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Alex HeathAlex Heath is a journalist and co-host of The CultCast. He has been quoted by the likes of the BBC, KRON 4 News, and books like "ICONIC: A Photographic Tribute to Apple Innovation." He lives in Lexington, Kentucky. If you want to pitch a story, share a tip, or just get in touch, additional contact information is available on his personal site. Follow him on Twitter.

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The best Apple Watch apps you probably haven’t heard of

What time is it? Time to submit your Watch app. Photo: Apple

Time to download some apps. Photo: Apple

There are already more than 3,000 apps for the Apple Watch, which makes it difficult to find all of the hidden gems. How do you find the best Apple Watch apps?

Luckily, there are plenty of third-party Watch apps that deserve attention, whether they tell you when it’s going to rain or help you get stuff done. Apple is promoting Watch apps heavily in the App Store, and while the big players (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc.) are obvious downloads, we’ve been on the lookout for some of the other apps for the Apple Watch you might not know about.

Here are some of the best Apple Watch apps to trick out your wrist.

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Apple begins rolling out Watch section of App Store

Photo: Apple

Photo: Apple

Ahead of the Apple Watch’s release tomorrow, Apple has started rolling out a special section of the App Store for the device.

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Apple Watch will be available at select boutiques on Friday

Mel Togusen, left, and her friend, Chris Brown, look at different styles of Apple Watches. Photo: David Pierini/Cult of Mac

The Apple Store is for playing with the Watch only. But you could have luck walking out with one elsewhere. Photo: David Pierini/Cult of Mac

Apple stores won’t let you walk out with an Apple Watch for the foreseeable future, but select boutiques around the world will have certain models in stock this Friday, April 24th.

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Your Apple Watch may arrive earlier than expected

Apple Watch - useful, or just a trend? Photo: Apple

Photo: Apple

When shipping estimates for the Apple Watch fell to June in only a matter of minutes, many preorder customers were left frustrated and in despair.

But there’s hope yet: Apple is already preparing to ship Watch orders that originally weren’t slated to arrive for over a month.

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Apple gives devs chance to own Apple Watch before everyone else

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Photo: Apple

If you’re an iOS developer itching to get your hands on an Apple Watch, it might be your lucky day.

Apple is giving registered developers a chance to get an Apple Watch delivered by next week, which is much better than the June shipping estimate for everyone else.

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Adobe’s new Lightroom 6 is the best Aperture alternative

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Photo: Adobe

Today Adobe released Lightroom 6, cementing the photo editor as the best alternative to Apple’s now-extinct Aperture.

For Adobe Creative Cloud subscribers, the new app is called Lightroom CC. While perhaps the biggest enhancement is related to speed and performance, there are also a few new features users should find helpful.

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Apple secures patents for magical Watch bands just in time

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The Apple Watch’s Classic Buckle and Link Bracelet bands. Photo: Leander Kahney/Cult of Mac

The first batch of Apple Watch preorders are starting to ship for delivery, and Apple has been awarded some key patents for its band designs.

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Beyonce shows off Apple Watch band you can’t have at Coachella

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Photo: Beyonce

The latest celebrity to flaunt an Apple Watch is none other than Queen B herself. Today Beyonce posted photos of herself at Coachella wearing the 18-karat Apple Watch Edition and a custom band you can’t buy.

One of iTunes’ most beloved artists has a solid gold link bracelet for the Watch that Apple doesn’t sell officially. And it probably costs more than the Edition itself.

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Apple highlights latest efforts ‘to leave the world better than we found it’

Apple's newest solar farm in China.

Apple’s newest solar farm in China.

Apple is leading the charge in environmental responsibility, and it’s only just getting started.

That’s the message from the company’s 2015 progress report, which details all the ways Apple is striving “to leave the world better than we found it.”

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Flashlight and other awesome Mac and iOS app updates you might have missed last week