Could Apple Watch apps be a home run for MN companies?

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We're still more than a week away from the release of the Apple Watch.

But in an effort to stay ahead of the technological curve, some businesses are already getting their own software for the wearable gadget ready.

The Pioneer Press reports Minnesota companies as big as Target, Mayo Clinic and General Mills – and even lesser-known businesses such as Starkey Hearing Technologies and Space150 – are developing apps for the yet-to-be-released Apple Watch.

What those companies are hoping is that Apple Watch apps explode the same way iPhone and iPad apps did.

In 2014, the App Store generated $10 billion in revenue for app developers, Forbes reported, on 1.4 million available apps.

In the first week of 2015 alone, nearly $500 million in developer revenue was reported by Apple.

Here's the catch though – don't expect a brilliant, fully-functional program from anyone right off the bat.

Or, as Tech Radar put it: "The first wave of Apple Watch apps may suck."

The biggest reasons, according to the site?

One, the apps must be tethered to an iPhone, and can't operate independently on the Apple Watch. Two, the touch screen is very limited right now, only recognizing very basic movements. And three, third-party developers don't have access to all the watch's features that Apple allows itself to have.

All of that, Tech Rader says, adds up to an inflexible device (though that could change if Apple makes some changes).

Anyway, here's a brief look at some of the Minnesota companies' apps, according to the Apple Watch app website.

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