Q&A: what Apple news sites do you read?

In the comments to my last post, someone asked what Apple news sites I read. I looked over to my newsreader and discovered that the list was way longer than I realised (I'm such a geek), so this gets its own post. These are in alphabetic order, since that's how they show up in my newsreader.

  • 9 to 5 Mac: They're a pretty new entrant into the Apple news space. They've stayed in my newsreader because I think that they do some great analysis, and they're not as fanboy as some of the other Apple sites out there.
  • AppleInsider: A good ole-fashioned rumours site. They generally post about five stories per day. In general, they focus more on the hardware and OS side of things than software.
  • Cult of Mac: Written by Leander Kahney (author of the book of the same title) and Pete Mortensen, this site is a mix of thoughtful analysis and puff pieces (like the Steve Jobs in a tie from a couple of weeks ago).
  • Infinite Loop: Ars Technica's Apple blog is one of the better news sites. With five or six writers, they cover all things Apple pretty well.
  • MacRumors: I got my job because of MacRumors (yes, really), so I have a soft spot for them. This site and AppleInsider are the two most rumour-y sites that I read.
  • The Apple Blog: Lots of commentary, some news. They're not the first to report on anything, but they're thoughtful enough that they haven't been kicked out of my newsreader.
  • The Unofficial Apple Weblog: Great mix of hardware, software, and third-party news and tips. They don't get rumours first, but they'll pick up the more interesting rumours that are going around the other sites.

There are some other Apple-related blogs I read, but they're not about Apple news and rumours. They include (again with the alphabetical order):

  • Call Me Fishmeal: This is Wil Shipley's blog. Shipley is the man behind Delicious Monster. He's got an ego roughly the size of Montana, but he's got some good coding skills.
  • MacApper: As you're smart enough to figure out from the name, this is a site dedicated to Mac apps. It's a great way to learn about all sorts of nifty Mac apps. They've got a high enough ratio of apps that I wasn't aware of (or had forgotten about) that they stay in my newsreader. I bought UniSudoku a couple of weeks ago because I was in need of a casual game and it had just been reviewed there.
  • MacWindows: A site dedicated to the integration of these two platforms. This site is mostly geared towards hardcore IT geeks, and you'll find lots of information here about Entourage/Exchange, virtualisation solutions, Boot Camp, and networking.
  • NSBlog: Mike Ash (of Rogue Amoeba) has a blog mostly focused on developing Mac apps. It's a great blog if you want to learn more about the ins and outs of being a developer.
  • The Secret Diary of Steve Jobs: Bar none, Fake Steve writes my favourite Apple-related blog. He's both funny and insightful. My favourite non-Apple target of FSJ's is the OLPC.

There are lots of other things in my RSS reader (the other MacBU blogs, lots of UX ones, a few WinOffice folks, and some random sprinklings of other stuff), but now you have the highlights of my Mac reading list.

Comments (1)
  1. wrt MacWindows, meh

    They seem to be more interesting to techies/small consultants than IT. They tend more towards the MacFixIt model of regurgitating press releases and publicizing bug "reports" rather than dealing with larger issues and information in a useful manner.

    For more IT-Oriented stuff, I *highly* recommend both http://www.afp548.com/ and http://macenterprise.org/

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