My aunt Tera started writing about Apple over a decade ago. A few months before her death in 2006 she started writing TeraTalks. What she had in common with her readers was obvious. A love of truth and honesty, and a love of Apple and the Mac (the iPhone was released about a year after she died, so she missed out on Apple’s renaissance and the mobile revolution).
What do Mac users today have in common with other Mac users throughout the world? Obviously we love finely crafted, well designed personal computers that often are worth more after being used five years than Windows PCs are when they’re new.
Something else we all have in common is time. Or, perhaps, not enough time. These days the world is a village but not everyone in the village is in the same time zone so if you want to know what time it is somewhere else on planet earth you need The Clock. Yes, every Mac already has a clock but that anemic little trinket in the Menubar shouldn’t be called a clock. This is a clock. A world clock. Multiple cities, multiple time zones.
This is the kind of clock you check before you call someone on the phone who also happens to live in a different time zone, so that makes The Clock a very good meeting planner because there’s a built-in calendar that lets you navigate through months with ease. Just like Watch, there are The Clock Complications built-in.
Setting up The Clock is simple enough. It comes with two themes, light and dark, and options to format The Clock per city, define waking hours, rename cities, setup special holidays, and add sunrise and sunset times.
The Clock even adjusts time zones based upon Daylight Savings Time (or, the lack thereof). And, instead of just telling you the time in a different zone, the app also displays the time zone offset. For example, 2 hours behind (your local time), or, Today/yesterday, or 6 hours ahead.
Although The Clock is a Mac App Store app, and it’s nominally priced right at the threshold of my throw away money, there’s also a try-before-you-buy version. To try it is to want it. Which is pretty much as Mac-like as you can get, right?