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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11 weeks ago
Paying AGAIN!? These annually upgrade costs for iOS and OS X apps make me really sick.
Rating: 19 Votes
11 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: 16 Votes
11 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: 13 Votes
11 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: 12 Votes
11 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
11 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
11 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: 7 Votes
11 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
11 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
11 weeks ago

Thank you! Between the direct reply and quality of the software itself, I have decided to purchase it.


Thank you so much! I hope it serves you well. :)

I completely agree. This is absurd, it was already pricy to begin with for a stats app now I gotta pay ten dollars to upgrade?

Screw this company.


We're a very lean company (everyone works remotely).

Due to the specific nature of iStat Menus, we need to do testing on each model of hardware. This sometimes means we borrow friends' Macs, but often it means buying and reselling Macs.

Is ~$10 every two years (~$5 a year) a lot for something you might use every day? That decision is entirely up to you. We want to make sure iStat Menus is the best app of its kind, and that means constant maintenance. We really don't mind if you skip major versions (~$2.50 a year).

If we were on the Mac App Store, we couldn't offer update pricing at all. We also couldn't offer a trial. And we couldn't offer refunds. We're doing everything we can to make sure the only people who buy our software are those who like it.

I completely understand why you may be upset, but please understand it was a huge amount of work that went into this update. And please understand that the update is entirely your choice.

We're also offering free updates for anyone who purchased on or after 15 July 2014.

All we want is to ensure iStat Menus can continue to serve those who use it well. That means every couple of years, there may be a paid update available.
Rating: 6 Votes

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