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screen-shot-2015-04-07-at-7-39-27-pmReviews of the Apple Watch came out late last night. I haven’t had time to read all of them, but here are the good ones: Gruber’s review over at Daring Fireball should be the first one you read, if you’ve followed Apple up until now. But the other one you might be interested in is from The Verge, who are probably the ones most suited to a review of a smartwatch, whatever that is. The New York Times, Men’s Journal, Bloomberg, and the Wall Street Journal are the other ones I’d be looking at.

I particularly liked 9to5Mac’s summary of the things we’re learning about the Apple Watch based off reviews alone. Smartwatches have been around for a while, sure, but the Apple Watch represents an entirely new way of interacting with a device. It’s different, more personal, but notifications are still just as annoying on your wrist as they are in your pocket.

It isn’t even a Tuesday and we just got a whole bunch of releases from Apple. First up is the release of iOS 8.3, which has been a long time coming. iOS 8.3 brings a whole bunch of changes including serveral new features — wireless CarPlay gets introduced, as does more diverse emoji and redesigned emoji keyboard, password settings for the iTunes Store.

Its partner-in-crime OS X 10.10.3 also gets out the door today, bringing the same diverse emoji. The other headlining feature of OS X 10.10.3 is, which is the successor to both iPhoto and Aperture. Networking and wireless improvements are the order of the day, and you can now grab the update via the Mac App Store.

Speaking of definitive reviews, I’m impressed by the work iMore put into their Photos review. It covers everything you need to know about the iPhoto and Aperture successor, explaining what features like “optimised storage” do, and even going so far as telling you you can use it with multiple libraries.

Packaging for the Apple Watch has ben revealed. Both straps and the box for the Apple Watch are the typical Apple white boxes they’ve been using lately, so there isn’t really that much to see here. On the other hand, shipping dates for a number of Apple Watch models aren’t looking too healthy: presumably Apple Watch stock is going to be insanely limited when pre-orders open at 5:01pm on Friday, so you better be quick.

The new fanless Retina MacBook will come with an option to upgrade the processor to something a little more powerful. The jump from the standard 1.1GHz processor to a 1.3GHz model shouldn’t be that big of a deal, but might make the laptop a little toastier in your lap, perhaps.

The controversial streaming app Popcorn Time is coming to the iOS platform, and the good news is, you won’t even need a jailbreak to install the app. The bad news is, you’ll still be participating in copyright infringement when you watch movies via the app.

MacStories has a review of CleanMyMac 3, an app that clears out the various caches and other temporary files on your Mac. New features in this version include Mail and iTunes cleaning.

9to5Mac kicked the tyres on Lacie’s 4TB Rugged Thunderbolt Drive, and later took it out for a bit of a spin. It’s a hard drive, sure, but it has rubber, right?

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  1. tcn33 says:

    Content aside, the Verge review is damn pretty.

  2. Angus says:… FINALLY!

  3. tcn33 says:

    I am confused. Men’s Journal says:

    It won’t track your sleep.
    This seemed odd, because the Watch’s built-in hardware has everything you need to get a surface-level summary of sleep. It could just be that Apple’s expecting third-party apps to own sleep tracking. But more likely, it’s the Watch’s battery life — what Apple says amounts to about 18 hours, though my charge was my more like 16 throughout the testing. I tried strategically charging my Watch so I could wear the Watch while I slept — and missed out on 80 minutes of movement tracking and notifications to do it — but without a dedicated sleep app, there’s no real benefit.

    But I definitely had the idea it did, and I’m not alone. From BGR:

    There is one catch though, and it applies only if you’re interested in using the Apple Watch to track your sleep. Obviously, that won’t be possible if it’s on a dock charging instead of on your wrist. In this case, you’ll have to charge it during the day while you’re working at your desk, for example, or you’ll need to use a different device to track your sleep.

    Was anything said about sleep one way or another at either of the Watch events?

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