$60 / $80
September
Peripherals

Satechi Aluminum Wired and Wireless Keyboards

If you’ve been looking for an affordable keyboard for your iMac or desktop MacBook setup that matches the Apple aesthetic, you’ll definitely want to check out Satechi’s newest aluminum keyboards. Available in a choice of four colors to match any of Apple’s iMac or MacBooks, both keyboards features enhanced scissor-switch keys and an extended keyboard layout with a full numeric keypad, making them a great option for data entry and finance applications. The Aluminum Bluetooth Keyboard ($80), provides wireless connectivity with up to three devices, so you can pair it with multiple Macs or even an iPad or iPhone, and features a USB-C rechargeable battery that provides up to 80 hours of working time and 100 days of standby time, and can still be used while charging. The Aluminum Wired USB Keyboard ($60) provides wired connectivity no longer available in Apple’s own keyboards, connecting to a Mac with a standard USB-A cable for users who prefer to avoid worrying about battery life and recharging. Both of the new keyboards are available now in silver directly from Satechi’s website or on Amazon.com, while the space gray, gold, and rose gold versions can be pre-ordered now for shipping by the end of September.

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$80
Apps

Parallels Software Parallels Desktop 14

Apple’s latest macOS release is just around the corner, and Parallels is ready as usual with Parallels Desktop 14 an updated version of its eponymous virtual machine software for Macs. The latest version not only brings support for macOS Mojave and the latest Windows 10 updates, but also promises to deliver a number of really useful optimizations, increasing the performance of running Windows applications while using less disk space and memory than the prior version.

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$100
Pre-Order
Peripherals

Logitech MX Vertical Advanced Ergonomic Mouse

There’s no doubt that Logitech has become the household name in human interface devices like mice and keyboards, however we’re impressed by the ways in which the company continues to push the envelope with new design ideas. Last year’s MX Ergo trackball, for instance, brought back the classic trackball in a really great ergonomic design, and now the company seems to be following up that idea with MX Vertical, a new “Advanced Ergonomic Mouse” that borrows some of the same ideas to provide what may be the most uniquely designed mouse we’ve ever seen.

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$99 – $399
Furniture
Mounts

Understands Desktop Computer Stands

Apple’s iMac boasts a pretty clean and clutter-free aesthetic, but if you prefer to elevate your iMac with a more rustic look for your workspace, you’ll like what Understands has to offer. Featuring rustic urban wood designs, the company’s lineup of stands for your iMac will not only raise your screen up but also provides a place to slide in the iMac’s base, making the stand seamlessly blend into your desktop experience, and providing an uncluttered wood surface.

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Satechi Aluminum Type-C UHS-II Micro/SD Card Reader Adapter

Thanks to its very Mac-like aesthetic, Satechi’s hubs and adapters for Apple’s newest MacBooks have become some of our favourite designs, and now the company is back with a new one — the Aluminum Type-C UHS-II Micro/SD Card Reader Adapter. Not every MacBook photographer uses an iPhone or Wi-Fi camera, so this one is for those of us who have miss the built-in SD card reader that use to come with Apple’s MacBooks. Featuring UHS-II speeds of up to 312 Mbps, it’s powerful enough to let you import your 4K video footage and ultra-high-res RAW images in a snap.

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Microsoft Office 2019 for Mac Preview

Although there are a lot of popular choices for word processing and spreadsheets these days — ranging from Apple’s own Pages and Numbers to the ubiquitous Google Docs and Sheets web apps — if you’re collaborating with anybody in the traditional business world, Microsoft’s Office is still the 800-pound gorilla in the room that you simply can’t ignore. Fortunately, however, Microsoft continues to offer solid support for Mac users, and in fact has just announced the Office 2019 for Mac Preview, bundling the latest versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and OneNote for those who aren’t perpetual Microsoft subscribers.

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Satechi Aluminum Type-C Pro Hub with Ethernet

Let’s face it, if you’ve got one of the recent MacBook Pro models, you’ve probably already found that the included USB-C ports just don’t entirely cut it, and while there are many solutions available, Satechi has stepped up to the plate to offer some of the most Mac-like port expanders we’ve seen, and the company just continues to offer something for everyone with its new Aluminum Type-C Pro Hub with Ethernet. A variation on the company’s prior Type-C Pro Hub, this latest model includes an integrated Gigabit Ethernet port so that you’re ready to plug in when you don’t have Wi-Fi connectivity available.

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Free
Apps

Handbrake Open Source Video Transcoder

The popular open source video conversion app Handbrake has gotten another major update — its first in two years — in the form of Handbrake 1.1. The latest version adds some significant polish to the user interface, and brings new presets for encoding 4K video for playback on Apple’s latest Apple TV, along with other 4K-capable devices, of course.

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Free
Apps

Vimeo for macOS

Vimeo has released a free macOS app targeted at professional film makers and power users of the popular video sharing service. More than just a simple uploader, Vimeo for macOS also provides seamless integration with Final Cut Pro so you can export ProRes videos, manage uploads, and share videos right from within your post-production workflow.

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$300
April 9

Apple Final Cut Pro 10.4.1

Apple has announced Final Cut Pro X 10.4.1, an update that’s slightly more significant than its minor version number would suggest. Following on the heels of a 10.4 update released in December which added 360 VR editing, advanced color grading, and HDR support, the new version 10.4.1 adds a significant new video format, ProRes RAW, along with advanced closed captioning tools.

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$400
Apps

IK Multimedia Syntronik Deluxe

IK Multimedia has released Syntronik Deluxe, an expanded version of last year’s Syntronik synth powerhouse for Mac users, adding five new legendary synths along with 500 new instrument presents, 18 GB of new sounds, and more than 22,000 new samples, bringing the total to 22 synths, 2,600 instrument presents, 80 GB of sound content, and more than 120,000 samples.

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$40 / $2/month
Apps

AgileBits 1Password 7 Beta

AgileBits has released a public beta version of 1Password 7, previewing the latest update in the company’s award-winning password management solution. 1Password 7 gets a fresh coat of paint that significantly modernizes its look, with a dark-theme sidebar that shows all of a user’s vaults and allows for easy drag-and-drop between vaults, and even between different accounts. The update also provides tighter integration for users of 1Password’s cloud service, so you’ll be able to do a lot more in the app without the need to make a trip to your web browser. Vaults can now be managed directly from the sidebar, for instance, allowing the name, description and avatar to be edited from within the app or a vault to be directly shared with another user.

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Satechi Aluminum Type-C Multimedia Adapter

Let’s face it, as nice as it sounds in theory when we look at Apple’s newest MacBooks, most of us are just not quite ready yet for a USB-C-only world. Fortunately, Satechi has us covered; the company makes some of the nicest USB-C hubs we’ve seen for Mac users, matching the design aesthetic of modern MacBooks perfectly. Satech’s latest offering is its Aluminum Type-C Multimedia Adapter, which provides two card slots and a total of seven ports — including USB-C Power Delivery output — that should give most MacBook users just about everything they need.

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$4
Apps

Charles Aroutiounian Hue Menu 3

Apple still hasn’t brought HomeKit support to the Mac, but if you’re a user of Philips’ Hue system, you have other options available. Charles Aroutiounian first brought his app for controlling Hue devices to the Mac five years ago, and now with Hue Menu 3 the app has undergone a major overhaul under the hood, and most significantly added TouchBar support for users of the newest MacBooks.

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$60

Twelve South BookArc möd for MacBook

For many Mac users, the aesthetic of a MacBook Pro is just as important as what’s under the hood, and we’ve always admired Twelve South’s approach to creating accessories that blend right in, such as its venerable BookArc — a vertical MacBook stand with a design that matches the MacBook’s brushed aluminum look perfectly. Now comes BookArc möd, a new version of the stand that concedes that not everybody is into the metallic look, and sports a design more in tune with wood-focused desktops.

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