The First 15 Apps You Must Download For Your New MacBook

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Apple announced some impressive new MacBook Airs and Pros at its WWDC event yesterday.The revamped computers are available in Apple’s online store right this moment.

If you ordered one, these are the first 15 apps you should install.


GeekTool is a utility that lets you bring all kinds of customised information to your desktop while still making it look beautiful. Get time, date, and weather info, and even data about how your computer is performing right on your desktop.

Price: free

Google Chrome

Google's Chrome browser is fully-featured, lightweight, and extensible. After using it, you'll be saying, 'Firefox who?'

Price: free


Hands down the best email app for Mac. It's completely replaced the default OS X Mail app for me.

Price: $9.99


The easiest way to describe GIMP is that it's free Photoshop. It's a high-powered open source image editor, meaning you get all the functionality you could hope for without draining your wallet.

Price: free


This lightweight BitTorrent client handles everything you can throw at it in the world of torrenting.

Price: free


If you have lots of disparate pieces of information to keep track of, use Evernote to wrangle them all while keeping them synced across devices. Keep track of lists and ideas with it, and you'll never forget anything again.

Price: free

iA Writer

iA Writer is a barebones text editor designed to eliminate distractions and shorten the distance between you and your finished piece of writing. We love it.

Price: $8.99


The go-to name in cloud storage, Dropbox makes it a snap to share your data and send files to anyone you want.

Price: free


Adium is the instant messaging app that supports all kinds of networks, from AIM to Yahoo Messenger to Google Talk. We use it every day.

Price: free


Stay connected and know what's happening with your friends and what's going on around the world with Twitter's desktop client.

Price: free

The Unarchiver

The Unarchiver is ready and willing to attack your compressed files, whether it's .rar, .zip, .tar, or almost anything else. And it's tough to beat the price.

Price: free


When you install a piece of software, it places lots of smaller files throughout your computer's system. Simply moving the app the the Trash doesn't take care of these smaller files. That's where AppZapper comes in.

Price: $12.95

VLC Media Player

VLC Media Player can play pretty much any media file out there. It's our go-to solution for watching movies encoded in unusual formats.

Price: free


You probably like more music than you actually own. Spotify gives you access to a voluminous library of music to make sure your next party has an awesome playlist.

Price: $9.99 for premium access

If you're switching from Windows: Parallels Desktop

Sometimes you'll need to run Windows software. When that problem presents itself, fire up Parallels Desktop to run a virtual Windows operating system right inside your Mac.

Price: $53

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