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Apple watch try-ons: Delight and accessibility

My son, conspiring with my daughter, pre-ordered an Apple Watch for me on my birthday the night Apple first made them available.

I went for the 42mm Space Gray aluminum Apple Watch Sport with the Black Sport band. I'm not as young as I once was, nor is my eyesight as good, and I wanted the screen size I could more easily see and touch. When it came to additional bands, however, I was less certain about what I wanted. So I booked a try-on appointment at my local Apple Store. I wasn't sure what to expect, but I should have been — it was an amazing experience.

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Why I'm going with the 38mm Apple Watch

The Apple Watch comes in two sizes: 38 and 42mm. I'm going small. Here's why.

Apple's smartwatch is a beautiful piece of hardware, whether you're looking at it in aluminum, steel, or gold. It has some depth to it, like most first-generation products are wont to do, but it carries it off with class — looking more like an original iPhone than a boxy prototype.

And best of all, it's one of few smartwatches to come in different sizes. As someone who had the Moto 360 overflowing atop her wrist, I appreciate that the design team behind the Apple Watch recognizes a key point about watch fittings: They need to be just as comfortable as — if not more than — they are functional.

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NSFW: Apple is doomed without a purple MacBook

I found that I absolutely love empty Apple Stores, and I hope that you do too.

Shut up, you vulgar little tongue cluckers. There is nothing not fabulous about being able to walk into a serene, austere Apple Store and check out the new gear without having to stand in line and feel boxed in.

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Accidental Apple Pay triggers: When iPhone and NFC don't get along

I love Apple Pay, but I wish it wouldn't automatically trigger for every NFC chip everywhere.

On Wednesday, I spent a lovely afternoon with my aunt, uncle, and gentleman friend at Fenway Park in Boston to see the Red Sox. (Unfortunately, they ended a two-game winning streak by losing quite definitively 10-5 to the Nationals, but it made my Montreal-born aunt pretty happy.)

But we came close to not making it through the gates, thanks to an iPhone quirk with NFC and Apple Pay.

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What we're expecting from WWDC 2015

WWDC 2015 is around the corner. What are you expecting?

Apple's Worldwide Developers' Conference, themed "The epicenter of change," will kick off June 8 this year and run a full week, closing on June 12. Here's what iMore's staff is looking forward to seeing from the company's keynote and state of the union when CEO Tim Cook takes the stage Monday morning.

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Playing the waiting game with the new MacBook

Want a new MacBook? Be prepared to wait, because you can't just walk in to an Apple Store and walk out with one.

I can understand why demand has outstripped supply so radically for the Apple Watch: It's a brand new product category for Apple, and they're taking it cautiously. I'm less clear on why that's also the case for the new MacBook.

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The future of WWDC will be streamed live

Not too many years ago it took what felt like months to get the session videos following WWDC. This year, it'll be near-instant.

Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference — WWDC 2015 — is set for June 8 at Moscone West. That means a week of sessions for developers, where Apple engineers give presentations on everything from the latest and greatest new frameworks to the core technologies that enable them. All with the goal of helping everyone make better apps.

Since not all developers can fit it into the physical building or get to every session, Apple provides videos that the developers can watch later and repeatedly. Over the least two years Apple, and its events and worldwide developer relations teams, have done everything they can to get those session videos posted just as fast as they can. This year, however, they're taking not just a step but a leap forward — this year some of the sessions will be streamed live.

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Apple doesn't need $178 billion of cash to change the world

In order to see why Apple doesn't need $178 billion of cash for its business, it is crucial to examine how Apple operates and thinks about products.

Apple has a functional organizational structure, not one based on product groups or some other type of hierarchy. That makes it easy for the company to shift attention to new products as needed. Despite having 46,000 non-retail Apple employees, Apple is a nimble company able to respond to changing market dynamics quickly and efficiently. Apple's strengths include allowing ideas to be born from close collaboration at a very early stage and offering an environment that fosters the nurturing of fragile ideas through the development process. Many larger companies are simply unable to capture this type of "start-up" mentality. For Apple, large scale M&A with a significant capital footprint does not fit too well in such a structure.

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These are the WWDC 2015 wallpapers for iPhone, iPad, and Mac that you've been looking for!

WWDC 2015 is being billed as "the epicenter of change", and there's a lot — or nothing — that we can read from the shapes and colors of the invite.

And as we are wont to do, we went ahead and made a wallpaper based on the design of the invite.

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Over 4 million Mac gamers - but who's playing "real" games?

Steam reports they have over 4 million Mac-using customers. But how many are playing games that aren't mobile shovelware?

Macs still make up a tiny percentage of Steam's customers —less than 3.5 percent, in fact — but it's heartening to talk about Mac gamers in the millions. Still, numbers don't tell the whole story.

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