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Like most operating systems, your Mac comes loaded with a handful of default apps that cover all kinds of use cases: office work, web browsing, email, tasks and todos, maps and navigation, photo management, music and podcasts, and more.

While Apple has done an overall great job in naming these apps, you may still be confused by what they do or whether you actually need some of them — and this is true whether you’re a recent convert to Mac Switched: The Convert's Guide to the Mac and OS X Switched: The Convert's Guide to the Mac and OS X Thinking of switching from your Windows-based PC to a Mac? Learn everything you need to know in order to make that transition painless. Read More or a long-time satisfied Mac veteran Drinking the Kool Aid: 8 Reasons People Love Their Macs Drinking the Kool Aid: 8 Reasons People Love Their Macs When you can buy a laptop for under $500, and a Chromebook will satisfy most people's computing needs, why do people insist on spending well over $1000 on a Mac? Read More .

In this post, we’ll go through ALL of the default applications that come installed with Apple’s desktop operating system, explain what they do, and whether you should care about them or not.

Your Basic Mac Apps

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App Store.app (Useful): The App Store is one method for installing new apps How to Install & Remove Mac Software: 5 Easy Methods How to Install & Remove Mac Software: 5 Easy Methods Switched to a Mac and getting to grips with the basics? Wondering how to install software from the command line? Got old Windows apps that you simply must run on your Apple computer? Read More on your system, but even if you never use it for this reason, it still serves an important purpose: maintaining the update cycle of El Capitan itself.

Automator.app (Very Useful): This app provides a way for you to automate hundreds of different system actions that you can combine and use to perform complex tasks without any programming or scripting knowledge. Do you need it? Not really. Should you learn it? Absolutely.

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Calculator.app (Useful): I personally use this app on a daily basis, whether to update my personal budgets, calculate estimated tax payments Yes, You Need to Pay Taxes on eBay & Craigslist Sales Yes, You Need to Pay Taxes on eBay & Craigslist Sales Read More , or just offload whatever bit of mental math I don’t feel like doing at the moment — but it’s often faster to use Spotlight’s instant math feature instead Search More Efficiently In Mac OS X With Our Top Spotlight Tips Search More Efficiently In Mac OS X With Our Top Spotlight Tips Spotlight has been a killer Mac feature for years, with Cupertino regularly schooling Redmond in the art of desktop search. Here are a few tips to help you find more on your Mac. Read More .

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Calendar.app (Very Useful): This app is a clean and efficient way to manage your day-to-day tasks. It may not be the most advanced calendar app out there, but it’s more than enough for most users who aren’t, say, running a small business. Syncs with iCloud.

Chess.app (Not Useful): Why is Chess a system application in Mac? Furthermore, why did Apple think it was necessary to protect it with System Integrity Protection What Mac Users Need To Know About El Capitan Security What Mac Users Need To Know About El Capitan Security Security is the biggest change to OS X 10.11 El Capitan. OS X is now so locked down even root users can't modify the operating system – let's go over what that means, shall we? Read More ? But I digress. Chess is just a straightforward offline-only chess app.

Contacts.app (Useful): This app is essentially a digital Rolodex that stores contact information on your friends, family members, and acquaintances. It syncs with iCloud, allowing the information to be used in other iCloud apps like Mail.

Dashboard.app (Useful): Dashboard provides a central screen that you can load up with widgets. A widget is like an interactive “mini-app” that only resides on Dashboard, like a calendar viewer or a weather forecast. And yes, you can install third-party widgets if you want 11 Mac Dashboard Widgets You'll Actually Use 11 Mac Dashboard Widgets You'll Actually Use How long has it been since you used your Mac's Dashboard? If you're like most users, it's been a long time – and that's too bad. Read More .

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Dictionary.app (Useful): A simple but potentially useful app if you ever need access to a dictionary, thesaurus, or Wikipedia. Provided by the New Oxford American Dictionary and Oxford American Writer’s Thesaurus, respectively. I personally never use it.

DVD Player.app (Not Useful): This app may as well be obsolete. Modern Macbooks, iMacs, and other Apple machines don’t come equipped with DVD drives anymore, so DVD Player is only useful if you have something like an external DVD drive. Besides, apps like VLC can handle DVD playback anyway.

FaceTime.app (Useful): FaceTime is basically the Apple version of a more streamlined Skype: you can initiate and receive both audio calls and video calls with other FaceTime users. Unfortunately this means you can only use this between Apple devices. If you have friends or family on Windows or Android, you’ll need Skype, Google Hangouts, and so on.

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Font Book.app (Very Useful): Unlike in Windows or Linux, Mac comes with a built-in font management utility that makes it a breeze to install, preview, and delete font families from your system. I like it because I’m a big font freak Spruce Up Your Website With These 12 Beautiful Google Web Fonts Spruce Up Your Website With These 12 Beautiful Google Web Fonts Over the past decade, I've started a number of personal blogs that I never really followed through with, but some of my fondest memories rest on theme design and font tweaks. There’s something satisfying when... Read More and Font Book can separate system fonts from user-installed fonts, making it easier to know what I’ve installed.

Game Center.app (Not Useful): Game Center is meant to be a central area where you can find games, both single- and multi-player, to play on your own or with friends. It requires your Apple ID as a sign-in. Unfortunately there aren’t many games, and the ones that exist aren’t noteworthy. For Mac App Store games, Apple forces developers to use Game Center for multiplayer — hence why you’re often better off buying elsewhere instead Why You Should Avoid Buying Games From The Mac App Store Why You Should Avoid Buying Games From The Mac App Store The Mac App Store doesn't hold a candle to the same store used by iPhone and iPad users to guzzle apps, games and in-app purchases. Read More .

GarageBand.app (Useful): A simple and intuitive music studio that you can use to create loops, music, or even podcasts Step-By-Step Guide To Using GarageBand Step-By-Step Guide To Using GarageBand With Apple's GarageBand, you don't need a recording studio anymore. Having a Mac and a feel for the music suffices to launch your own project. Read More . A lot of new musicians use this as a stepping stone to more complex apps like Logic Pro X, and it’s so useful that this app alone is one reason why some Windows users convert to Mac in the first place.

iBooks.app (Useful): iBooks is like iTunes for ebooks. It comes with a built-in store where you can purchase thousands of titles (including recent mainstream releases) or you can import your own if you have ebooks on your system. I primary use it as an ebook reader and manager — and I love it because it’s both simple and beautiful. Supports both EPUB and PDF formats.

iMovie.app (Useful): A simple and intuitive movie editor that you can pretty much think of as “GarageBand for movies”. You can import raw clips and images, edit them together, and polish off with text, music, and basic post-processing effects. You’d be surprised by how many YouTube videos were made using iMovie!

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iTunes.app (Useful): Everyone knows about iTunes — even those who have never touched a Mac in their life! Over the years, it has morphed into a kind of all-in-one media manager for music, movies, TV shows, and iOS devices. but I primarily use it for managing and listening to podcasts 15 Top-Notch Podcasts for Programmers & Software Developers 15 Top-Notch Podcasts for Programmers & Software Developers Podcasts are a fantastic way to learn more about programming. Here are some of our favorite programming-related podcasts for your listening pleasure. Read More . For music and other forms of media, I prefer using an iTunes alternative Alternatives to iTunes: 5 Best Free Music Players for Mac OS X Alternatives to iTunes: 5 Best Free Music Players for Mac OS X Unless you're chained to the iTunes ecosystem and have no choice but to use it, you may want to consider switching to one of these alternatives. Read More because iTunes is bloated and can be slow at times.

Image Capture.app (Not Useful): If you have a scanner or camera connected to your computer, you can use Image Capture to take images. Some older digital cameras may rely on an app like Image Capture to import directly from the device, but most now have Wi-Fi sharing (or you can just pop the SD card into your reader).

Keynote.app (Useful): Keynote is Apple’s answer to Microsoft PowerPoint. With it, you can create all kinds of interesting presentations Create Elegant & Cool Multimedia Presentations Using Apple's Popular Keynote [Mac] Create Elegant & Cool Multimedia Presentations Using Apple's Popular Keynote [Mac] The best demos of Apple's multimedia program, Keynote, are the ones co-produced by the legendary Steve Jobs. Watch nearly any of his keynote presentations on YouTube, and you can quickly see how if used effectively,... Read More ranging from simple and elegant to complex and advanced, especially once you’ve learned a few tricks of the trade 3 Advanced Keynote Presentation Tricks You Should Know [Mac] 3 Advanced Keynote Presentation Tricks You Should Know [Mac] Read More . It can import and export to PowerPoint formats, so no need to worry about compatibility.

Launchpad.app (Not Useful): Launchpad was added as a way to unify the experience between iOS and Mac, but I’m not sure this was necessary. Its primary function is to help you find and launch apps, but Spotlight can do the same thing (and Spotlight is objectively better in every way, especially because it can find lost files in a heartbeat How to Find Lost Files on Mac OS X How to Find Lost Files on Mac OS X We've all been there: you finish working on a document, save it, close the window, and... where'd it go? Read More ). You can access launchpad by hitting F4, or pinching with four or more fingers on a trackpad.

Mail.app (Useful): The default app for handling email accounts and inboxes. It’s actually quite good if you ask me, but I don’t use it because there are a few interface quirks that I don’t like. Instead, I use Postbox as an alternative mail client, 5 Apple Mail Alternatives for Mac OS X 5 Apple Mail Alternatives for Mac OS X Every Mac comes with a free email application, but it's not the be-all and end-all of OS X email solutions. Here's five of the best alternatives. Read More  but lots of people use Mail and love it.

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Maps.app (Useful): To be honest, I really like Maps because the interface is straightforward without being primitive and the animations are buttery smooth. You can also send directions straight to your iPhone or iPad via the Share button, which is nice. Unfortunately it’s still not quite as good as Google Maps 13 Google Maps Tips for Smarter Navigation on Your iPhone 13 Google Maps Tips for Smarter Navigation on Your iPhone Google Maps is a "communication tool" now. Let's look into the benefits – some new, and some old – which can help us make sense of the world around us. Read More .

Messages.app (Useful): Messages lets you send and receive unlimited text messages with other iMessage users, and these messages can include photos, audio clips, and other kinds of files. It’s most useful if you have a lot of Apple fan friends, but you can get it to work with Jabber and a few other IM protocols if you want OS X Messages: Use Facebook, Stop Automatic Emoji & More Tips OS X Messages: Use Facebook, Stop Automatic Emoji & More Tips The Messages app is often overlooked in favor of more robust IM clients, but it can be a fantastic way of keeping in touch with people if you know how to set it up properly. Read More .

Mission Control.app (Very Useful): When you activate Mission Control, everything “zooms out” so you can see all of your active apps at once. This makes it really easy to switch from one app to another without command+tabbing a bunch of times, especially if you have ten or more apps open. It’s also great for managing multiple virtual desktops How to Use Multiple Desktops in Mac OS X How to Use Multiple Desktops in Mac OS X Multiple desktops were originally added Apple’s desktop operating system in 2009, but a large number of users are still surprised to find the feature exists at all. Read More , which every Mac user should be doing.

Notes.app (Useful): Though Evernote and OneNote are the two reigning kings of digital note-taking Evernote vs. OneNote: Which Note-Taking App Is Right for You? Evernote vs. OneNote: Which Note-Taking App Is Right for You? Evernote and OneNote are amazing note-taking apps. It's hard to pick between the two. We compared everything from interface to note organization to help you choose. What works best for you? Read More , Apple Notes is catching up. It integrates with iCloud so it’s the best option if you use both Mac and iOS Should You Be Using Apple's Notes for iOS and OS X? Should You Be Using Apple's Notes for iOS and OS X? For the first time since its release, Apple Notes for both OS X and iOS may be worth considering. Read More , otherwise you may want to stick with a more cross-platform option. If you do end up using Notes, master these tips for maximum productivity 10 Tips to Get the Most out of Apple Notes on OS X 10 Tips to Get the Most out of Apple Notes on OS X Have you switched over to Apple's vastly improved Notes app? Here are a few tips on improving your workflow. Read More .

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Numbers.app (Useful): Just as Keynote is the Apple version of PowerPoint, Numbers is the Apple version of Excel. It’s too bad that Apple chose to name it this way — the app itself is great, but the name is vague especially when looking for Numbers tips online. If you do a lot of spreadsheet work, you’ll use this one a lot.

Pages.app (Useful): Here we have Apple’s answer to Microsoft Word and the trend holds true here: simple, straightforward, but nowhere near as feature-rich. It’s fantastic for getting words on a page — and that’s more than enough for most — but if you need a full-blown word processor, you may want to opt for one of these paid alternatives instead 5 Mac Word Processors To Help You Write That College Paper 5 Mac Word Processors To Help You Write That College Paper Finding sources to cite is easy. Planning a paper is easy. Sitting down and writing the thing? Much harder — do yourself a favour and get the right tool for the job. Read More .

Photo Booth.app (Useful): Need to take a photo or video of yourself? Photo Booth can do that using your Mac’s built-in camera, or an externally-connected camera, in three modes: single photo, four quick photos, or a movie clip. You can also add over 20 different effects if you want to have some fun.

Photos.app (Useful): A central library that makes it easy to organize and manage your photos and videos. It won’t take photos or videos (use Photo Booth for that) but it’s great for storing albums and creating “projects” like slideshows, prints, cards, and so on. It can even edit RAW files, but serious photographers should still consider using Lightroom 3 Reasons All Photographers Should be Using Adobe Lightroom 3 Reasons All Photographers Should be Using Adobe Lightroom A lot of people aren't quite sure where Lightroom fits into things. It's an image editor… but it's not as good as Photoshop? Here's everything explained. Read More instead.

Preview.app (Very Useful): If you view a lot of images or regularly read PDF documents, then prepare to use Preview often. It can also handle other file types, including raw camera output The Best Free RAW Image Processors For Mac OS X The Best Free RAW Image Processors For Mac OS X Photoshop is expensive, and while many are happy to fork out a monthly fee for Adobe's revised Creative Cloud system, others will always turn to free software first. One thing is for sure: if you're... Read More , PowerPoint presentations, and Photoshop PSDs. Note that there are some cool Preview tricks you should master 10 Tips You Need to Know About Mac Preview 10 Tips You Need to Know About Mac Preview Read More (like splitting and merging PDFs Your Mac Has Built In Tools For These 10 Everyday Tasks Your Mac Has Built In Tools For These 10 Everyday Tasks Want to dictate notes, look up words, and merge PDFs? Your Mac has in-built tools for these tasks and more! Read More ).

QuickTime Player.app (Useful): Not only is this the default video player for Mac, QuickTime Player comes with a lot of other useful functionality as well 7 Handy Tasks QuickTime Player Performs for Free 7 Handy Tasks QuickTime Player Performs for Free You've probably changed the file association so QuickTime never gets used, so you've probably overlooked its bounty of useful features. Read More , including the ability to record audio, record your screen, splice videos, and upload to YouTube.

Reminders.app (Useful): You might think Reminders is an alarm app — which isn’t untrue since it does have alarm functionality — but it’s actually a to-do list app. Create multiple lists with multiple items in each list, then set alarms on individual items if you wish (according to time or when you enter a location How to Set Up Location Alerts in iPhone Reminders How to Set Up Location Alerts in iPhone Reminders Set location-based alerts using the iOS Reminders app and never forget to buy bread or pick up a package ever again. Read More ). It syncs to iOS devices through iCloud, can be used for recurring alerts too.

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Safari.app (Very Useful): Safari is Mac’s window to the internet. A lot of people recommend choosing Chrome over Safari Safari vs. Chrome on OS X: Which Browser Is Right For You? Safari vs. Chrome on OS X: Which Browser Is Right For You? Chrome or Safari? It's not a clear-cut answer. Truth is, brand loyalty is counter-productive. You should revisit your options regularly to see if maybe something better exists. Read More , but there are several good reasons why you shouldn’t use Chrome on a Mac 10 Reasons You Shouldn’t Use Chrome on a MacBook 10 Reasons You Shouldn’t Use Chrome on a MacBook Chrome is, for many people, the first thing installed on a new Macbook. It makes sense: in its early days Chrome gained a reputation for being lightweight and fast. Read More . As for me, I’m a big fan of Opera even though it has flaws compared to other browsers Which Browser Is Best? Edge vs. Chrome vs. Opera vs. Firefox Which Browser Is Best? Edge vs. Chrome vs. Opera vs. Firefox The browser you're using right now may not be the best one for you. The browser arena changes so frequently that your conclusions from comparisons made last year may be completely wrong this year. Read More .

Stickies.app (Not Useful): Stickies lets you create and maintain “sticky notes” that sit on your desktop. This concept was really popular back in the early 2000s, but now that we have dedicated notes apps like Evernote and its alternatives The Best Alternatives to Evernote You Need Today The Best Alternatives to Evernote You Need Today Has Evernote's recent price increase and two-device restriction for the free plan disturbed your note-taking workflow? Then, it's time to take another look at some of the best Evernote alternatives. Read More as well as smartphone-based reminders, Stickies is little more than unnecessary clutter.

TextEdit.app (Not Useful): Though it’s often described as a “word processor”, TextEdit is more like Notepad than Word — and for simple text editing, there are so many better and more powerful alternatives 5 Powerful OS X Text Editors For Those Who Need Them 5 Powerful OS X Text Editors For Those Who Need Them Finding a good text editor is no laughing matter. Whether you're a writer, web designer or programmer you'll be surprised how much of a difference the right tools can make. Read More that nobody should be using TextEdit anymore. My editor of choice? Sublime Text.

Time Machine.app (Very Useful): Knowing how to use Time Machine is a MUST for any and all Mac users. This app makes it easy to migrate your personal data to a fresh Mac installation, or it can restore your system to a previous point How to Restore Data From Time Machine Backups How to Restore Data From Time Machine Backups It's really easy to set up Time Machine, the backup software that comes with every Mac — but how do you get your files back when things go wrong? Read More if something ever goes catastrophically wrong. And it’s even easier to use with these third-party tools Schedule & Browse Time Machine Backups With These Powerful Tools Schedule & Browse Time Machine Backups With These Powerful Tools From custom backup times to finding out where those 2 GB of new files are, the right apps can give you power and knowledge Apple's own tools just don't provide. Read More .

A Peek Inside the Utilities Folder

The Utilities subfolder in the Applications folder contains a handful of system utilities that may or may not be useful to you on a day-to-day basis, but will likely come in handy at one point or another.

Activity Monitor.app: Similar to Task Manager on Windows but more in depth. View everything from CPU usage per process to total RAM availability, from energy impact per process to overall network activity. It’s one of the most important built-in system utilities 9 Useful In-Built Mac OS X Utilities You've Probably Never Used 9 Useful In-Built Mac OS X Utilities You've Probably Never Used While you're not forced to become familiar with them, there are a handful of useful utilities included with Mac OS X. Read More .

AirPort Utility.app: Used to set up and manage AirPort base stations (AirPort Express, AirPort Extreme Apple AirPort Extreme Base Station Review and Giveaway Apple AirPort Extreme Base Station Review and Giveaway Today, I'll be putting the Apple AirPort Extreme through its paces, seeing how much of a benefit I'll achieve over the top tier router supplied by my cable company. Read More , and AirPort Time Capsule), which are basically Apple’s proprietary line of Wi-Fi cards and routers.

Audio MIDI Setup.app: Set up and manage audio devices on your system.

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Bluetooth File Exchange.app: Set up and manage Bluetooth connections with nearby compatible devices.

Boot Camp Assistant.app: Set up and manage a dual-boot configuration, allowing your system to boot into either Mac or Windows. It’s the preferred method for getting Windows on your system 4 Ways To Get Windows On Your Mac 4 Ways To Get Windows On Your Mac Want Windows 8 running on your Mac, but don't know where to start? Let us show you how. Read More .

ColorSync Utility.app: Grants finer controls over the color display and color profiles of your system. If your colors look off and you sure it isn’t caused by a color-shifting app like F.lux Can F.lux & Night Shift Really Improve Your Sleep Habits? Can F.lux & Night Shift Really Improve Your Sleep Habits? Excessive use of computers, tablets, and smartphones can lead to deteriorated sleep quality -- but do apps like F.lux and Night Shift really counteract those effects? The science is pretty clear on this. Read More , then you may want to tinker around with it.

Console.app: A tool that lets you view various system logs and diagnostic reports. Very useful for finding and troubleshooting system errors once you learn how to use it.

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Digital Color Meter.app: A nifty utility that displays the color value of any pixel on your screen. Color values can even be displayed in other formats such as Adobe RGB.

Disk Utility.app: A tool that gives you basic information and control over your disk drives. It’s the recommended way to erase disk drives, including USB and external drives How To Securely Wipe A Hard Drive [Mac OS X] How To Securely Wipe A Hard Drive [Mac OS X] The new MacBook lineup is upon us, and the hardware is delicious, albeit with a hefty price tag. Perhaps you'll use this chance to get a new computer. Since Mac computers have great resell value,... Read More .

Grab.app: Takes screenshots. While it isn’t as useful anymore because Mac has system-wide screenshot keyboard shortcuts How To Take Screenshots On Your Mac: Tips & Tools How To Take Screenshots On Your Mac: Tips & Tools There are many ways to take screenshots with OS X, using both built-in and third-party tools — each with its advantages and disadvantages. Here's everything you need to know. Read More , Grab does come in handy for its “Timed Screenshot” option which has a 10-second delay.

Grapher.app: Enter one or more mathematical equations and Grapher will graph them for you.

Keychain Access.app: A password manager that syncs with iCloud iCloud Keychain: Why You Want It & How To Use It iCloud Keychain: Why You Want It & How To Use It iCloud Keychain is a secure password manager for both OS X Mavericks and iOS 7 for iPhone and iPad. Use it to quickly and easily log into websites, Wi-Fi networks, Internet accounts, and more. Read More . It can be used to instantly log into websites, Wi-Fi networks, social accounts, and more. And because you don’t need to remember your passwords anymore, they can be both long and tough — which better protects your accounts against hackers You Need to Start Using a Password Manager Right Now You Need to Start Using a Password Manager Right Now By now, everyone should be using a password manager. In fact, not using a password manager put you at greater risk of being hacked! Read More .

Migration Assistant.app: A quick wizard for migrating your personal data onto your current system, either from another Mac, another PC, another drive, or a Time Machine backup.

Script Editor.app: Lets you create AppleScript scripts, which can perform complex tasks involving apps on your system or the system itself. It’s frequently used for task automation as it’s more powerful (but also more advanced) than Automator.

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System Information.app: Provides deep level information involving the hardware, software, and network of your system. For example, if you want to know the manufactured part number of your RAM modules, this is where you’d look.

Terminal.app: A command line utility for Mac. Starting with OS X 10.3, the default shell is Bash — this means that the command line experience between a fresh install of Mac and Ubuntu is nearly identical. For full control of your system, learning the command line is recommended.

VoiceOver Utility.app: A screen reader tool for visually-impaired users.

Hopefully this overview helps Mac newcomers! Which default Mac apps do you use all the time? Which ones do you never use? Share with us in a comment down below, and if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask!

  1. Hans de Wolf
    October 2, 2016 at 7:00 am

    The ColorSync utility is also an excellent tool to reduce the size of your PDFs. Open PDF, select filter, apply, save new PDF. If you want you can define your own filter (e.g. max 300 dpi, average JPEG quality)

  2. John Dershall
    September 30, 2016 at 3:22 pm

    Please forgive me for being a hater. I'd like to think I have a good reason (I don't).
    I have worked with / for Apple for over a decade. I believe if you really considering switching to Apple devices now in the late 2016, not knowing what some native applications (doesn't) do is the least of your troubles...

    This is my take on the list above clearifying some of the reasons:

    AppStore - source of "iOSque" software. Only rarely can you find something usefull here. Good developers woldn't touch it with a bargepole.
    Automator - yes, you can stick with bash, that is why you have bought a unix based device in the first place, ain't it? (Alternatively you don't know what UNIX is and than you are a victim).
    Calculator - useless, but common
    Calendar - useless, famously unreliable, will not play well even with OS X Server.
    Chess - I've been using Macs for over a decade, this is the first time I have noticed!
    Contacts - the iOS have duplicated your contacts? This app has decent chance of fixing it without loosing too much data.
    Dashboard - useless feature a lot of people are surprised still exists
    Dictionary - useless
    DVD player - useless
    FaceTime - hw specific chat software, like a bread you can only cut with a golden knife, useless
    Font Book - old as os x itself, usefull for dealing with font issues (if you are the sort of person who has font issues).
    Game Center - bad joke
    GarageBand - audio editor for pre-teens
    iBooks - compared to Calibre useless
    iMovie - video editor for pre-teens
    iTunes - a prison for your iPhone
    ImageCapture - because iPhone will not act as Mass Storage device
    Keynote - so little features and so much hype, 10 templates chosen with taste
    Launchpad - "iOSque" program launcher, useless
    Mail.app - yes, you need to restart this app 7 times a day to make it catch up with your iPhone
    Maps.app - On desktop? I don't get it!
    Messages.app - the face time faux-pas all over again, should be noted that it does not play well with OS X server
    Mission Control - very uneffective task/window switching
    Notes.app - hw specific note taking app (unlike evernote, simplenote or onenote)
    Numbers.app - hw specific spreadsheet app - you'll do better with libre office
    Pages.app - hw specific text editor app - you still haven't installed libre office?
    PhotoBooth.app - because taking selfies with a phone is so hard
    Photos.app - the reason one does no longer use local photo managers (unless you are a professional and you are ready to suffer for it)
    Preview.app - universal file viewer, usefull!
    QuckTimePlayer.app - some usefull features offset by its inability to play most video / audio formats. Replace with VLC
    Reminders.app - remind me what reminders are good for?
    Safari.app - the lest used (and least useful) os specific browser in the world.
    Stickies.app - really surprised it still exists
    Time Machine.app - with the arrival of ssds the most reliable method of loosing all your data while having the warm feeling of daily backups. Specially dangerous in combination with the Time Capsule. Ask at your local data recovery provider :D

    Honorable mentions:
    Terminal.app - exactly what it says, very usefull
    HomeBrew/MacPorts - the appstore you were looking for
    AirPort Utility.app - so you have expected to setup your new apple router with browser? Dream on!
    Disk Utility.app - the only volume management app I have seen that will not read S.M.A.R.T.

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