Everyone loves a good app bundle, and BundleHunt> — creators of just that, for your Mac — has launched its brand-new holiday bundle of apps. Get stoked, because you have a grand total of 46 heavily discounted apps to pick from.
How does the bundle work?
First, a quick word about BundleHunt’s setup. Unlike a traditional “app bundle”, like what you’d find at a place like Humble Bundle, you aren’t paying a single price to unlock a handful of apps. Rather, you’re paying two prices: a $7 fee to gain access to BundleHunt’s big discounts, and separate fees based on however many apps you decide to purchase.
In other words, BundleHunt forces you to create your own bundle of discounted apps rather than just giving you one to buy. That means that you’re going to have to make some choices — and probably do a little research — to get the best deals. Here are a few recommendations to get you started (with prices listed as “original & discount”):
iMazing $62 & $10)
Not everyone uses iCloud to back up their iPhone or iPad. If you’re the “connect it to my Mac and let iTunes work its magic” type, you’ll definitely want to check out iMazing. This app is like iTunes minus all the media content. You get a speedier way to create more complicated backups for your iPhone or iPad — which you can even schedule, if you remember to regularly connect your device to your Mac — as well as a tool that lets you more easily transfer data back and forth (including photos, music, notes, voice memos, et cetera).
Most importantly, iMazing allows you to copy the full contents of one device to another, which makes it a lot faster to upgrade from something old to something new versus restoring from an iCloud backup over wifi. You can also pick and choose what data you want to bring over to your new device.
CloudMounter ($62 & $2)
Managing your files across the many cloud services you use can be an ordeal. With CloudMounter, you can access your data on many of the big cloud services from a standard Finder window. CloudMounter supports Dropbox, Amazon S3, Google Drive, Box, and OneDrive—to name a few.
ScreenFocus ($11 & $1)
If you’re fancy enough to have a multi-monitor setup at home — or, at the very least, a secondary monitor you occasionally use alongside your laptop’s built-in screen—then ScreenFocus is a great way to keep your supplemental screens from distracting you (too much).
Install it, and the app will automatically dim your other screens. Move your mouse cursor over to one of them and they’ll brighten back up again. You can adjust just how much dimming — and whether it should be instant, or “in a moment” — in the app’s settings.
Haptic Touch Bar ($7 & $1)
We’ve covered this little gem before, and it’s still a worthy addition to your Touch Bar-enabled MacBook Pro. Install Haptic Touch Bar, and you’ll now get physical feedback — vibrations you can customise — whenever you poke the digital keys on your MacBook Pro’s Touch Bar. Why Apple didn’t bake this functionality directly into macOS, we’ll never know.
X-Mirage ($22 & $3)
You can use Apple’s AirPlay to send videos from your iPhone or iPad to your Apple TV, or stream music to your HomePod — or other AirPlay-supported speakers — but you can’t stream anything on your device to your Mac desktop or laptop. These aren’t AirPlay receivers, after all.
To fix that, you’ll need an app like X-Mirage, which allows you to mirror your iPhone or iPad’s screen to your Mac, stream videos or music, or play iOS games on a much larger screen than your paltry iPhone or decently sized iPad. If you want to get crazy, you can even AirPlay to your Mac from multiple iPhones or iPads simultaneously.