How do you keep track of all that a Mac has going on behind the scenes and under the hood? Think of it. Multi-core CPUs, memory, storage, fans, screens, connectors, Wi-Fi, internet connection, and more. In reality, most of us don’t bother to know or care. The 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.
iAm, Therefore, iStatistica
My Mac utility for the week is the relatively new 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.
What’s missing from this attractive and inexpensive utility?
Not much. But something. What iStatistica could use is detail on the Mac’s built-in sensors, including an option to monitor and control fans like some free utilities do. Otherwise, it’s a decent attempt at a Mac system monitor dashboard.