Friday Freebies once were a regular feature on Mac360. As it turns out, after more than 14 years of publication, more than 700 Fridays, and more than 8,000 articles, we don’t have enough free apps to match the available Fridays.
That brings me to Friday and the inexpensive Temp Monitor app for the Mac. Because we Mac users are curious about our favored devices, we might want to know what goes on inside whenever the Mac’s fan starts spinning. Temp Monitor can help.
Most of today’s Mac line have fans. That’s because each Mac has advanced technology, which, when under stress or resting in the wrong environment, can overheat. Whether it’s storage of CPU or GPU or plain old motherboard, hot is hot and heat kills. The fans are in each Mac to ensure that heat doesn’t win the war.
Temp Monitor app is an unobtrusive tool which will alert you when your Mac overheats, and the perfect utility to help you log all instances when the processor goes beyond a temperature which might be dangerous for both your Mac and yourself, if you’re using a MacBook or MacBook Pro.
Temp Monitor lives in the Mac’s Menubar, runs in the background, but comes with plenty of options to display, and even tells you the current temperature (fan running or otherwise) and where the overheating might be happening.
Seriously. How much fun is this for just a few bucks?
Temp Monitor displays more information than you expect considering the price tag. Temperature. Fan. Voltage and Current. What’s not to like? Each Mac is packed with a bunch of sensors and Temp Monitor monitors each one, then displays the sensor name, and lets you select which one to monitor from the Menubar.
The graph displays your Mac’s temperature over a period of time, and you can set notifications for each sensor and component.
There are many activities, situations, and applications that can set a Mac’s fan off and running. The noise a fan makes can be scary but it’s a good thing and something of a warning that your Mac needs to cool down because it has been working too hard.
Temp Monitor can help you see what’s going on, but isn’t designed to fix the problem. It’s a warning system with more specific information than the fan’s noise. It’s not a Friday Freebie but the app is worth more than a few bucks.