10 Indispensable Mac Websites
Limiting any list to ten is difficult − especially when it lists indispensable websites about your trusted Mac. But even though this Mac website list isn’t comprehensive, it does include some pretty useful websites that every Mac user should get to know.
As with many other comprehensive sites devoted to the Cupertino crowd (including some in this list), you’ll find lots of news, forums, and reviews concerning all things Apple. But Apple Insider also wants to solicit your help. You’re invited to submit rumors and information to the site − and may even do so anonymously.
Cult of Mac
This well-regarded daily news site is also on top of the latest out of Apple-land, with forums on the Mac that cover vintage computers to the latest models. Cult of Mac will also happily accept a news tip from you.
When something has gone wrong and you’re seeking answers, check out MacFixIt, now part of CNET. This troubleshooting site tackles a gaggle of issues, with help from your Mac brethren. And because of the CNET acquisition, you no longer have to fork over $24.95 a year for a Pro version with tutorials, full access to more than a decade of content, and more.
Apple is one of the most secretive outfits on the planet. Seldom does the company spill the beans on new products in advance; the notable exception is features for the next iteration of OS X. That doesn’t prevent numerous Apple watchers from speculating on what might be coming out of Cupertino.
Besides, who doesn’t love a juicy rumor now and then? Is Apple merging with Nintendo? (Don’t count on it.) Is Apple going to add a subscription music plan to iTunes? (Don’t count on that either.) Head to MacRumors for the latest dirt, some of which might even turn out to be true.
MacSurfer is a wonderful resource for the Apple news junkie. MacSurfer’s Headline News sports links to articles on all things Apple, including traditional media, websites, Apple itself, and bloggers. Links are segregated by Apple, OS X, General Interest, Hardware/Software, How-To/Reviews, Op/Ed, Press Releases, Computer Industry, and Finances.
It’s all here at Macworld: news, how-tos, product reviews, discussion forums, and current and past articles from Macworld magazine. And one of the places that used to make this top-ten list as a stand-alone site is part of Macworld, too: Mac OS X Hints.
Other World Computing
Need more RAM for your computer? Or an extra hard drive, perhaps? Maybe even an add-on that would let you watch TV on your Mac? Other World Computing (OWC) has been specializing in sales of Mac accessories since the first Bush administration. The online retailer has earned a stellar reputation for prompt delivery and reliability.
This list was supposed to mention only ten sites, but if you promise not to tell, other online retailers worth checking out include MacMall and Small Dog Electronics.
The Unofficial Apple Weblog
The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW, for short) is an enthusiast’s blog that lets people comment on Apple articles and reviews.
VersionTracker is a repository for downloadable shareware, freeware, and updates to Mac software. Click a name to discover more about what a program does and to eyeball ratings and feedback. It, too, is now part of the CNET empire, specifically the Mac Software area of Download.com.
Apple may seem like an obvious place to go. Heck, you probably already landed there just by opening Safari the first time. And you may not love the full blitz of Mac, iPod, iPhone, and iPad advertising and promotions, even if you already drank Apple’s Kool-Aid. But presumably most of you already have sweet feelings for the company’s products.
This website is full of helpful resources, especially for, but not limited to, newbies. You can download software updates and manuals, view video tutorials, post questions in discussion forums, read press releases, and consult the knowledge base. Mostly, you’ll walk away with a renewed sense of goodwill for the company responsible for the computer that most of you fancy so much.