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musicWired’s history of the Apple Watch tells the story of the secret project of Apple’s Kevin Lynch, former CTO at Adobe. What started off as an iPhone with a velcro strap we now know as the Apple Watch, and it’s been a hell of a ride: it’s no secret the Watch represents an entirely new direction for Apple, and even though smart watches have existed for years now, none do as much as the Apple Watch does. No other smart watch has been under closer scrutiny, and here’s hoping, no other has fallen as hard as people are predicting. We’ll soon see.

With pre-orders for the Apple Watch beginning at 5:01pm this Friday, Apple has put up a number of guided tour videos that give us a look at how things will work. With so few on-stage demos and no real hands-on experiences to go off, it’s been hard to see how we’ll actually be using the watch, day-to-day. Here’s hoping we’ll see reviews appear in the next couple of weeks, which should give us more than just Apple marketing.

The Apple Watch has already won a Red Dot “Best of the Best” design award, despite not actually being available for purchase. Curiously, the MB&F HM6 Space Pirate smart watch also received the award, as noted by MacRumors. IFixIt has a teardown of the Apple Watch — but probably not the Apple Watch you’re thinking of pre-ordering this Friday.

Pricing for AppleCare+ for the Apple Watch has been revealed via leaked screenshots, and you’ll be paying US $59 for the Watch Sport, US $79 for the Watch, and a crazy US $999 for the Watch Edition. Like AppleCare+ for the iPhone and iPad, AppleCare+ will also cover accidental damage to your Apple Watch — say, when you try and test the water-resistance of the thing by submerging it in water.

The iPad turned five over the weekend, and Ars Technica has a look back at all nine of Apple’s tablets, beginning with the original iPad. Over at iMore, a roundtable of notable Apple developers, analysts, and members of the media looks at how the iPad has changed personal computing.

Jim Dalrymple’s life has changed ever since the advent of the iPad, and even though he didn’t think much of the iPad mini when it was first released, he’s since changed his stance. Jason Snell also has words about the iPad, telling us what we’ve learned since the launch of the tablet.

Now that people have gotten used to the idea of Force Touch on Mac laptops, rumours saying Force Touch will be coming to the iPhone range are more frequent than ever. AppleInsider says it will bring about one of the most significant changes to the iOS user interface in years (since iOS 7, anyway), with one report claiming Force Touch will possibly be a feature exclusive to the larger-sized successor to the iPhone 6 series.

AppleInsider also details a single-sensor, multi-lens system for an upcoming iPhone. It potentially means the end of separate front-and-rear facing cameras, which currently use two lenses and two lenses — the new system means that light could be directed to a single sensor from multiple apertures.

FireWire may be dead and gone, but Thunderbolt looks like it should stick around for a couple of years. Six Colors tell us how to setup a Thunderbolt network interface for speedy data transfers between machines, just like FireWire used to be capable of.

Adobe’s latest is Slate, an iPad app for creating beautiful stories. It lets you use your own words and images, putting them together in a design that will be sure to impress whoever you’re showing off to. Adobe Slate is free, on the App Store.

Gabe from MacDrifter checks out Synology Cloud Station, asking if it can act as a Dropbox alternative: you can access your files locally via Synology’s Mac app, and the iOS app for accessing your files works pretty well.

9to5Mac wonders if Apple’s streaming music service will mean the end of purchasing music, but judging by the way current streaming services are going (and knowing licensing deals differ between countries and companies), probably not.

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