Opinion: How I Use the Mac in My Daily Life

I have been a Mac user since May 2014. This year, I will be having my five-year anniversary of switching to macOS in May. With that said though, since I have been using the Mac for so long, you might be wondering how I use my MacBook Pro in my daily life.

I have a mid-2012 MacBook Pro and it has been getting me through college, even though there have been many years where I wish that I could replace it due to how old it is. That day where I can replace it has not come yet because I have been in college for so long, and as we all know, college costs a lot of money.

Still, here are just some of the ways that I use my MacBook in my daily life.

The first thing is pretty obvious; writing. I have done so much writing on this thing that I wish there was a way to see a word count from all of the years that I have used it. Unfortunately, I don’t think a feature like that currently exists on the Mac. I have written all of my college papers on it, as well as almost all of the blog posts from my personal blog, TeamApple News and now Appleosophy too. Almost all of my Day One journal entries have been done on it too. What can I say, I love writing!

Another thing that I have used it for is web browsing. Over the years, I have used Google Chrome and Firefox, but over the last couple of years, have had pretty good luck with Safari. It’s minimalistic and still allows me to use extensions like Ad-Block and Grammarly.

As of recently, I have been using Fantastical 2 for Mac to manage my calendar. Previously, I used the default Apple Calendar app, which does not compare to Fantastical. With Fantastical, the interface is so much better and syncs with Fantastical on my iPhone and iPad too. I cannot ask for anything more than that.

Twitter is something that I have used often and I have used at least three different versions of Tweetbot for Mac throughout the last few years. It is truly the best third-party app for the Mac (and iOS), even if it does not have the streaming timeline feature anymore.

Now, although I have not used it often, I have edited videos on my MacBook Pro with both iMovie and Final Cut Pro. I prefer to not use it on my MacBook Pro because it only has 4GB of RAM with it, therefore, it does not play nice with Final Cut Pro either.

Checking my email with the Spark app is another thing that I do often. It is nice to be able to do that, especially from an app like Spark that has a great interface. The app also just works the way an email app should work. Outlook for Mac is getting better with every update too, making it easier for me to check my college email as well.

Lastly, when it comes to using my Mac on a daily basis, I do probably use it to its fullest extent every single day. You have to remember that this thing has specs from 2012 and, like I said earlier, only has 4GB of RAM, so this thing gets a workout every time that I use it.

I am proud of that, but I have been looking at the newer MacBook Pros and it is something that I really want to get for myself. I am hoping to buy a new one in 2019. I graduate from Wayne State College in May 2019, so perhaps my dream of getting a new MacBook Pro might be on the horizon this year.

At this point, anything could happen, but that is one of the greatest things about life and the human experience.