Apple Watch getting Pokémon Go companion app later this year

Apple Watch getting Pokémon Go companion app later this year

Apple hosted their annual iPhone reveal event, showing off the new iPhone 7 and Apple Watch Series 2, while also unveiling a Pokémon Go companion app for the Apple Watch.

The app has been named Pokémon Go Plus and should not to be confused with the upcoming accessory of the same name that was announced many months ago. Linking up with Pokémon Go on a player’s iPhone the app will let players know what Pokémon are nearby, how long until their next egg hatches, visit and get items from PokéStops, and a variety of other things including detailed fitness-centric information.

One thing players won’t be able to do is capture Pokémon using the Apple Watch app, which is something the Pokémon Go Plus accessory can do provided players have caught the Pokémon before.

The Apple Watch version of Pokémon Go Plus will be out later this year, while the Pokémon Go Plus accessory is set to be released at the end of this month.

A representative from Ninatic Labs was at the event, telling the crowd Pokémon Go has been downloaded over 500 million times since launch and players have walked a collective 4.6 billion kilometers.

Editorial note: It’s hard to not feel like that 4.6 billion kilometer number would probably be bigger if the game could record distance correctly. Anyway, a companion app for Pokémon Go on the Apple Watch is a no brainer, but why not just call it Pokémon Go Radar or something to differentiate it from the physical Pokémon Go Plus?