Apple is working for refined operations, which is one of the reasons Macs do not even have disk activity. But what should Mac users do when they want to monitor memory usage, disk and network activity, CPU performance, and other system information? Sure, macOS Activity Monitor tracks such calculations, but what if users want to receive custom alerts and monitor activity discreetly without stealing screen real estate needed for other applications? This is where the iStat Menus app comes into play.
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$ 9.99 Bjango Pty Ltd. iStat Menus 6 app delivers customized performance monitoring that displays similar metrics within a Mac's menu bar. With the third-party tool, Mac users can instantly verify network, disk, memory, CPU, sensor, battery, and power performance measurements. Figure A gives an example where the iStat Menus app is customized to display only CPU, memory, disk and network status.
By clicking on any of the iStat menu items in the menu bar opens the iStat Menus window for that item. For example, [B1459010] Figure B shows the iStat Menus Memory window, which provides detailed memory allocation information (listed with Wired, Active, Compressed and Free), switching memory status, and memory prints, which show memory dependability – Similarly, the simplest essential memory metrics can users monitor.
In the drop-down menus iStat Menus also gives you easy access to a number of other context-based tools, which can include Activity Monitoring, MacOS Console, Terminal and System Information, or Disk Utility, depending on the resource values displayed. Also available from the iStat Menus drop-down menus are wider app settings ( Figure C ) reached by clicking the iStat Menus icon.
The app, which is highly rated and well-rated in the App Store, allows tracking of all of the following performance statistics, as well as others:
- Real CPU activity
- Real-time GPU activity
- Memory allocation
- Memory usage
- Memory pressure
- Disk activity
- SMART status monitoring
- Disk input and output
- Free disk space
- Hard disk temperature
- Fan status
- Voltage status
- Power and power status
- Date, time and calendar ] Battery status for Mac
- Power status
- Battery status for Magic Mouse, Magic Trackpad and Apple Keyboard
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Mac users specify whether the program should start automatically on system startup by checking the Open on login box that appears on the application's welcome screen. To disable the program, simply click the pause icon in global settings and close the app.
While version 6.31 does not have a dedicated dark mode setting, the program adjusts most menu backgrounds to match light and dark appearance settings configured in MacOS General System Settings. iStat Menus also allow you to customize the color of the menu bar icons, edges, downs, and graphs.
MacOS users choose whether or not to display iStat menu alerts. Message support sends an alert, a banner or both for an exhaustive list of options, including CPU usage, battery status, memory pressure, disk space and temperature, and all on custom thresholds the user specifies, even if the application provides default settings for those unfamiliar with common workspaces.
The feature and customization options iStat menus present make the application a useful tool, many choosing to load automatically at startup, especially when you are willing to take a few moments to customize which settings appear in the Mac menu bar. Other users will also choose to set alerts for specific alerts. Whichever you can choose, iStat Menus is safe to help you understand your Mac operation better.