Early in my blogging career, I did a review of a number of metronomes for iPhone, recording the tempos at 60 bpm and 120 bpm, and looking at the recordings on a timeline to see the accuracy of each metronome. For a long time, that was my most popular post, and it was amazing how many developers wrote in asking to be considered as well, or to argue with my findings.
Last year, I took a look at the different metronomes for the Apple Watch, coming to the conclusion that nothing really worked that well, primarily due to the Apple Watch’s reliance on the iPhone. If you have your iPhone, why even wait for an app to load on your watch? Also, developers were not allowed access to the watch sounds or haptic feedback.
Watch OS 2 fixed some of the Apple Watch’s issues, but there is still a long way to go–and a lot of the WWDC news (Apple’s annual developers conference in June) was centered around a coming watchOS 3 redesign that is going to address many of the issues with the Apple Watch.
If you are interested in an Apple Watch–by all means, buy one. Some store was selling an Apple Watch for $45 with the purchase of an iPhone this week. There is no reason to avoid a 1st generation Apple Watch as watchOS 3 will run on the Apple Watch, and we have no idea when we will see a second generation of Apple Watch. Most of us thought that a second watch would have come out in March–and we’re nearly in July.
At any rate, Aron Nelson, the developer of unrealBook (a music PDF reader) tweeted about updates to his apps last week, and mentioned Meter Metronome. I hadn’t noticed his metronome app before, but decided to download it simply because it was a metronome app that also had an Apple Watch app, and I generally try to support developers who have made products that I use and recommend.
Like all Apple Watch apps, it takes a few seconds for the app to load on the watch–which is one of the things that will be addressed by watchOS 3. When an app loads into memory, it takes long enough that you could take out your phone and do things faster with your phone. In the video, Meter Metronome was the last app that I had used, so it loaded instantly. Once open, the app shows the tempo with two little flashing “blocks.” You can set the tempo by tapping the “tap” bar, rotating the crown (a UI element that makes a lot of sense), and if you tap the flashing blocks, the watch uses the haptic feedback to “tap” the tempo on your wrist.
The last element–using haptic feedback–is the new element to me, and why I wanted to share the app on the blog. I am sure that some other metronome must be using this feature on the watch, but when I last looked at watch metronomes, no app had that capability.
The iPhone app is pretty basic, as Aron states in the description: “Sometimes you want something simple and clean.”
My only issue with the app is that it doesn’t pop up in searches on the App Store. My only success in finding the app has been to search by the developer’s name (Aron Nelson). So if you are looking for the app, here is a link: https://geo.itunes.apple.com/us/app/meter-metronome/id924386452?mt=8&at=10l9SE. Aron is a developer from Hawaii who writes apps that he uses himself as a gigging musician. The app is currently $0.99, and if you have an Apple Watch, I think it is worth picking up for the haptic touch feature. Just keep in mind that the Apple Watch experience will be much better soon with watchOS 3.