The way that Apple markets its line of Mac computers, a lot of people who own Macs (MacBook, MacBook Pro, iMac, Mac Mini, Mac Pro) don’t know much about what kind of hardware their machine is powered by, how much memory or CPU power they have, or what version of OS they are running.
Mactracker is a free app available on the Mac App Store that helps you find out detailed information about your Mac or any Mac ever made by Apple, in the easiest way possible. It provides all the info in a nice beautiful design, and divided in multiple categories based on time when they were announced/released, and by type of device.
Apart from Mac computers, Mactracker also provides information about Apple mice, keyboards, displays, printers, scanners, digital cameras, iPod, Apple TV, iPhone, iPad, Wi-Fi Cards/Base Stations, Newton, and Mac OS versions.
While having all information in one place about all Apple products ever is cool, but it is useless if you can’t find it easily. Smart categories is a feature of Mactracker that allows you to filter Apple products based on one or more criteria. For example, to see all the MacBooks that come with the new Thunderbolt port, you can create a smart category as shown:
This smart category will now list all device that shipped with the Thunderbolt port. In this way, by setting multiple criteria, you can filter devices to see only those ones that are relevant to your current search.
You can select multiple devices (from the same category) and compare their tech specs, in a side-by-side table form. If you are looking to buy a new machine/device, and can’t decide which one is best for your needs, you can select all shortlisted ones and compare them to see which has the best/relevant specs.
Apart from this, Mactracker also includes original pricing of the product (when it was launched by Apple), in multiple currency options (based on your selection of country) and includes performance benchmarks, which help you compare a particular model to others.