Without an official, scientifically-based survey to back up my assertion, it’s likely every Mac and iPhone customer has a few apps that they cherish, use regularly, and would be lost without. These may include Apple’s own applications which span both macOS High Sierra and iOS 11; perhaps apps from Microsoft Office, or Adobe Creative Cloud, but whatever they are, they’re valuable.
Here are a few that I use daily on my Mac and iPhone.
Magnet – most of my work each day is conducted on a 27-inch iMac with a Retina 5K display. That means plenty of screen real estate and with a dozen or so applications up and running at any one time, there’s always a problem with window management. Magnet makes it easy peasy.
What Magnet does is move an application’s screen to wherever you want and keeps it there. 7,000 five star ratings should tell you that Mac customers like using Magnet. With a single click or keyboard shortcut, Magnet moves an app’s window to split screen, two-thirds, centered, full screen, left or right, and more. It is shameful that Apple does not have a Mac utility that does what Magnet does, but for 99-cents how is it possible to go wrong?
Clock – Mac, iPhone, and iPad customers have plenty of clock, timer, and countdown applications to choose from but by far the best, most useful, and most used is the Clock app that comes on each iPhone and iPad. I’ve tried others— this one is best.
There are five basic functions in Clock, starting with World Clock. Use it to set any number of clocks for different cities in different time zones. Next is Alarm and this is the one I use the most. Why? Alarm apps are a dime a dozen, right? Alarm on iOS works independent of Do Not Disturb so you get an alarm when you set it; iPhone, iPad, and especially Watch. The built-in Stopwatch and Timer options are typical for the genre and require no basic explanation or learning curve. Also built-in to Clock is a Bedtime alarm where you set the time to go to bed, the time to wake up, and the days where you want the alarm to go off. Even the alarms are different in the Bedtime function.
Is Clock perfect? Not quite. The only improvements I would ask of Apple is the option to sync alarms and settings between devices– iPhone, iPad, and Watch, but also to include Clock on macOS. I want different bedtime and wake settings for different days of the week, too (which can be mitigated with the Alarm settings).
Network Utility – I have and use one utility that most Mac users have never seen. It’s called the Network Utility. This is a network tool which gives you Netstat, Ping, Lookup, Traceroute, Finger, and Port Scan options. Yes, definitely for the geekier Mac user, and Apple buries in macOS so it is not easily found.
In the Finder, click the Go menu, select the Go To Folder… selection, and enter this: /System/Library/CoreServices/Applications. That opens the Finder to display a bunch of useful utilities which are not in the Utilities folder in macOS High Sierra.
They say that when you need to know something that Google can be your friend. So can exploring some of the applications Apple ships with each Mac.