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Which Mac apps you should have for the upcoming school year

Whether you’re working with a mobile MacBook or are more of a working from a single space with an iMac type of person, we believe that we have the apps that you need for your upcoming year of classes.

It could be an odd year for schools due to the coronavirus pandemic. Some schools are going to all remote online learning and some are still planning on going back to classrooms.

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Here are our Mac app recommendations:

  • Evernote (free): This was an app that even I used while I was in college to take my notes. I was always a fan of how organized it was when it came to its bullet points. What makes it even more interesting is users can create notebooks based on each class they are in, which makes notetaking much more organized. It’s available on the iPhone, iPad and Mac, therefore, you can access your notes on all necessary devices.
  • Pastebot ($12.99): Once again, this was another app that I used frequently in college. It basically saves everything you copy on your Mac. This app can save your life when you are writing papers or works cited page. The only bad part is that it is only available on the Mac.
  • Microsoft Office for Mac (Free): You’ll want to make sure you check and see if you can get this for free from your school, but if you do not, you can get it in the Mac App Store. Apps like Word, PowerPoint and Excel are free, but come with in-app purchases for full usage with Office 365.
  • Zoom (Free): Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, you probably know why we are recommending this app. Click here to download the app.
  • Apple’s Pro Apps Bundle ($199): If you’re someone who is going to be doing work with video or music editing, Apple’s Pro Apps Bundle could be up your alley. Your school may already have the apps available on a computer on campus, but if you’re going to be at school online or be on campus in general, it doesn’t hurt to have your own apps.
  • Apple Music ($4.99): Yes, this is technically a service, but Apple Music is a great way for students to listen to their favorite songs on their chosen device. Click here to get started from UNIDAYS on how to get that nice student discount on the music streaming service.
  • CARROT Weather: If you are in the classroom this year and want to know about what is going on with the weather outside, this is a great app. It can give you important notifications about warnings and watches in your area, has great humor with it and there’s a nice-sized radar in it. Tier one of the app costs $4.99 a year and is also available on the iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch.
  • Friendly for Twitter (Free): Although the app says it is all about Twitter, users can also sign in with their Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn accounts, view and manage them all right from this one app.
  • Friendly Streaming Browser (Free): Perhaps class is a little boring and you need to stream something during it? This app will give you the capabilities to do so. You can sign in and stream services such as Netflix, Hulu, Prime Video and Disney+. The app also has Picture-In-Picture functionality as well.

Did we miss any big ones? Let us know what apps you use for the classroom (online or in-person) on Twitter at @appleosophy.

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