Mac Must-Haves: The Best Apps You Didn’t Know You Needed

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Did you know that over 18 million Mac computers were sold in 2018 alone?

That’s an astonishing number, but not so surprising when you consider that nearly half of all cellphone owners have an iPhone in their pocket. To say that Apple is a technology giant would be a gross understatement.

Maybe you’re just getting your feet wet with Mac computers, everyone you know has one and you think you’re ready to take the leap. Or perhaps you’ve been using Mac computers for years, and simply want to be sure you’re doing everything you can to make your newest investment the best it can be.

No matter how long you’ve been using these powerful computers, there are certain apps you need to have to take your device to the next level. Listed below are Mac must-haves that should be the first things you download once your computer is out of the box.

Affinity Designer

If you’re a bit overwhelmed by the layout (and price point) of Adobe Photoshop, Affinity Designer is not only a great alternative but actually preferred by many creators!

You can create anything from typography to intricate drawings from scratch to thumbnails for your next iMovie project.

If you need help getting started with iMovie, the good folks over at can help you out!

Alfred 4

If you’re interested in streamlining the search feature on your Mac, you can’t beat Alfred.

Combining spotlight and Siri capabilities, Alfred allows you to do everything from searching the web to performing calculations from a single app.

By using just your keyboard, you can search through all of your folders and files with ease.


Macs are some of the best computers out there, but as with any device, they come with a limited amount of storage. That’s where Dropbox comes in. Dropbox is a cloud storage app that enables you to free up space on your computer while still holding on to any files you might need.

You can upload your photos and documents to Dropbox hassle-free from your desktop, and it even comes with 2BG of free storage when you sign up!


Evernote is an extremely popular app, both for computers and mobile devices, because of its elite note-taking power. You can insert images, documents, and other media into your notes, as well as save content from the web.

The free version of Evernote comes with a large upload allowance and a slew of extensions and functions, but if you fall in love with the app and want to get even more out of it, you can unlock the full version for $35/year.

Fantastical 2

While Macs come with a calendar app pre-installed and ready to use, no other calendar app is quite as useful as Fantastical. Though it comes at a price, you’re sure to never need another calendar or organizer.

The unique thing about Fantastical is that you’re able to create reminders by simply typing in dates and appointments you want to set, and the app will do all the heavy lifting for you.

Google Chrome

Another example of a better option than the app that comes pre-installed on Mac computers is Google Chrome in place of Safari. There’s nothing wrong with Safari, but Google Chrome comes with a wide variety of capabilities that Safari doesn’t offer.

Chrome is one of the fastest browsers on the market and has every type of extension and feature you could want while surfing the web.


A common complaint among Mac users is the inability to easily view multiple windows at once by snapping them to different sections of the screen. Magnet solves that issue!

This handy app will enable you to multitask to your heart’s content, giving you the power to drag and drop windows to the edges and corners of your computer screen and lock them in their assigned section.


If you’re someone who’s always pocketing things on their computer or phone for later viewing, Pocket is the app for you! You can save articles, web pages, images, and videos, all in one place.

The best part is, if you have Pocket on all of your devices, you can view your saved media from any of them! And once you have the content saved, you don’t even need the internet to peruse your finds.


Think of Slack as the ultimate instant messaging system for your business or team. With Slack, you and your team will have the capability to chat amongst each other as a whole, in smaller groups, or individually – all at once!

Along with text messages, you can also send files, images, even gifs, making the collaboration process as simple and fun as it can be.


Did you know that listening to music while working or studying can help you focus?

Well, if you have Spotify, you’ll have virtually endless amounts of music, podcasts, and even ambient sounds at your fingertips.

So whether you’re crafting a presentation in Keynote or creating your next masterpiece in Affinity Designer, you’ll be able to enjoy your favorite tunes while you work.

Download These Mac Must-Haves to Boost Your Apple Experience

Macs are incredibly powerful devices, and quite an investment, so you want to be sure that you get everything you can out of your new computer. By ensuring that your new device is equipped with these Mac must-haves, you’ll be off to a great start!

Whether your computer is intended for business or personal use, you’ll be making your Mac a productivity powerhouse with the apps on this list.

Looking for more tips and tricks to get the most out of your Mac? Check out the rest of our blog!

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