11 Great Websites for Mac Freaks

By Bob LeVitus

The best way to gather more information than you could ever possibly soak up about all things Macintosh is to hop onto the web. There you can find news, freeware and shareware (try-before-you-buy software) to download, troubleshooting sites, tons of news and information about your new favorite OS, and lots of places to shop.

Macworld

This site describes itself thusly: “Your best source for all things Apple.” And it’s true. Macworld is perhaps the best and most comprehensive source of product information for most Apple products. It’s especially strong for comparative reviews of Mac and iPhone/iPad products.

For example, when you want to know which inkjet printer or digital camera is the best in its price class, Macworld can almost certainly offer guidance, feature comparison charts, and real-world test results. And you won’t merely find product information here — you’ll find it accompanied by expert opinions and professional editing and fact-checking.

The Mac Observer

The Mac Observer gives you Apple news, views, reviews, and much more. The Mac Observer offers insightful opinion pieces in addition to the usual Apple news and product reviews. The quality and depth of the writing at The Mac Observer is superior to most other sites covering the Apple beat.

The Unofficial Apple Weblog

For the latest in Mac news, updated every single day, check out The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW). With an excellent staff of tech newshounds, this site keeps you on the bleeding edge of Mac news — including software updates, virus alerts, and Apple happenings. It also offers extensive and unbiased reviews and how-to articles for most Apple products soon after their release.

TidBITS

TidBITS is an online newsletter and website with the motto: “Apple News for the Rest of Us since 1990.” With some of the most insightful and detailed writing on the web, TidBITS is another must-read for me. The latest issue comes out every Monday, and articles are posted regularly throughout the week.

Download.com

For free software or shareware, check out the CNET Download site’s Mac Downloads section. It’s one of the best sites in the world for software to use with Yosemite (or any version of OS X, for that matter). It’s also terrific for getting the latest version of any kind of software: commercial, shareware, and/or freeware.

Download.com is a virtual treasure trove of software and updates, and it’s worth visiting even when you aren’t looking for anything in particular.

Alltop

Alltop aggregates news from a variety of websites and serves them up in an appealing format that allows you to scan a large number of headlines and summaries from a wide variety of sources in a very short time. This is a case where a picture is worth 1,000 words:

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Notice the little summary, which appears only when you hover your cursor over that story, which is in the little box with “25 July 2014 | 6:03 pm” as its headline. That’s Alltop’s killer feature, at least in my humble opinion.

Apple Support

Do you have a technical question about any version of Mac OS or any Apple product — including OS X Yosemite? March your question right over to the Apple Support page, where you can find searchable archives of tech notes, software update information, and documentation.

The Support pages are especially useful if you need info about your old Mac; Apple archives all its info here. Choose among a preset list of topics or products, and type a keyword to research. You’re rewarded with a list of helpful documents. Clicking any one of these entries (they’re all links) takes you right to the info you seek. The site even has tools that can help narrow your search.

The site also offers a section with user discussions of Apple-related topics. Although not “officially” sanctioned or monitored by Apple, it’s often the best place to gain insights, especially on slightly esoteric or obscure issues not covered in other sections of the site.

Other World Computing

Other World Computing has become the “go to” place for Mac peripherals. Whether you need RAM, hard drives, optical drives, video cards, processor upgrades, cables, discs, or anything else you can think of, Other World Computing probably has it at a reasonable price. And, if it’s memory or internal storage, it probably comes with a pretty good illustrated installation manual.

Because of its inexpensive and reliable delivery and a solid guarantee of every item, you can’t go wrong buying from OWC.

EveryMac.com

The author of EveryMac claims that it’s “the complete guide to every Mac, iPod, iPhone, iPad, and Mac clone in the world, with technical, configuration, and pricing info.”

You can’t argue with that (unless you’ve done a staggering amount of research). Check out the Forum and Q&A sections (recently updated for Yosemite) for answers to Mac-related questions.

dealmac

Shopping for Mac stuff? Go to dealmac first to find out about sale prices, rebates, and other bargain opportunities on upgrades, software, peripherals, and more.

“How to go broke saving money,” this site boasts, and if you’re a bargain hunter, it’s not far from the truth. Check out the deal shown.

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Dr. Mac Consulting

Dr. Mac Consulting is a troubleshooting, training, and technical-support site. The only goal is to help you with whatever is ailing your Mac (or iPhone or iPad or other Apple device). With expert technicians on staff, Dr. Mac Consulting provides jargon-free expert technical help at a fair price, regardless of your physical location — and usually on the same day.

Let one of the experts provide high-quality Macintosh troubleshooting, technical support, software or system training, prepurchase advice, and more!