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iStat Menus 5 Brings Refreshed Look, OS X Yosemite Support, More Data

Bjango today released iStat Menus 5, the newest version of its popular Mac system monitor. The program brings a refreshed design, compatibility with OS X Yosemite, and enhanced per-app metrics and stats. Additionally, time and world clocks are now available for more than 120,000 cities along with support for additional languages.

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New menubar icons and revamped-drop down menus are emphasized in the new look of iStat Menus 5, which has been designed to fit more in line with the overall look of OS X Yosemite. The app also contains a variety of Yosemite-only and Mavericks-only features, which include overviews for apps using significant energy and Dark Mode compatibility among others.

In addition to these changes, stats on read and write disk activity for individual apps are now available, along with data on specific upload and download activity. Finally, access to additional network information and improved GPU monitoring are also provided through iStat Menus 5.

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All of the new additions to iStat Menus 5 join the program's core monitoring abilities, which allow users to track metrics such as realtime CPU and GPU usage, sensors, memory, battery and power, disk usage, and more.

iStat Menus 5 can be downloaded now and comes with a free 14-day trial, as a single license and Family Pack license sell for $16 and $24, respectively. Users upgrading from iStat Menus 3 or 4 are eligible for reduced pricing, with the single license on sale for $9.99 and the Family Pack license available for $14.99.

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7 weeks ago
Paying AGAIN!? These annually upgrade costs for iOS and OS X apps make me really sick.
Rating: 18 Votes
7 weeks ago

Paying AGAIN!? These annually upgrade costs for iOS and OS X apps make me really sick.


It makes you sick that developers have to eat?
4 came out two years ago, and there's an upgrade price.
Rating: 13 Votes
7 weeks ago

Paying AGAIN!? These annually upgrade costs for iOS and OS X apps make me really sick.


You think developers should work for free? What planet are you on?
Rating: 12 Votes
7 weeks ago

Paying AGAIN!? These annually upgrade costs for iOS and OS X apps make me really sick.


You should be happy that you don't have to pay for the OS upgrade.

Also, what is the point in complaining about paying for an upgrade. You upgrade your phone, you pay. You upgrade your computer, you pay.

Someone put the time and effort into upgrading the UI and options in this app, so why should it be free. If I had someone remodel my kitchen and then a year later the cabinets I used had a better model out I wouldn't expect the guy to come back and replace my old cabinets with the new ones for free.

People expect too many things to be given to them anymore...
Rating: 11 Votes
7 weeks ago

Paying AGAIN!? These annually upgrade costs for iOS and OS X apps make me really sick.


Heaven forbid we software developers try to make a living!!1 :p
Rating: 10 Votes
7 weeks ago

Paying AGAIN!? These annually upgrade costs for iOS and OS X apps make me really sick.


You think developers should work for free? What planet are you on?


This is almost a textbook example of a straw man.

He is not complaining about paying.
He doesn't think developers should work for free.
He is complaining about paying annually to upgrade.

Whether or not it is a valid complaint or not is another matter, but at least represent his views accurately.
Rating: 10 Votes
7 weeks ago

It makes you sick that developers have to eat?
4 came out two years ago, and there's an upgrade price.

No, I'm speaking as a user who had to upgrade a bunch of apps with almost every major iOS and OS X release. I don't mind if the price would be a bit higher for a lifetime free upgrade.
Rating: 7 Votes
7 weeks ago

No, I'm speaking as a user who had to upgrade a bunch of apps with almost every major iOS and OS X release. I don't mind if the price would be a bit higher for a lifetime free upgrade.


Well, sorry, but that's unrealistic. Especially at the pennies iOS apps go for.

Also, you aren't required to upgrade every time. Skipped version 3 of iStat because I didn't need its new features.
Rating: 6 Votes
7 weeks ago

So ... you want people to do work for you, but pay nothing (or very little).

Sounds about right.


Is it too much to ask that we get some value for the money? A re-skin and a couple throwaway new features are tough to swallow at $16, especially for an app that just takes up cpu cycles. I'm more than happy to buy apps for my Macintosh, even paying for new versions/upgrades, but at that price it better do something else. Fun apps like this are typically around $5, which is what iStat Menus should be selling for. There are certainly apps out there that are far more overpriced than this *cough*tweetbot*cough*$20 dollars for a twitter app*cough*, but then again others may see value at that price.

But if you like the app and are ok spending the money, feel free. People should be able to discuss opposing viewpoints without someone else coming along and railing against your opinion.
Rating: 5 Votes
7 weeks ago
Everyone complaining about paying for an upgrade probably has no problem walking into Starbucks and paying $5 for a drink every morning.

Here's an idea: Skip the lattes for 2 mornings and then you can buy the upgrade. Or if $10 is such a financial burden for you, perhaps you shouldn't be purchasing expensive Apple products in the first place.
Rating: 5 Votes

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