This is our collection of Apple related references around the web. These are the websites that inspire us to bring you our own unique Apple experience – these people and companies have been following, covering and honoring Apple for many years and we hope you enjoy them as much as we have over the years.
Matthew Pearce is an avid Apple collector, blogger, and makes awesome videos to boot (read a great interview with Matt here). Matt has a fast growing collection of fans who love to see his videos (over 20,000 subscribers on YouTube) and hear his wisdom on everything from classic Macs, to FCP tutorials, to his wide knowledge of cameras, lens and just about anything related to photography/videography. Don’t let his cool and relaxed style throw you – this guy knows his stuff. We’re big fans of Matt and we really enjoy his work.
Cult of Mac is a daily news website that tracks Apple and the people who use its products. Our goal is to provide timely news, insightful analysis, helpful how-tos and honest product reviews about Apple and Apple-related products. The site is run by Leander Kahney who authored the book of the same name (and two others). Leander is considered one of the leading authorities on everything related to Apple.
Established December 5, 2004, The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW) is a resource for all things Apple and beyond. TUAW publishes news stories, credible rumors and how-to’s covering a variety of topics daily. As a trusted tech blog, TUAW provides opinion and analysis on the news in addition to the facts. They recently redesigned their site and it looks awesome – great job guys!
Daring Fireball is written and produced by John Gruber. John is a well respected, renowned writer who uses Daring Fireball to discuss topics related to Apple products and issues in related consumer technology. We really enjoy reading Daring Fireball and John’s musings on the state of the technology industry as a whole.
“They’re not old – they’re retro!”. James and John run RetroMacCast and it’s an Apple fans dream. Every week they host a podcast where they talk about the latest Apple news, what’s going on over at eBay and anything related to the Mac and Apple. They’ve hosted over 200 podcasts and between them there isn’t a piece of Mac or Apple trivia they don’t know. Check out the forums where members share their collective vast knowledge of every piece of Apple hardware and software to ever come out of Cupertino. We’re big fans of the RMC – check it out (and consider making a donation!)
Created by Ian Page, Mactracker is an iOS, Windows and Mac application that provides detailed information on every Apple Macintosh computer ever made, including items such as processor speed, memory, optical drives, graphic cards, supported Mac OS versions, and expansion options. Also included is information on Apple mice, keyboards, displays, printers, scanners, digital cameras, iPod, Apple TV, iPhone, iPad, Wi-Fi Cards/Base Stations, Newton, and Mac OS versions. Mactracker is an indispensable tool for tech support folks and even your regular Mac fan. You can follow Ian on Twitter at http://twitter.com/#!/mactrackerapp. Mactracker maintains significantly more details about the specs of each Apple product, and has extended user interface features to track and group your preferences. Awesome.
Started by Dan Knight in 1997, the mission of Low End Mac is helping users get the most value from their Macs and iOS devices. Their priority is helping their readers get the most use from their hardware for the money, whether that mean upgrading or buying a newer model. They cover everything from the Lisa to the latest Macs and iOS devices (because “sooner or later, everything becomes low-end” – great quote!). Dan has a fairly extensive personal collection of Macs including a 512K, Plus, SE, Classic, SE/30, Classic II, Mac II, IIcx, IIsi, IIci, IIfx, PowerBook 150, LC, LC II, Color Classic, Centris 610, Centris 660av, Quadra 950, Radius 81/110, SuperMac J700, clamshell iBook, Beige G3, Blue & White G3, three G4 Power Macs, several iMacs, and a 2007 Mac mini, our first Intel-based Mac, among others.
The Vintage Mac Museum is a real, working collection of the pre-Intel Apple Macintosh: 68k and PowerPC Macinti, old Mac software, period advertising and memorabilia. Curated by Adam Rosen of Boston, MA and started in 2001, the Vintage Mac Museum is a working private collection located in Adam’s home. The Vintage Mac Museum, though Adam’s company Oakbog, provides vintage Mac file transfer and conversion services for old Mac data retrieval – they read your old floppy, Zip and Syquest disks, open MacWrite, MS Word or other old files, and convert them to modern formats. Adam also maintains an awesome blog where he links off to several other online Apple and Mac museums around the world.
MacStories is a weblog with daily coverage of all things Apple. iOS and Mac news, reviews, rumors, tutorials. Written by the Apple obsessed, to the Apple obsessed. MacStories was launched in April 2009. They love talking about new apps for Macs, iPhones and iPads, and don’t mind taking a look at new pieces of hardware every once in a while. Their primary focus is on reviews, news and editorials (the stories), but you’ll also find rumors, leaks, unconfirmed stuff on MS.
Vectronic’s Apple World (VAW) is a site for Apple enthusiasts celebrating the history, past, present, and future, of Apple Inc. All contributors to the site use Apple products on a daily basis, and have an extensive private collection of Apple hardware, software, and publications going back to the 1976. Their personal collection and scans of Apple promotional material is enormous.
The URL says it all. Woz.org is the personal website of Steve Wozniak. Need we say more?
Serving up Apple trivia, news and media since 1999, The Mothership is “the Premier Apple Lisa and Early Macintosh Archive and the World’s Largest Apple Advertising and Brochure Gallery”. And boy are they ever – their brochure archive is MASSIVE!
Sister site to the magazine, Mac|Life is an American monthly magazine published by Future US. It focuses on the Macintosh personal computer and related products, including the iPod and iPhone.
9 to 5 Mac is a well designed Apple news site. It reports on everything Apple and has a pretty big following on Twitter. They break a lot of cool stories on Apple with their unique content and delivery style.
The Apple Museum is focused on the history, the anecdotes and background information of Apple and their products. Make sure you check out their page on Apple codenames.
Founded in Boston by designer, writer, and photographer Hadley Stern, Apple Matters provides original commentary on topics including the impact of Apple on our culture, exclusive profiles of people in Apple’s storied history such as Herbie Hancock and Guy Kawasaki, and product reviews. Apple Matters have their own extensive listing of Apple products – check out the ‘Collections’ link on their home page.
Published by Splashpress Media (http://www.splashpress.com), Apple Gazette is a daily Apple news blog covering the latest happenings in and around the world of Apple, Inc.
Run by Steven Weyhrich, Apple2History is a detailed, extensive archive of documents related to the Apple II and related computers. It was originally published in serial form in many newsletters, and has been available on the Web since the early 1990s. Steve has experience with all models from the Apple II Plus, through the Apple IIe and IIc and finally the Apple IIGS.
Ars Technica (the name is Latin-derived for the “art of technology”) specializes in original news and reviews, analysis of technology trends, and expert advice on a wide range of technology related topics. Their section on Apple ‘Infinite Loop’ is an awesome source of Apple related news and trending topics.
Patently Apple is a blog primarily focused on delivering the very best coverage of Apple’s intellectual property news bi-weekly. Every Tuesday they report on Apple’s Granted Patents and on Thursdays they report on Apple’s Patent Applications. If you’re interested in reading about real developments occurring in Apple’s labs – then this is the site to bookmark.
MacObserver is an extensive collection of news, forums, articles, tips and reviews of Apple products and services.
Founded by Dennis Lloyd, iLounge is an independent provider of information about Apple Inc.’s iPod, iPhone and iPad digital media players, accessories, and related software, published online at www.ilounge.com. Established as a domain only days after the October 23, 2001 announcement of the iPod, the iLounge site was originally built by Dennis Lloyd and HTML Guru Dennis Martin. Fully functional on November 16, 2001, the site has grown dramatically from its early days, hosting daily news updates, independent product reviews and editorial content, incredible discussion forums and photo galleries, software download and self-help pages.
MacForums is the most comprehensive collection of Apple related forums on the web with topics covering everything from hardware to software to developers.
MacCast is a podcast run by Adam Christianson. He started broadcasting in early 2004 and produces and publishes the MacCast each week. Adam writes on his site: “The Macintosh and the Mac community continue to amaze and inspire me and I am happy to be one of the crazy ones.” We’re happy to crazy right along with you Adam!
World of Apple was launched in 2005 and covers important Apple events. World Of Apple gained some attention when it clashed with Apple’s legal department over the publication of images relating to an upcoming release of Mac OS X before the official release. World of Apple aims to be “the premier place to go for everything Apple, not just news and rumours but information, financial data, photographs and lots more.”
Run by Jim Dalrymple, The Loop provides in-depth coverage on the topics that matter to you, including Apple 🙂 The aim of The Loop is to dig into the headlines to provide readers with some thoughtful, well-balanced coverage – with how-to articles on everything from setting up amp modeling software to mic placement when recording acoustics. Software, hardware and everything in between. Jim has been following Apple for the last 15 years, first as one of the original members of MacCentral, then at Macworld.
MacintoshOS.com is a complete internet destination designed with the novice and expert Apple user in mind! Created in 1996 by a couple of devout Apple fans from Cupertino, CA, MacintoshOS.com seeks to be a complete destination for Apple fanatics – focusing on culture, media and saving money! MacintoshOS.com also features an awesome Mac museum which showcases the entire line of yesteryear’s Apple Macintosh computers.
AppleInsider is a comprehensive Apple related news site that includes a massive forum for discussion of a wide range of topics related to Apple.
MacRumors attracts a broad audience of both consumers and professionals interested in the latest technologies and products. They also boast an active community focused on purchasing decisions and technical aspects of the iPhone, iPod, iPad, and Mac platforms.
Written by Patrick Rhone – technology consultant, writer, editor, and curator – what you will find here is original writing, links, quotes, photos and submissions around the theme of minimalist practices in the area of technology. Patrick’s mission on this site is to provide a forum for people to discuss and discover best practices around optimizing your computer around your needs and habits – how you work, the menubar items you need, the dock items you need, the tools you need to get the job done. Patrick’s writing is refreshing and we enjoy his blog a lot (make sure you become a Patron today!)
Hilarious blog about Apple. From their web site: “Crazy Apple Rumors Site is dedicated to the fabrication of Apple rumors that defy verifiability, grammatical convention or any basis in reality.” Must. Read. Must. Subscribe. RSS.
MacTalk is Australia’s largest Apple-related online community. The site is made up of three major parts: their blog (containing interesting and relevant local angles on global Apple news and events, with a side order of general meekness, with reviews, news, columns and opinion pieces are the type of content on the blog; their forum (a place for discussion between the members of our community, a central meeting point) and their podcast, a weekly podcast, which is a general Apple-related podcast, by Australians, for Australians. Shrine Of Apple was started by an Australian, so obviously we are big fans of MacTalk!
Mac OS Ken is a *daily* Apple focused podcast produced by Ken Ray. Ken started in radio in 1994 and started covering tech-news in 1998, including stints at Business Radio 1220 in San Francisco, the Magazine Global Technology Business, and time “on-air” at TechTV Radio. Since 2005, Ken has eaten, slept, and breathed Apple news and news related to Apple news in order to produce a daily Apple news show. Stories that make the Mac OS Ken cut include most stories directly related to Apple, many stories indirectly related to Apple that stand a chance of affecting Apple’s business or its users, and tangentially related stories that are funny.
Started at the beginning of 1999, SecureMac is devoted to the security of your Macintosh computer and the programs or servers you run on it. SecureMac has served thousands of people, helping them secure their networks and detect hackers. The site teaches you how to secure your Macintosh, detect any hackers present on it, while viewing the most reliable source of security related products, with extensive reviews and ratings evaluated by the top Macintosh security experts.
Started in 1995, the Macintosh News Network (MacNN) serves up Macintosh and iPod news, reviews, discussion, tips, troubleshooting, links, and reviews. They publishe dozens of news stories related to Apple, iTunes, iPod, and the Mac industry, tracking the latest developments in the computer, Apple-related, Mac, online music, and iPod markets. MacNN has a presence at almost every major Macintosh-related conference to provide its readers with the most punctual news coverage possible.
From Wikipedia: “Macworld is a web site and monthly computer magazine dedicated to Apple Macintosh products. It is published by Mac Publishing, which is headquartered in San Francisco, California. Published since 1984, the magazine has the largest audited circulation (both total and newsstand) of Macintosh-focused magazines in North America, more than double its nearest competitor, Mac|Life. Macworld was founded by David Bunnell (publisher) and Andrew Fluegelman (editor). It is the oldest Macintosh magazine still in publication.”
AppleHistory has been online since May, 1996. It started as a final project for a Computer Science class and has grown into one of the largest, most complete list of Apple computers on the web today.
A site dedicated to Apple clones, hacks, forums, IRC, parody, and the obscure and unusual.
Published by the National Software Laboratory since 1984, Info-Mac Info-Mac has been offering news, discussion and downloads since the very early days of the Macintosh. A friendly community of Mac users, both novice and expert, coming together to share tips, tricks, and lend a helping hand. Membership is free.
From their website: “More than just ‘one more’ Apple news site, Appletell covers your addiction to the Macintosh, iPhone, iPod, AppleTV, or any combination thereof. We’re not just Apple Fanboys, the team is composed of new and seasoned users out to make the most of Apple products in our personal and professional lives, and we’re more than happy to share our expertise. Our staff provides commentary, reviews, event coverage, interviews, and how-to articles on everything stamped with the Apple logo.
Flyosity is a visually beautiful site – an interface design blog featuring tutorials, interviews, techniques and thoughts on building beautiful software. Topics of discussion include Cocoa, the iPhone & iPad, design across different digital mediums, and the importance of building pixel-perfect user experiences. Flyosity.com is also a showcase of work by its author Mike Rundle, his interface design work and apps (Digital Post & Beak) that he’s built.
123Macmini.com’s goal is to create a place where Mac mini and Mac enthusiasts can come, hang out and share information. They are a huge repository of Mac mini news, reviews, accessories, guides, links, pictures, videos and much more.
The latest Mac news and expert opinion from the UK’s only fortnightly Mac magazine.
From their website: “Founded in 1985, MacInTouch has earned the respect and trust of the Mac community through more than two decades of objective, intelligent Macintosh reporting and analysis in both print and electronic media. MacInTouch founder Ric Ford published the original MacInTouch newsletter, designed and produced the MacWEEK Forum on CompuServe, and contributed for years to MacWEEK, MacUser, MacWorld, eMediaWeekly and other Mac publications.
Techfast Lunch & Dinner
Hosted by Jonathan, this YouTube channel is amazing – the latest Apple/Mac/Consumer Tech Reviews, unboxings & giveaways! We were really impressed by the iPad 2 video which asked viewers to donate to the tsunami victims. Respect.
Insanely Great Mac
Started by Mike Flaminio in 1995, Insanely Great Mac features product news and reviews for Mac, iPad, iPhone, and iPod.
Macgasm breaks down every bit of news available related to your favourite Apple products, including all the fun accessories (iPhone, iPad, iOS) and extras (cases, etc). They test, review, and recommend apps and products that will help you get the most out of your iPhone, iPad, and Mac. Macgasm provides Apple news, tips, and tricks for the everyday Apple user.
The Apple Blog
The Apple Blog is part of the GigaOm network – the leading provider of online media, events and research for global technology innovators. It provides insightful, interesting and thought provoking editorials and opinion pieces of all things Apple.
Mac Daily News
Mac Daily New’s mission is to scour the Web for articles that interest Mac and Apple product users, remark on the content of these articles, provide news about Apple Inc. and their products, and to opine about all things related to Apple and the Mac.Why? Because long ago they received the most important advice a computer user can ever receive, “Get a Mac.” and their mission is to help spread that valuable advice.
A vast library of short, fascinating anecdotes about the development of Apple’s original Macintosh computer, and the people who created it. If you’re a fan of the early Macs, you will love reading these stories.
MacHash provides up to the minute technology news headlines from the web’s best sources in one convenient place. The site displays the latest headlines chronologically in an easy to follow grid. As new articles are posted throughout the day, new headlines are displayed in real time. Instead of trying to keep track of many different sites, you can easily stay on top of your favorite news topics in one place.
TidBITS is an online newsletter and Web site, devoted to the person behind the most personal of personal computers, the Macintosh. TidBITS relates events and products to real life uses and concerns. New TidBITS issues go out every Monday night; articles appear on the Web site throughout the week. Founded by Adam and Tonya Engst in April of 1990, TidBITS has been published weekly ever since, which makes it one of the longest-running Internet publications.
Vintage Micros is *the* premier source in the world for vintage computer items, particularly Apple hardware. These guys are the premier experts in plaforms like the Apple Lisa, Profile HD, Apple /// and many others. If you have an old Apple box that’s not working, you need to contact Vintage Micros. They are a pleasure to deal with and have been selling on eBay for years. They are *the most trusted* source for anything vintage Apple!
Architect of Sound
Adam A. Johnson is a music composer who owns and operates Architect of Sound, a music company that provides custom music scoring and sound design for Film/TV/New Media projects in the United States and abroad. Credits include LEGO, the United Nations, Aquafina-Pepsico, the National Endowment for the Arts, US Customs, US Army, Exxon & NYC Mayor Bloomberg. Additional services include sonic branding, foley, audio sweetening and mixing, and music supervision. We used Adam for the awesome Shrine Of Apple jingle on all our video intros, as well as background music for several of the videos themselves. Thanks Adam!
Managed by Preshit Deorukhkar, Smoking Apples is a blog that covers in-depth reviews, analysis, views and opinions and tutorials and how-tos about all things Apple. In 2010, Preshit put together a small but genius team of passionate individuals and started working towards Homescreen.me, a service that lets you showcase your iOS device homescreens and the apps you’re using on them.
Founded by Sebastian Page, iDownloadBlog (iDB) was founded in May 2008 as a weblog focused on delivering news, jailbreak information, reviews, editorials as well as guides and tutorials about the iPhone, iPad, and everything iOS. The blog is for anyone interested in learning more about the iPhone, the iPad, or any other iOS device, keeping up-to-date with the latest jailbreak information and being on top of important iOS-related news.They don’t just write about current events, they keep readers informed about what’s important.
Founded by Eliane Fiolet and Hubert Nguyen, Ubergizmo are a group of geeks to the core, but also talk electronics in a way that your grandparents can understand. They take everything into consideration from design, to user interface to practicality, pricing and competition. They make lists to help you decide what gadgets you need (or don’t). And they deliver live coverage at conferences like CES, E3, Mobile World Congress, CTIA, DEMO and GDC, so you can feel like they are there with them. If it’s cool, they are covering it. They recently became a Webby Award Honoree, have been nominees at the Bloggies and voted in the top 100 blogs for PC Magazine and the Hot Site on USA Today. Check them out!
The Apple Museum
The Apple Museum Collection includes over 1200 items of many mediums. The collection consists of printed literature, software on many media types, and computer hardware. The TAM software library consists of around 300 pieces of software, stored on 5.25 and 3.5 inch magnetic disks as well as a few optical compact disks. In print media, the museum has about 700 items in its collection, ranging from product manuals and service guides to advertisements and rare internal documents. The 18 hardware pieces on display in the museum gallery are only a small selection of the museum’s large hardware inventory. The museum currently has about 200 items, which consists not only of Apple computers, but accessories such as disk drives, printers, interface devices, and many more. The museum is constantly adding to all sectors of its collection, and plans to continue expanding and sharing its collection with the world.
512 Pixels is a weblog about technology, journalism and design, written by Stephen M. Hackett (who used to work at Apple). 512 Pixels caught our eye with Stephen’s ‘Old Mac Of the Month’ post about the Macintosh SE.
MacMost is a video podcast and blog that teaches you how to use your Mac, iPhone, iPod and iPad. At MacMost.com you will find more than 500 videos, a weekly newsletter, tips, and a questions and answers forum.