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Apple Byte: Do you really want an iWatch?
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Apple Byte: Do you really want an iWatch?

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It's an "Ask Brian Anything" email episode where we talk Macs, what he really thinks about the iWatch, Final Cut X, and the animal he resembles.

[MUSIC] Aloha, what's up everybody, Brian Tong here but I'm actually not here, it's called the magic of video, recording it and then seeing it at a later time. Alright, now I'm gone, making sure I am tan all over my body but this is the show where I answer your deep burning questions that you, the AppleByters have. So, let's get into some real questions first, a lot of you asked this one from Joseph Hall. He asked. Since we will probably not see Broadwell chips inside of Macs this fall, will Apple still release updated Macs? Well, they will absolutely release some form of speed update, but nothing major from what we can tell, and depending on how badly you need a new computer, it might be worth waiting, but not if you're looking for a new computer for school. Now, the major benefits of Broadwell are going to be its power efficiency, and getting a whole lot more battery life. It also incorporates a graphics processor alongside the CPU so earlier ports expect a 40% boost in graphics performance and it's truly going to be a next gen processor. Okay, Cole F asked, what's your full opinion on the rumored iWatch? Now I've said it, over and over, that the idea of a smart watch doesn't impress me at all. And Apple's really gonna have to wow me to even buy one for myself. Now, will I get one to review and test it? Yes, but I still don't see the major benefits. If it's health stat tracking, most people stop caring after a month with those fitness bands. I did. I work out and it wanted to know how many steps you roughly take and calories burned. You just don't care anymore. Now I also don't want a big screen on my wrist that's constantly buzzing and alerting me about emails and text messages. And the most important thing people aren't really talking about? They have to make it look like a real stylish watch. I like a watch that doesn't look like everyone else's and they could possibly partner with major watch brands to build some sort of a shell or casing that's compatible. That might get me interested but. A watch is a fashion plate before function and Apple's gonna have to get both of those right for me to really care. All right, Megan Swiatkowski tweets in with, is Apple going to do anything to improve Final Cut X? And do you like dogs? Well, if you're hoping Final Cut really goes back to its original interface? We aren't going to see that? It has its benefits, like real time rendering, and it can actually be faster once you learn how to use it. But even within our own production team we're debating the next move to either go for X or jump over to Adobe Premiere and right now more of us are leaning towards the Premiere camp but we haven't made a final decision yet. And yes, I'm a dog guy and Micro was one of my best friends ever. All right, Terrence McKelvey says. How did you get started in your career at CNET, and what was your second choice? Well, this is a long, long story, but I went to school for broadcast journalism at the esteemed San Jose State University. I did some internships and hosted TV shows. Directly then sent my demo reel to the head of CNET TV and, you know what the rest is history but. Those are just the highlights from a journey that really spanned over ten plus years before I could walk thru these doors and call CNET my home. Now my second choice, male dancer, I'm pretty good. [MUSIC] All right, from Twitter, Billy Provonost asks, can I be your intern? sure, Billy, but it didn't work out so well for my last one. I feel like I can contribute so much [CROSSTALK] Ee hah, hah, hah. 62, 53. Mr. Tonga, well, thank you kindly. There were also a lot of hair questions. Like a lot of them. And it sounds like you want me to do a how to video for my hair. We'll see about that but the most direct question, from jimmerson bob, asked, are you a skunk? Well, only when I eat a lot of broccoli. And Susie K asked, I remember you did something way back for the iPhone 5 with your iPhone 5 On It music video. Do you have something planned for the iPhone 6? Eh, Maybe. I don't know. We'll see if I'm busy. All right, guys, we'll be back for reals next time, but myself and the team just wanted to continue to thank you all so much for watching the show and, you know what, we will continue to keep on bringing it for you. You can still send me your emails to the applebyte@cnet.com or tweet me @briantong because I answer them when I feel the warm fuzzies. So thanks so much for watching and we'll see you guys next time on another byte of the apple. [MUSIC]

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