As reliable as my recent Macs have been there is much going on under the hood that it helps to keep an eye open for potential issues. There once was a time that I erased my Macs and reinstalled a fresh copy of OS X after each annual release. It’s been awhile since that happened because each new version of OS X seems to work a bit better than the previous model.
Still, there’s a lot going on in our Macs and having them connected to the internet all the time deserves a little old fashioned watchful eye. For that I turn to iStatistica, a Menubar system monitoring utility. What you get is a collective list of system statistics that tell you how your Mac is running.
Simple things like memory pressure, CPU usage, uptime, are useful. But so is battery information because almost 75-percent of all Mac users are notebook users. Click the icon in the Menubar and here’s what you get (in light or dark mode; your choice).
A little eye candy is good for the soul.
With a glance you’ll see Memory, Processor, and Disk status using the circular graphics. Mac notebook users will see battery status, too, including total percentage of the remaining charge, number of cycles used, general health, current compact and maximum capacity.
There’s also a quick look at the internet connection which displays IP addresses, and total data– both uploaded and downloaded data as well as speed for each.
Wait. There’s more!
iStatistica is available from the Mac App Store but there’s a downloadable plugin which adds more functionality (prohibited by Apple’s sandboxing requirements).
Macs have fans. Who knew? Well, they can be heard from but usually only when the heat builds up and iStatistica monitors the monitors and displays both temperature and fan data.
What’s not to like?
It’s easy to think of iStatistica as an add-on dashboard for your Mac’s internals. No complaints at all. It’s classy looking and highly functional. What I would like to see is a detachable window that can be dragged away from the Menubar and positioned over other windows so the monitoring requires merely a glance, and not a click.