TiPb Apps 5.4: iStat for iPhone

iStat for iPhone

Rene talks to Marc Edwards of Bjango about iStat [$0.99 on sale - iTunes link] for iPhone, iPod touch, and... iPad!

iStat lets you monitor the resources on your iPhone, including voice and data usage, RAM, storage, networking, up time, processes, and more, and remotely monitor resources for your Mac, Linux, or Solaris server. Additional tools include ping and traceroute. If you want to sit on the sofa and watch your octocore's CPU's to see when that big transcode or render is done, or if you want to try and narrow down a problem at your serve co-lo from the coffee shop, give iStat a shot and let us know what you think.

Note: If you're a fan of iStat Menus on the Mac, they're running a poll [Google Spreadsheet link] on future versions so head on over and let them know what you think about price points and features.

Watch along after the break!


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Rene Ritchie

Editor-in-Chief of iMore, co-host of Iterate, Debug, Review, Vector, and MacBreak Weekly podcasts. Cook, grappler, photon wrangler. Follow him on Twitter and Google+.

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TiPb Apps 5.4: iStat for iPhone

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I wonder if you have to install a server on home pc for it to work. I would like to be able to see what programs use up all of my CPU on all my computers. Right from the iPhone . Looks like a useful utility

I'm with Ben, it needs windows support and I'm all over it. I manage 30 client servers and it would be nice to check up on them via iPhone.

I would like to see a Windows version, too. Only have one Linux server to monitor, and it's not being pushed at all. The Windows server, however, would be good to monitor.

I agree with the prior comments. It would be AWESOME if they released a windows version. However the iphone usability itself is pushing me to get this app.

Rene, there's a long history behind iStat. This App included a "free up memory" feature at one point. it worked perfectly until Apple decided to cut this feature out which lead to tons of negative reviews of iStat.
Sure it was Apple's fault, but shame on the developer as well- In the description of the upgrade in the app store that had the memory feature removed, they overwhelmed the description with tons of non important add ons and only then put "removed free memory feature as per Apple's request" dead last on the list to purposely not make it noticeable.
It turned out to be a move that hurt their rating system big time. Went from nearly five stars to barely 2 at one point. Since they were forced to remove the memory thing b/c of Apple, they should of put in bold letters at the T O P of the description what that upgrade was about to do/remove.
At the time, it was the sole purpose of this app and was the reason why everyone was buying it.

@Gino -- Fair point. I can see how some would be upset about that.
FWIWI I've been using iStat since it was first released and almost never used the memory killer because it struck me as dodgy from the start (no offense to Bjango). Apple has a built-in method to kill all tasks (hold sleep until the red power off appears, then hold home until the device resets to home screen). That's always been fine for me.
However, the iPhone has no built in system resource monitoring tools, especially not for remote servers.

This is a great app both for the iPhone and Mac! It would be nice to monitor down/up bandwidth usage on the iPhone especially if you have PdaNet tethering enabled for example. In any case, iStat is a must have for Mac and iPhone tech enthusiasts who like to know what's going on underneath the hood of their devices.

I use istat on my mac and as @gino says above did the update and pretty much rendered it useless as far as I was concerned. The did come up with another app that free's up memory.

This application is absolutely fantastic. For even the casual owner of a higher end machine, being able to remotely check on things and see what's going on inside is extremely valuable and interesting. Personally, 99 cents is almost embarrassing; I would much rather they put this up around the 2.99 range, and even that's a bargain. Kudos guys!

99cents for this app is a steal! its purpose is something valuable rather than dumb apps that don't do much. kudos!

I don't care so much about the iPhone stats (might be useful for jb-ers though), but the remote management tools look excellent. Needs Windows versions though. Will it work on my non-server mini?

So, after reading this post, I immediately downloaded iStat and must say it has quickly become one of my most used apps on my iPhone. I used to have one of those "iBattery" apps and this app does so much more. Excellent app, especially for the price! Good job!

"Will it work on my non-server mini?"

Absolutely. It'll work on any Mac. To have access via 3G/Edge/GPRS, you'll need to allow the port in your firewall.

"FWIWI I’ve been using iStat since it was first released and almost never used the memory killer because it struck me as dodgy from the start (no offense to Bjango)."

No offence taken. It's not an elegant approach, but the only one possible with 3rd party software. And it did work. It was actually added just before release. The main point of iStat is the monitoring of your iPhone and Mac/Linux computer.

"Since they were forced to remove the memory thing b/c of Apple, they should of put in bold letters at the T O P of the description what that upgrade was about to do/remove."

We would have loved to, but we couldn't. It simply wasn't an option (yes, if you just guessed why, you're probably right).

Thanks for the review on this product. I didn't realize that I could get the same info for my MacBook Pro. I thought this was for the iphone only. This is something that I will be getting.

I love iStat on my Mac, and I love this app on the iPhone platform as well. I love fast changing numbers and pie graphs lol.

Really considering downloading iStat. I would love to have a better look at memory/battery etc. Price doesn't seem too unreasonable either.

It turned out to be a move that hurt their rating system big time. Went from nearly five stars to barely 2 at one point. Since they were forced to remove the memory thing b/c of Apple, they should of put in bold letters at the T O P of the description what that upgrade was about to do/remove.