Android devices, will allow travelers to speak English directly into the Apple Watch (or choose pre-selected phrases) for translation into 13 different languages. The app will be out on the day of the Apple Watch’s release, IHG says.
Translations will appear on the device’s screen with the help of phonetic spelling. However, the app’s voice-to-voice translation feature—available on mobile devices—won’t be available on Apple Watch yet.
The Apple Watch will be released on April 24.