$80
Cases

Urban Armor Gear Ice Case for MacBook

Urban Armor Gear’s new Ice Case ($80) is now available for the 12” MacBook, 13” MacBook Pro, and 13” MacBook Air — the last of which is pictured here. Made mostly of hard plastic, Ice also has rubber sections to protect the edges of a MacBook. A back section of the case — where the MacBook’s hinge opens — is covered in the company’s FrogSkin, a softer material that offers a better grip when carrying the laptop. Additional features of the case include a locking screen closure and cooling vents to increase air flow below the MacBook.

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$5
Apps

ThinkTime Creations Grids for Instagram 3.0

If you’re a hardcore Instagrammer, when you’re on your Mac, you may want a richer experience than what the Instagram website has to offer. Fortunately, Grids for Instagram ($5) by ThinkTime Creations has you covered with a full-featured Instagram client that provides a dedicated, high-resolution window into the social network. Now in its third version, Grids provides a sleek adaptive UI with full Retina Display support, and the latest update brings that Retina quality to the images themselves with high-resolution photo support. Non-square photos and videos are also supported, and white space can be automatically trimmed from your photo view.

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$7
Apps

1337 & Senri LLC Leo's Fortune - HD Edition

One of our favorite iOS platform adventure games of last year, Leo’s Fortune ($7), is available for Mac starting today. The game is centered around one mustached furball’s quest to find his stolen gold, and that simple premise leads users through lush environments and into vicious traps on the way to discovering the truth behind who took the loot. Players follow the trail of coins to solve physics-based puzzles through 24 levels, using Leo’s jumping and hovering abilities to avoid spikes and other hazards. The game’s already impressive graphics get a further upgrade for the Mac, possibly accounting for the $2 higher price when compared to the iOS version. Finishing the game will unlock Hardcore Mode and beating the game without dying yields its own special prize. Users can also compete in Game Center to beat as many levels in the fastest time possible. The game takes up 851 MB of space and requires OS X 10.7 or later to run.

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$40
Apps

MacPhun Aurora HDR

MacPhun’s Aurora HDR ($40) app provides Mac users the ability to turn their own digital photos into high-dynamic-range images. The app offers more than 60 editing tools and dozens of one-click presets developed by renowned photographer Trey Ratcliff. Other presets geared toward various photography styles simplify the process even further, allowing for instant transformations of photos whether they were taken inside or outside, of landscapes or buildings. While the app is designed to make editing photos simple, a broad range of editing tools lets users experiment with more precise changes like split-toning, color filtering and graduated neutral density.

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$2
Apps

Everyday Tools Tick Task - Traveler Helper Pro

The Tick Task — Traveler Helper Pro app ($2) is a simple solution for busy users looking to better manage and track their time. The app provides the ability to create a detailed list of tasks, set parameters for each one, group tasks by category and build in time for breaks. A timer panel monitors how long has been spent on a task and how much time has been allotted for it.

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Free / $150
Apps

Etwok NetSpot Pro

While it’s great being able to use your iPhone, iPad, or MacBook without being tethered to wires, the increasing number of Wi-Fi devices in most people’s homes, as well as Wi-Fi access points at your neighbours’ places can make it challenging to keep your wireless network operating at optimal efficiency. Etwok’s NetSpot (Free / $150) aims to help you with this problem by providing a simple tool to help you map out and visualize your Wi-Fi network with a minimal amount of fuss, helping you track down dead zones, and choose the best channels and placement for your Wi-Fi access point and other wireless devices.

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$150-$300
Apps

IK Multimedia AmpliTube 4

Musicians rejoice! IK Multimedia has released a major update to its acclaimed guitar and bass tone studio. AmpliTube 4 ($150 - $300) provides a whole new collection of exciting new gear along with with a whole set of new features, promising the most advanced speaker cabinet selection ever developed, entirely new speaker modeling, five new British amps, a new acoustic simulator pedal, built-in 8-track DAW, and much more. In the standard version of AmpliTube, you’ll get a total of 9 amps, 10 stomp boxes, 10 cabinets, 29 vintage and modern speaker models, 3 mics, 2 rack effects, and 2 tuners, and if you’ve purchased gear for the prior version, you can still use it in AmpliTube 4 by restoring it in the Custom Shop. Kicking it up a notch, AmpliTube 4 Deluxe ($300) adds on 100 pieces of additional gear for those who want a massive selection of creative processing options to choose from. Alternatively, users can opt for the a la carte option with AmpliTube Custom Shop — a free version of the app that lets you demo apps and purchase the specific gear you need individually.

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$15
Apps

Untame Mushroom 11

Untame has released a unique take on the puzzle-platform game with Mushroom 11, challenging players to goad a massive blob through a barren landscape by forcing it to regrow lost cells. Destroying cells within the amorphous creature encourages its expansion in other directions, twisting the life form through tight tunnels or allowing it to gain the momentum needed to launch itself through various obstacles.

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Free
Apps

Eltima Software Elmedia Player

While these days a lot of people simply watch online video through their browsers, there’s still a place for dedicated video playback apps, whether you’re looking to download and save YouTube videos or just want to access your old collection of video files in various formats. Eltima Software’s Elmedia Player (free), just updated to version 6.0, lets you playback just about any video file on your Mac, with support for a wide range of video formats including MP4, FLV, AVI, WMV, DIVX, and more. In addition, the built-in web browser and ability to open videos from any URL makes it a handy YouTube or Vimeo video player, as well. It also lets you listen to music and view fully interactive Flash (SWF) videos in full screen mode. Elmedia also uses your Mac’s hardware accelerated video decoding capabilities, so even HD video playback should run smoothly and in sync.

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$12-$59
Cases

WaterField Designs Magic Keyboard and Magic Trackpad 2 cases

For users looking to give their Mac accessories a little more protection while on the go, WaterField Designs has created a new line of travel cases for Apple’s Magic Keyboard and Magic Trackpad 2. The Magic Keyboard Socket ($15) is a simple padded liner, available only in black. The next step up, the Magic Keyboard Slip ($29), is custom-fitted for the Magic Keyboard, features a softer liner, and is available in black nylon or tan waxed canvas.

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$30
Apps

Aspyr Media Civilization: Beyond Earth: Rising Tide

Last year’s release of Civilization: Beyond Earth took the classic Civilization franchise in a new and interesting sci-fi direction, and now the saga continues with the first major expansion pack, Rising Tide ($30). More than just new content, Rising Tide makes some dramatic changes to the gameplay from the original, rebuilding the diplomacy system from scratch and adding a whole new aquatic gameplay aspect, along with enhancing the affinity system and expanding exploration options. If you’re looking for more from the original Civilization: Beyond Earth, this expansion pack opens up the game in a whole new direction.

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$80-$130
Peripherals

Apple Magic Trackpad 2, Magic Mouse 2, Magic Keyboard

Alongside its new iMacs, Apple has debuted a new slate of peripherals: Magic Mouse 2 ($80), Magic Keyboard ($100) and the Force Touch-equipped Magic Trackpad 2 ($130). All the new devices use Bluetooth connections with a 30-foot range and feature lithium-ion batteries that are rechargable through a Lightning port; Magic Trackpad 2 actually requires a Bluetooth 4.0-enabled Mac as a system requirement. Apple estimates all of the devices take about 2 hours to fully charge and can last a month or more on a single charge.

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$1,799 – $2,299
Macs

Apple iMac with Retina 5K Display (Late 2015)

Apple has released another update to its iMac with Retina 5K Display ($1,799 – $2,299), following up on the iMac with Retina 5K Display (Mid-2015) released in the spring. The lineup once again sees a slight price drop, making the entry level model more affordable, while the 27” 5120 x 2880 “5K” Retina display features a wider P3-based color gamut, which promises to deliver a 25 percent larger color space. The new models also pack in sixth-generation Intel Core i5 and i7 processors along with the latest AMD high-performance graphics, which should deliver up to 3.7 teraflops of computing power. Two Thunderbolt 2 ports and 802.11ac Wi-Fi are now standard, supporting wireless speeds up to 1.3Gbps.

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$1,499
Macs

Apple 21.5‑inch iMac with Retina 4K display

Following the debut of the 27” iMac with Retina Display last fall, Apple has now brought the higher-resolution screen to its smaller sibling, introducing the 21.5‑inch iMac with Retina 4K display ($1,499). Pushing the display up to a 4096 x 2304 resolution, with 9.4 million pixels, the new model also sports a 3.1GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 processor and 1TB hard drive with Intel Iris Pro Graphics, two Thunderbolt 2 ports, and 802.11ac Wi-Fi with support for wireless speeds of up to 1.3Gbps.

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$10
Apps

Inkle 80 Days

We’re big fans of Inkle’s 80 Days game on the iOS platform, and in fact it made our list of the Top Apps of 2014, so naturally we’re pretty excited to see it come to the Mac. Available on Steam, GOG, and Humble Store, 80 Days ($10) brings all of the fun of the iOS experience to the larger Mac screen, and more.

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