Your Mac is a complicated and complex beast, a menagerie of technological functionality the likes of which previous generations of personal computers never even dreamed about. There’s the Mac’s CPU, the RAM, the storage, plus an array of fans, sensors, connectors, and other goodies tucked under the hood. Here’s how to keep an eye on each one.
iStat Menus Because iCan
The go-to Mac utility to monitor the internal workings on your Mac these days is iStat Menus; a colorful blend of utility, fun, and fashion with a sprinkling of magical techno-pixie dust for glitter.
Wrapped up in all this eye candy of colorful utility is an app that can work 24/7 to monitor your Macs internals. The CPU and GPU, memory, storage, various sensors, connected Bluetooth devices, battery and power, plus the network connection– all visible from the Mac’s Menubar.
It’s better than Prego. It’s all in there. And more. More eye candy.
iStat Menus comes with a bunch of display modes for the Mac’s CPU, including multiple CPU core support. There are displas modes for RAM, display modes for disks, and more.
Not only can you monitor your Mac’s network connection, you get a view of current and total bandwidth, peak bandwidth usage, and an option to hide networks connections if you feel the need. Other display modes show you the Mac’s sensor temperatures, the built-in fans, and S.M.A.R.T. monitoring, too.
You get notifications based on the basics, hotkeys which can open and close menus with ease, dropdown menus that can be ordered according to your needs, a Notification Center Widget, and bigger eye candy.
As an added bonus, iStat Menus also lets you control Bluetooth monitoring, including the battery level of connected or paired devices. And, just because, there’s an option to turn on a world clock display so you can see what time it is where you’re not.
The battery candy displays the number of cycles counted, time remaining, and overall condition of the battery, but there’s also a little app-shaming going on with those apps that use the most of your network bandwidth. There’s so much visual candy going on here that a Mac user can’t help but be impressed with all the monitoring.
There’s even an option to view the time in other parts of the world, including sunrise, sunset, moon rise and set, and azimuth. I know. I thought the same thing. Why? Then again, why not?
If there’s a more comprehensive monitoring utility for the Mac I haven’t found it yet. It’s highly recommended for any Mac user who wants to know what’s going on inside, and likes a little eye candy up front.
For some reason, weather forecasts are in there, too. Go figure.