$300
Apps

IK Multimedia MODO BASS

IK Multimedia continues to push the envelope forward with their analog effects modelling with their new MODO BASS virtual electric bass instrument app — the first of its kind to physically model the properties of a real electric bass. MODO BASS promises to deliver a completely new level of realism and playability, recreating not only the sound profile of the electric bass but also the human technique of how the instrument is played in real time, and all of the effects and amplifiers that would be in the sound chain. The app includes a collection of twelve of the most iconic electric basses in history, all specifically modelled, ranging from “60s P-Bass” based on an Alder body 60s era Fender Precision Bass and “70’s P-Bass” based on an Ash body Fender Precision Bass, all the way to more eclectic options such as the Ibanez Soundgear based “Japan Bass” and the Warwick Streamer inspired “Flame Bass.”

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$279
Feb 2017
Peripherals

OWC Thunderbolt 3 Dock

Apple’s newest MacBook Pro has changed the connector game with its USB-C/TB3 ports, so if you’re planning on getting the new MacBook Pro and have a lot of peripherals to connect, OWC’s new Thunderbolt 3 Dock ($279) may be worth taking a look at. Providing a total of thirteen ports, it’s an elegant and versatile way to connect a wide variety of accessories such as external hard drives, webcams, audio interfaces, Ultra HD displays, wired network connection, and more, and can also supply power to the 2016 MacBook Pro at the same time.

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Free / $1.50/month
Apps

Shiny Frog Bear

If you do a lot of writing or note-taking on your Mac and have been looking for a new way to handle it all, you may be interested in taking a look at Shiny Frog’s new Bear (free / $1.50/month). It’s a writing app that supports a wealth of advanced features while maintaining a very clean and accessible user interface. It’s designed for everything from quick notes to in-depth essays or even code snippets — syntax highlighting is supported for over 20 programming languages — and you can use hashtags to organize your work and easily link notes to each other, while still ensuring that everything remains stored in plain text for maximum compatibility and portability to other apps.

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Matias Wireless Aluminum Keyboard

Matias’ Wireless Aluminum Keyboard ($99) is a Bluetooth alternative to Apple’s Magic Keyboard, but it does more than connect to your Mac. Wireless Aluminum Keyboard can pair with up to four devices at once, via Bluetooth — your Mac, in addition to an iPhone, iPad, even any Windows or Android devices. Four keyboard buttons allow the user to switch back and forth between devices. Those buttons are located just above the attached keypad, which you won’t find on Magic Keyboard — though the design does largely mirror Apple’s larger wired keyboard. A micro-USB cable is included to recharge the keyboard’s large battery — Matias claims its keyboard can run for a full year on a single charge. Wireless Aluminum Keyboard comes in silver, gold, space gray, and rose gold, for obvious reasons.

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$1499-$2799
Macs

Apple MacBook Pro (2016)

Apple introduced three new models of its MacBook Pro at today’s event. Two of those models feature the company’s new Touch Bar, a multi-touch OLED bar which replaces the function keys and also contains a built-in Touch ID sensor. Touch Bar is essentially a thin, full-color touchscreen that can perform many functions based on software — it also offers quick access to commands, function “key” access, predictive text suggestions, and more. The 13” MacBook Pro with Touch Bar ($1,799-$1,999) features a 2.9GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor, Turbo Boost up to 3.3GHz, 8GB 2133MHz memory, 256GB or 512GB PCIe-based SSD, Intel Iris Graphics 550, and four USB-C Thunderbolt 3 ports, which can be adapted to support power, Thunderbolt, USB, HDMI, DisplayPort, and VGA with the correct dongles. The 15” MacBook Pro ($2,399-$2,799) offers a 2.6GHz or 2.7GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor, Turbo Boost up to 3.5GHz or 3.6GHz, 16GB 2133MHz memory, 256GB or 512GB PCIe-based SSD, Radeon Pro 450 or 455 with 2GB memory, and the four Thunderbolt 3 ports. Optional upgrades, such as a 1 or 2TB SSD, will increase the price dramatically — when selecting all possible top-of-the-line options, the 15” Pro actually tops out at $4,299, not including any extra pre-installed software.

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Satechi Aluminum Wireless Keypad

Satechi’s popular Metallic Series lineup of accessories has a new addition in the form of the company’s Slim Aluminum Wireless Keypad ($40) — a rechargeable Bluetooth keypad designed to expand a user’s existing keyboard when crunching numbers — useful for working on Numbers or Excel spreadsheets, or in accounting applications. While the new keypad is compatible with both Macs and PCs, it’s clearly designed to fit right in with your Mac, and in addition to standard Apple silver, it’s even available in Gold and Space Grey colors to match up with Apple’s 12” MacBook.

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$20
Extras

Ten One Design Blockhead

Ten One Design’s Blockhead is another solution to the MacBook’s sometimes unwieldy plug, which causes the power supply to jut out from the wall. Blockhead replaces the power adapter’s plug with its own removable plug, enabling the adapter to charge while flush to the wall. Blockhead works with MacBook power adapters, whether 29W, 60W, or 85W, and the little blue plug also works with the 12W iPad charger. One Blockhead goes for $20, and a two-pack costs $35.

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$80-$160
Peripherals

Western Digital My Passport for Mac (2016)

Western Digital has unveiled a new modern look for its classic My Passport for Mac ($80-$160) series of portable USB 3.0 hard drives, featuring a new style developed in partnership with Yves Béhar’s fuse project industrial design firm. The new aesthetic is designed to symbolize the intersection between “our physical life and the digital world,” says Béhar. The new My Passport for Mac is still available in 1TB, 2TB, and 3TB capacities, while adding a new 4TB option at the top end. My Passport continues to provide fast USB 3.0 support, and comes pre-formatted for macOS Sierra and ready for Time Machine right out of the box.

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$150
Apps

Adobe Photoshop Elements 15 + Premiere Elements 15 Bundle

Adobe has just rolled out two major new releases to its consumer-grade photo and video editing apps, Photoshop Elements 15 and Premiere Elements 15. Available in a bundle for $150 for new customers, or $120 for those upgrading from a previous version of either, the two new apps add some interesting new features for users who want to take their photo and videos to the next level but aren’t interested in the price or complexity of Adobe’s full Photoshop or Premiere applications. New organizational tools let you catalog your entire photo library, tracking down photos by people, places, and even subjects like sunsets, birthdays, or pets by analyzing your photos and applying smart tags based on their content. A new Facial Feature Adjustment tool lets you transform frowns into smiles and make other changes to facial features in your photos, and Premiere Elements 15 now includes a haze elimination tool to automatically sharpen your videos.

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Free
Apps

Apple macOS Sierra

As in previous years, Apple debuted another major version of its Mac operating system back during the June Worldwide Developer’s Conference, but with a slight twist this year — the company is retiring the traditional “OS X” name in favor of calling the new operating systems macOS, bringing the naming more logically in line with iOS, tvOS, and watchOS. While still continuing the same version numbering — it’s 10.12 under the hood — today’s public release of macOS Sierra (free) feels like the first pages of a new chapter in the evolution of the Mac operating system, bringing with it even more features to unify the experience with iPhone, iPad and even Apple Watch users.

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Epson DS-530 Color Duplex Document Scanner

While modern technology has reduced the amount of paper in most of our lives, it hasn’t yet ushered in the “paperless society” that many predicted it would. At the end of the day, if you want a paperless office, sometimes you still need to take matters into your own hands. This is where products like Epson’s new DS-530 Color Duplex Document Scanner ($400) come into play. This high-powered duplex sheet-fed scanner can be a big help in getting control of at least some of the clutter in your office.

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$25
September
Peripherals

Sony DualShock 4 USB Wireless Adaptor

Launching in early Septemper, Sony’s new DualShock 4 USB Wireless Adaptor ($25) will let Mac users connect the DualShock 4 controller from a PlayStation 4 to their computer. While specifically designed to bring a wireless experience to PS4 Remote Play for Mac, the adapter enables all of the controller’s features for any game, including the buttons, analog sticks, touch pad, light bar, motion sensors, vibration and stereo headset jack — provided the game in question supports those functions. A minimum 5Mbps connection is required for those using the controller with PS4 Remote Play, with Sony recommending a wired Internet connection for the optimal experience.

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$60
Apps

Readdle PDF Expert 2

Readdle has released an updated version of its PDF Expert software for Mac, adding several new features that enhance editing options, increase search capabilities and strengthen security. PDF Expert 2 allows users to edit text and images in any PDF, making fixing typos or resizing logos and graphs a much more streamlined process. The software can also add links to text and photos, making any component within the PDF clickable and interactive. An editable table of contents makes navigating through a large file much faster using hotkeys, and a new redact feature lets users search for and remove sensitive information before sending out important documents. PDFs can also be password-protected to keep prying eyes away from private data.

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$80
Apps

Parallels Software Parallels Desktop 12

With macOS Sierra looming on the horizon — and already in public beta — it’s time for a new version of Parallels’ venerable Windows emulator for Macs. Optimized for macOS Sierra, Parallels Desktop 12 ($80) boosts performance for shared folders, and suspend, resume, and snapshot operations. Other new features include the ability to quickly capture Facebook or Vimeo videos, a distraction-free presentation mode for both Mac and Windows sessions, hiding desktop icons, keeping the screen awake, seamless Office 365 integration, Windows Server 2016 support, and more. Users also get 500GB of free online cloud backup storage from Acronis for one year.

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$3
Apps

Top Storey Purrfect Memory

Unless you’re somebody who’s been blessed with eidetic memory, even the best of us could use some help from time to time remembering snippets of information. This is where Purrfect Memory ($3) by Top Storey comes into play. This handy little app sits up in your Mac’s menu bar, prompting you to fill in the blanks on any phrase, list, or other set of words you want to remember, adding more and more blanks with each iteration until you’re ready to fill in the whole phrase or list by memory.

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