Setapp have many of the best Mac apps

Setapp is a subscription service that makes a collection of hand-picked curated apps available for a monthly fee of $9.99 / month.

The app is designed to be an alternative to the official App Store Apple use. Unlike the App Store, they hand-pick the best apps from each category for Setapp and, thus, offer the best solutions available to you. Also, it’s cheaper to pay $9.99/month and get unlimited access to all apps than to spend $30-40 for each application. You get unlimited access to the apps and that includes updates and eventual in-app offerings as well.

To use this service you download Setapp and install it on your Mac. This creates a special folder on your Mac where all apps are available for you as long the subscription is active. You can use the apps offline so the only need for Internet connection is when you first install an app or want to update it.

Setapp

MacPaw who is the brains behind this (Clean My Mac, Gemini) adds more apps all the time.

Some of the available apps I already have and used before. Like iFlicks, iStat Menus, MacPaw Apps, WiFi Explorer to name a few. There are some great selections here.

Check out apps you can get here: Best Apps for Mac, Yours to Explore.

They have a 30-day free trial. No credit card required and you can cancel anytime you want.

Save Space On Your Mac: Try CloudMounter

I recently got the opportunity to try CloudMounter. Its a great little tool for users that have low space on their devices because it allows to mount Dropbox, Google Drive and other disks without having to store the files locally on your computer.

CloudMounter

CloudMounter supports encryption so that your data is safer in the cloud. Integrates well with Finder and is updated regularly.

Check it out at: https://cloudmounter.net

Apple Tease Pro Users With iMac Pro

iMac Pro

Apple showcased their new space grey iMac Pro today, with planned shipping in december 2017.

This is a workstation class computer aimed at Pro users.

  • Up to: 18-Core Intel Xeon Processors
  • Radeon Pro Vega graphics
  • ECC RAM (up to 128GB)
  • Up to: 4TB of SSD
  • 10Gb Ethernet
  • 27-inch Retina 5K display

Comes in a new space-grey design, pricing will start from $4,999 (US).

You can read more about it here: iMac Pro.

iMac Updates

At the same time Apple updated their existing iMacs with more powerful graphics and faster kaby lake processors.

The updated iMac features faster Kaby Lake processors up to 4.2 GHz with Turbo Boost up to 4.5 GHz and supports up to twice the memory as the previous generation. Fusion Drive is now standard on all 27-inch configurations and the top-end 21.5-inch iMac. SSD storage options are now up to 50 percent faster, and iMac comes with Thunderbolt 3, the most powerful and versatile port ever.

Read more: iMac receives major update featuring more powerful graphics, faster processors, Thunderbolt 3 and brighter displays

StarCraft Remastered Coming to a Mac near You

starcraft remastered

At last the long wait is over, StarCraft Remastered is going to be released august 14 2017. Blizzard have polished and updated the original game for modern computers and graphics. Enabling support for 4K UHD and modern operating systems including the Mac.

Check out this video:

StarCraft Remastered Features:

  • Buildings, units and environment visual upgrades.
  • Updated audio / music.
  • Higher resolutions.
  • Core gameplay true to the original and not changed.

The game is available 14 august 2017 and you can check out more on Blizzards website: StarCraft Remastered.

This game was a big part of my youth and one of the games I loved playing with my friends during our LAN sessions on the weekends. Apparently a lot of Mac users are searching for ways to get this game working on their Macs. Soon that will be possible and with updated music, graphics as well. Now we wait.

iPhone 7 Special Edition (PRODUCT RED)

iPhone 7 special edition (product red) was released by Apple today. If you buy a product in this category you support the fight against AIDS. A percentage of the profits goes to the global fund helping AIDS programs in Africa. The iPod nano was the first Apple product in the RED category and later on they introduced other products and accessories like headsets and cases.

Bono from U2 worked extensively with the late Apple founder Steve Jobs about these products and how the logo should be designed. Once in a while Apple also do some custom special products and auction them away. A one-of-a-kind red Mac Pro was one of those.

iPhone 7 Special Edition

The special edition of iPhone 7 and plus is available in 128GB and 256GB configuration as their other counterparts. The price will also stay they same as the regular colors. Apart from the color there are no difference in performance or internals.

The timeframe in terms of shipping is end of march and it should be available worldwide.

iPhone 7 Leather Case – (PRODUCT)RED

If a new device is to much to bear for your wallet, and for most people it usually is. A new iPhone 7 Leather Case in a red color will still give something back to help fight AIDS.

iPhone 7 Leather Case - (PRODUCT)RED

iPad Air 2 Discontinued. New 9.7-Inch iPad Takes its Place

Apple discontinued the iPad Air 2 today and replaced it with a new 9.7-Inch iPad with A9 CPU. This is the new entry level tablet from Apple.

iPad

As far as specs go this one have a brighter display compared to the original, but it lacks most of the Pro features like true-tone display, smart connector, Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard support. It also looks like the anti-reflective coating had to go. Probably to keep the prices down.

Specs:

  • A9 CPU
  • 2 048 x 1 536 Resolution
  • 8MP iSight (back) / 1.2MP FaceTime (front)
  • Two Speakers
  • Lightning and 3.5mm minijack
  • Touch ID

This is considered a low-cost iPad and pricing at this time of writing starts at $329 for 32GB and 429 for 128GB. You can get your hands on a device in the end of march.

iPad Mini 4 Storage Bump

If you decide to get an iPad mini you will get more storage for your money now. Apple have decided to discontinue the 32GB model and replace it with a whooping 128GB instead for the same price of $399. If you want a cell version the price increases to $599 at the time this article was written.

New 10.5-inch iPad Pro Is Coming (Rumors)

Sources on the Internet are saying that new iPads are on their way.

The rumors suggest that there are at least two different models Apple are planning on releasing this month.

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo who have leaked a lot of correct Apple rumors in the past are suggesting that we will see a new 10.5-inch iPad Pro model with the Touch ID built into the display and a nearly edge free design. This is supposed to be the new flagship iPad model from Apple.

We will also see updates to the 12.9 Inch and the 9.7 Inch model.

The current low supply of iPads in the market also suggest Apple probably are doing some updates.

The new  iPad identifiers for 2017 are looking like this:

– iPad 7,1
– iPad 7,2
– iPad 7,3
– iPad 7,4

Sources: TechCrunch / DigiTimes

Are you going to buy new a new iPad, and are you able to use it as your main computer for day to day tasks?

Unable to Type in Spotlight Search Bar

I am unable to type in the spotlight search bar occasionally. I can bring it up using the command + space shortcut. The input field appears as it should be doing, but when I start typing. Nothing is appearing in the search box. Even though the keyboard works just fine in other applications. If I start textedit for instance typing there works perfectly.

It was difficult to search for help about this issue because the search terms: spotlight, and typing are so broad, but eventually I found a forum post somewhere that had suggestions on how to solve this annoying issue.

To solve this issue you can try the following:

  1. Click once on your desktop
  2. Click the spotlight icon in the top bar
  3. Press backspace when the search bar is open
  4. Click the spotlight icon in the top bar again
  5. Press backspace when the search bar is open again
  6. Does it work now?

It did for me…

I have no idea why this is happening and what I am doing to get this problem. It may appear to be a focus issue. When you have a application open but if it isn’t in focus it won’t accept input. Just a theory. Hopefully Apple have plans to fix this in upcoming software updates. Let me know down in the comments if you have other solutions to this issue.

Strange Graphical Issues With MacBook Pro Late 2016

If you want to know what I think about this computer you are welcome to check out my MacBook Pro 2016 Review. With that said I have recently seen some graphical interface issues in macOS. When I am able to get those graphical issues on a screenshot it is obviously some software-related issue going on here.

MacBook Pro 2016 graphic issues

It doesn’t happen all the time, but I haven’t been able to figure out what is causing this issue. It mostly happens in the drop shadow underneath windows like that copy bar pictured above. It is also occasionally apparent when I bring up the spotlight search bar or use quick looking at files.

The current OS build I am running is macOS Sierra 10.12.3. I assume this will be fixed in software updates in the future. I dont notice any other issues when this happens, its only cosmetic for now.

Windows Alternative to Mac Apps

What if you wanted to move away from the Mac ecosystem and go back to Windows? The applications you used in macOS, do they have good alternatives on Windows?

Lets find out!

Most of the apps I suggest costs a bit of money, but I haven’t got paid to recommend these.

Time MachineBvckup 2 – A lightweight and fast backup app for Windows. It keeps a folder or hard drive in sync and thats it. It doesn’t make it bootable or anything like that. But that is how I like it. I just want backup of my data. An OS I can always reinstall myself.

Apple MailMailbird – You could use Outlook or Thunderbird, but I think Microsofts e-mail client are too bloated with too many features. Mailbird is simple and lightweight e-mail client for Windows with good support for multiple e-mail accounts.

Apple Photos – I use Adobe Lightroom but that is because I use a DSLR that shoots RAW files and Apple Photos doesn’t handle that in a good way. To organize my photos from a mobile device on Windows I would try Google Photos.

SafariGoogle Chrome – Chrome is the first thing I install on a new Windows system to browse the Internet.

If you are heavily invested in iCloud stuff you could always use Apples web applications on icloud.com. You have access to contacts, calendar, pages, numbers, keynote etc. If you have a lot of documents and media stored there the website can be used in a transition process over to Windows.

This list is by far not complete, the suggestions above are the ones I think are worth talking about. Leave a comment below if you have something to add.