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ASU students launch light-rail app for new Apple Watch

Arizona State University students launched an innovative light-rail transit app on Friday designed for the new Apple Watch.

Students created the free mobile app, On Time PHX, in Cronkite’s New Media Innovation and Entrepreneurship Lab. On Time PHX uses public-transit information from Valley Metro and GPS to provide accurate train arrival times.

Lab director Retha Hill told ASU News her students wanted to create an app that resolved a community need.

“We wanted to do something that went beyond a news notification app,” said Hill. “The students have been doing spectacular work. They are so excited to create an app for the Apple Watch and can’t wait for people to see it.”

Anticipation has been high for the arrival of the Apple Watch.

“There are already 3,500 apps for the Watch,” Apple CEO Tim Cook said at the company’s earning conference call on Monday. “To give you a comparison, when we launched the iPhone, we had about 500 apps that were ready. When we launched iPad, we had about a thousand.”