Macs may look like simple and elegant PCs on first look, but under the hood Macs are complicated beasts. Multi-core CPUs, memory, storage, fans, screens, connectors, Wi-Fi, internet connection, and more.
How do you keep track of all that a Mac has going on behind the scenes? In reality, most of us just don’t bother. A Mac just works so most of us don’t check on the stats or status until something goes a little wonky. Here’s an easy way to check on the Mac in both scenarios; before and after wonkiness sets in.
iStatistica, Therefore, iAm
This week I upgraded one of my favorite Mac Menubar utilities– iStatistica, a Mac system monitor which displays a little of what’s going on inside before you have to worry about what went wrong inside.
Think of iStatistica as the modern dashboard of system functionality that Apple forgot about including in OS X long ago. Sure, there’s Activity Monitor in the Utilities folder, but it’s an arcane relic of the past with more detailed information than most Mac users ever want to see. iStatistica is an elegant, graphical way to view much of the same system detail, but without the overhead. Click the Mac’s Menubar and all is revealed (in light or dark theme; your choice).
What iStatistca reveals is the standard– but all important– details of a system monitor. Uptime, memory status, CPU usage, and storage usage. But it also delivers battery information in detail, including total capacity, number of battery charge cycles, and battery health.
Less important data, until something goes wrong, is the network connection detail; a network map, router, LAN, WAN IP addresses, and the amount of incoming and outgoing traffic through your Mac.
Even the settings are ultra simple and straightforward. Set it and forgetaboutit.
What’s missing from this attractive and inexpensive utility? Not much. It displays vital Mac statistics in both the Menubar and in the Notification Center. It can check multiple disks connected to your Mac. And, for Mac notebook users, it displays battery and battery life information.
Not much to not like.
iStatistica, therefore, iAm an iMac user.