ï»¿The Info-Mac.org site itself started back in 1984, and it released its app back in June of this year. Info-Mac claims to be one of the “oldest communities on the entire Internet.” More detail about its history can be found on its Wikipedia page.
The website and app pretty much mirror one another. The are both totally ad-free and straightforward. Their features include, of course, a community forum, Mac-related headlines, a blog section, and a Classifieds and Buyer’s Guide section.
The forum section includes a hierarchy of topical discussions, including Mac and mobile hardware software, third-party hardware and software, web design, and Mac newbie questions. User-posted topics are varied, from beginner to expert questions and feedback. Each forum includes an RSS feed, making it an easy way to stay updated on selected topics.
The headlines section includes snippets of news from Info-Mac itself and links to other sites such as AppleInsider, Macworld, Ars Technica, Computerworld, etc. There doesn’t seem to be a lot discussion activity by Info-Mac members to posted Headlines, but if you’re visiting the site on a regular basis, it’s a useful way of staying abreast of industry updates.
Classifieds and Buyer’s Guide
Info-Macï»¿ seems to be one of the few Mac user community forums to include a Craigslist-like Classifieds section in which members can sell or request to purchase Apple related hardware. There’s no description of how sales transactions take place.
There’s also a simple Buyer’s Guide section that includes comparative charts for Apple hardware. It might be useful if these charts included links to member reviews of selected hardware.
Both the content of the ï»¿Info-Mac website and the iForum app are searchable and topics can be subscribed to and saved for later review.
The free iForum app is well streamlined and easy to use. It includes in-app registration and a home page for all its major features. You can also of course create, reply and track topics.
The only big drawback is that external links to news items must be opened in Safari. There’s no built-in browser to quickly read linked pages. Also, unlike its companion website, the iForum app doesn’t include Facebook, nor Twitter integration.
Statistics-wise, ï»¿according to its homepage, Info-Mac has 3278 members. Membership activity is not active as compared to the more popular MacRumors.com forum, but perhaps the new iForum app may bring some much deserved traffic and participation.
Info-Macï»¿ seems to be a friendly and useful way to share Mac related information and opinions. Let us know what you think about it. Also, let us know about other Mac community forums you frequently visit.
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