Free: 3 Mac Utilities And 3 iPhone Tools You Don’t Have But Want To Use

6 UtilitiesHow much are apps worth to Apple? A report I read recently said Apple makes $1-billion a year in App Store profits.

I wonder how that can be with the hundreds of thousands of free apps for Mac and iPhone, but maybe Apple can make it up on volume. I took a quick look at the free apps I keep on my Mac, and, just to satisfy the curiosity, did a quick look at what’s free on my iPhone. As it turns out, we Mincey folk seem to have a genetic predisposition to free.

Take a look at these somewhat unique, unheralded, but very worthy apps for the Mac and iPhone.

First, three Mac utilities I’m sure you don’t use, don’t have, but will want.

Screen Record Pro-Lite: Yes, QuickTime Player can record the Mac’s screen, but Screen Record Pro-Lite is easier. Much easier. Select the area on the screen you want to record as a video and click the big red Record button.

Yeah, the name is a bit goofy. Screen Record Pro and Lite. It is what it is, but the Lite version is time limited.

CPU LED: Most Mac users know something is happening when the Mac is working, but CPU LED tells you with a clever little LED light in the Mac’s Menubar. As the Mac begins to churn through CPU cycles, you’ll see the CPU bar go from green to orange to red, indicating more power is being used.

LanScan: I love this app. LanScan is free and couldn’t be easier to use to find all the active devices on your local home or office network. For each connected device LanScan displays the IP address, MAC address, and auto detects devices including Airport, Ethernet and more.

Second, three iPhone utilities I’m sure you don’t use, don’t have, but will want. Every iPhone user should have Google’s Chrome browser, or the Find My iPhone app from Apple, but these are must have apps. Besides, they’re free.

RedLaser: Put RedLaser on your iPhone, walk into any store, and scan the barcodes or QR codes to see if you can find the same product somewhere else for less. Yep. That’s what it does.

Dog Whistler: Pets are what we Mincey folks have a few too many of, particularly dogs. We’re a dog family, not a cat family (though a few of those always seem to be around). Dog Whistler is the iPhone app that lets you train your dog by blasting out sounds your dog can hear. I looked, but I can find a setting that says ‘Attack Cats!’

Emergency Radio Free: The real name of this intriguing app should be Police Scanner. That’s what Emergency Radio Free really is. It scans nearby police, fire department, EMS, air traffic, train, HAM radio, and other frequencies over the internet. If Apple would only add a multi-frequency receiver to the iPhone, my life would be complete.

I’m betting that you probably don’t have all six of those iPhone and Mac apps, but you’re about ready to login and download now, right?

What Mac and iPhone apps do you use that you’re sure no one else has bothered to find?