Seller – Ian Page
Version(s) reviewed: 2.2 (mobile); 7.0.1 (desktop)
Requirements: iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad; iOS 5.0 or later (mobile); OS X 10.7 or later (desktop via Mac App Store); OS X 10.6.8 or later (desktop via direct download from http://www.mactracker.ca)
I used to support Apple products for a living; I’m also a bit of an obsessive completist when it comes to Apple history. As such, I wanted and needed a complete, accurate list of Apple’s hardware and software. Mactracker provides just that sort of list with a fast, intuitive, truly exhaustive enumeration of every Macintosh ever made. It begins with the 128k Mac and ends with Apple’s present product lineup.
For both the mobile and desktop versions, Ian has laid the information out in several broad classifications, including Desktops, Notebooks, Devices and Software. Inside those classifications are finer details. For instance, Devices includes Apple TV, Displays, Printers and the Newton, amongst many others.
Tap a category on the mobile app for a list of all the products in that category — as well as beautifully-done icons for each. Tap on an individual product to see a spec sheet that includes details about hardware, software, release dates, support status and just about any other important bit of trivia you might ever need to know about, say, Great-aunt Myrtle’s Bondi Blue iMac. The same information is present in the desktop, but the interaction is (of course) more point-and-click. It’s also possible to have spec sheets open for multiple products in the desktop app, and each has its own window. The mobile app is optimized for iPad, so the tablet layout looks more like the desktop app.
All this information is fascinating and valuable, but ultimately available online for free from all the same resources that Ian has used. The thing that would have persuaded me to pay actual money for this app — beyond its sheer usefulness — is the fact that the hardware spec sheets include the startup chime for each and every product that had one. Making a grown-up fangirl remember how she took her first sip of the Kool-Aid is a happy thing indeed.
This app is a godsend for anyone who supports (especially older) Macs or their owners, either professionally or on a “my niece is the Mac expert in the family” basis.