Redesigning Overcasts’s Apple Watch App

Marco Arment’s experience creating an Apple Watch app.

I originally designed the Apple Watch app for my podcast player, Overcast, with a scaled-down version of the iPhone app’s structure.

This seemed like a sensible adaptation of my iOS app to the Apple Watch. In practice, it sucked.


It’s unwise and futile to try to shove iPhone interfaces and paradigms into the Apple Watch. Instead, design for what the Watch really is.

Recommended reading for anyone thinking about developing for the Apple Watch.

This is a definite re-read if I create an Apple Watch app for Viand, which I’ll probably do at some point. (via

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