Podcast: Beta think twice, it's all right

It’s been a pretty slow news week in the Mac world. (Unless you’re excited about Verizon plunking down $4.4 billion for AOL—yes, that AOL.) New betas are out for Yosemite as well as iOS 8.4, so we discuss how to get an early peek at the next iterations of Apple’s operating systems—and if you’re better off waiting for the final versions.

Glenn wrote a great piece about living with the new single-port 12-inch MacBook, and his quest to find the best adapter mix for the most people. (Don’t worry—you won’t have to try as many as he did!) He’s been leaning on the MacBook a ton, actually, because his other computers have been giving him huge amounts of trouble, so get the popcorn ready for his sad tales of endless troubleshooting.

Since we legally can’t podcast without mentioning the Apple Watch, we also go over Susie’s ranked list of every single built-in app, and discuss how third-party developers are heading back to the drawing board now that they actually have watches, to design interfaces that make better sense. Have any Apple Watch apps rocked your world just yet? Let us know in the comments!

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Podcast: Reviewing the Apple Watch on performance, not potential

Hopefully you aren’t sick of hearing about the Apple Watch just yet, because it’s still top of mind for your faithful podcast crew. Susie’s review went live this week, so she, Glenn, and Caitlin discuss the difficulty in giving a score to something so first-generation, especially since more killer uses for the Apple Watch will emerge over time—and vary widely from user to user. There’s plenty we like about the Apple Watch right now, and a few things that drive us all batty. And of course we’re all looking forward to the third-party watch bands, now that Apple has released guidelines for the companies who want to make them.

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Podcast: Apple Watch is in the house, along with iFixit's CEO

The Apple Watch landed on Susie's wrist on launch day, and while Glenn still waits for his (spoiler: it showed up the day after we recorded this), they discuss the launch, our first impressions, and how Apple tried to underpromise and overdeliver when it came to ship dates. We also revisit our favorite topic of late, Photos for OS X and how it's still giving us trouble. Then Glenn welcomes Kyle Wiens, the founder and CEO of iFixit, to discuss the teardown of the Apple Watch—how does its reparability stack up to other watches?

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Podcast: Everything we love, hate, and love to hate about Photos for OS X

We like Photos, and we want to love Photos, but starting a relationship with any 1.0 software product can have its ups and downs. Glenn and Susie are joined by Jeff Carlson and Joe Kissell to discuss our experiences with Photos. From hidden maps to blown broadband limits, it hasn't been the smoothest of rides so far, but we love the editing features and especially the speed compared to iPhoto. Now Apple just needs to make sharing a little easier to understand, especially for families. (iCloud Photo Library versus iCloud Photo Sharing versus My Photo Stream...little help?)

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Podcast: Apple Watch try-ons, WWDC, and the case of the missing MacBook

After being teased for months with events, slick videos, and the first crop of reviews, the world (well, the world who lives close to an Apple Store, anyway) can finally try on the Apple Watch. Leah Yamshon and Caitlin McGarry join us this week to dish about what it’s like to have $17,000 of wrist candy strapped to your arm, and whether they felt like they had to prove they could even afford the Apple Watch Edition to try it on. (Spoiler: Nope.)

The new MacBook has one big thing in common with the Apple Watch: You can’t buy it at an Apple Store, or at least Susie and Glenn weren’t able to on its supposed launch day. Online orders placed right away on April 10 are starting to arrive at customer’s homes today (April 15), but we think that Apple should have warned us to expect online ordering only. And what’s up with the 4-6 week ship time for USB-C adapters?

WWDC was also announced for June 8 to 12, mere hours before we recorded this week’s podcast. We talk about how it’s one of our favorite times of year, and share our predictions for the big keynote.

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Podcast: It's New Stuff Week, and Apple's servers are about to get a workout

It's New Everything Week at Apple, with preorders beginning Friday for the Apple Watch. (Susie still isn't sure which one to get, but she's narrowed it down to three. OK, four.) Also launching this week is the new MacBook and its tiny USB-C port, which Glenn can't wait to test. Oh, and some movies on the iTunes Store, something about a war in the stars? Could be good.

We also take another chance to point and giggle at CurrentC (QR codes, seriously, those never cease to make us chuckle), and talk about whether the rumored new Apple TV needs 4K, or if our broadband can even handle that.

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Podcast: Join our 'Becoming Steve Jobs' book club

The newest Steve Jobs biography wasn't authorized by Steve Jobs himself, but it does come with the blessing of many of Apple's top brass, and includes plenty of insights from its subject, as he had participated in interviews with coauthor Brent Schlender for years. Glenn and Susie, along with our special guests, Macworld's associate managing editor Leah Yamshon, and frequent contributor Jeff Carlson, discuss what this book taught them about working with Steve, and how he applied the lessons learned from his early failures to his later projects. If Walter Isaacson's official authorized Steve Jobs biography left you cold, Becoming Steve Jobs may be just what you're looking for.

Oh, and we didn't want to completely neglect the news of the week, so we also talk about Apple accepting Android trade-ins, Tim Cook's calling out the state of Indiana, and the relaunch of Tidal, a music service that makes almost no sense to us at all.

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