Why is my Mac Slow?

Why is my Mac Slow?

If you find your Mac is running slowly, there are a number of potential causes that you can check.

Your computer’s startup disk may not have enough free disk space. To make disk space available, you can move files to another disk or an external storage device, then delete files you no longer need on the startup disk.

macOS can also help you optimize storage by storing files in the cloud and helping you identify files you no longer need.

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An app you’re using may require more memory than your Mac has easily available. To see how much memory your Mac has, choose Apple menu > About This Mac, then check the amount of memory listed in the Overview pane. See the documentation that came with the app to find out its system requirements.

To find out how to increase your computer’s memory, choose Apple menu > About This Mac, click Memory, then click Memory Upgrade Instructions in the lower-right corner. (Not available on all computers.)

Quit any app that isn’t compatible with your Mac. For example, an app may require a different processor or graphics card. See the documentation that came with the app for information about its system requirements.

To see what processor your computer has, choose Apple menu > About This Mac, then click Overview.

To see what graphics card your computer has, choose Apple menu > About This Mac, then click Displays. The name of the graphics card in your computer is displayed in the middle of the window.

Quit any apps you’re not using.

Repair a storage device in Disk Utility on Mac
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If you have problems with your disk, use Disk Utility to verify and try and fix any issues.

The following issues may be related to your hard disk:

  • Multiple apps quit unexpectedly
  • Files become corrupt
  • An external drive does not operate properly
  • Your computer doesn’t start up

See the Repair a disk topic in the Disk Utility User Guide.

Conclusion

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The MacBook Pro with an Apple M1 Chip Is the Best 13-Inch Laptop You Can Buy

The MacBook Pro with an Apple M1 Chip Is the Best 13-Inch Laptop You Can Buy

The M1 chip was the centerpiece of Apple’s “One More Thing” product event from November 2020. The groundbreaking hardware bit debuted on the Mac mini, the MacBook Air, as well as the 13-inch MacBook Pro.

Key Specs

• Apple M1 chip with 8-core CPU and 8-core GPU, Neural Engine
• 13.3-inch Retina display with True Tone Technology, P3 color gamut
• 8/16GB of RAM; up to 2TB SSD
• Touch Bar & Touch ID fingerprint sensor
• Two USB-C ports with Thunderbolt 3/USB 4 compatibility

The MacBook Pro with an M1 chip has the same design and 13-inch Retina display panel as the Intel-equipped model. It also has the same keyboard, trackpad, and Touch Bar.

All About the M1 Chip

The Apple M1 is the first computer chip that’s built via a 5-nanometer process. The technology has packed 16 billion transistors—microscopic computer processor building blocks—into a minuscule space. The same process has been used in the making of the industry-leading A14 Bionic chip that powers the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro.

By combining all essential components (CPU, GPU, Neural Engine, memory) together into one chip, the M1 delivers unmatched blend of power and energy efficiency. According to Apple, the chip is up to two times more capable than its rivals in terms of graphics and processing power. Compared to the eighth-generation Intel Core chips found in the previous entry-level MacBook Pro, the performance leap is even bigger.

Because of the M1 chip and the optimized software for it, the new MacBook Pro made quick work of my busy work tasks—frequently switching between a double-digit number of open browser tabs, an email client, Slack, Spotify, Zoom, and Affinity Photo, among other apps.

The MacBook Pro with an Apple M1 Chip Is the Best 13-Inch Laptop You Can Buy
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The MacBook Pro with an Apple M1 Chip Is the Best 13-Inch Laptop You Can Buy
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A High Watermark for Battery Performance

Calling the battery life of the 13-inch MacBook Pro with an M1 chip epic is an understatement. With up to 17 hours of web browsing and 18 hours of video streaming between charges, the notebook delivers more screen-on time than any other MacBook.

However, the above numbers are not what will entice you. Instead, it will likely be the new MacBook Pro’s ability to consistently deliver insane battery life from mixed use.

Conclusion

Apple offers the 13-inch MacBook Pro with an M1 chip with up to 16GB of RAM and up to 2TB of SSD storage. Unless you really need the bigger memory options (up to 32GB of RAM and up to 4TB of storage respectively), as well as the additional USB-C ports that the pricier 13-inch Pro with an Intel processor offers, this is the compact MacBook to get.

The MacBook Air with an Apple M1 chip, on the other hand, has excellent performance and battery life in a more elegant form factor — with no cooling fans — for less. However, it’s important to note that the GPU of the entry-level variant is not as capable as the MacBook Pro’s—upgrading it will bring their pricing almost on par. Its Retina display has a lower maximum brightness, too.

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Which Mac’s can run macOS Big Sur?

Which Mac’s can run macOS Big Sur?

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macOS Big Sur elevates the most advanced desktop operating system in the world to a new level of power and beauty. Experience Mac to the fullest with a refined new design. Enjoy the biggest Safari update ever. Discover new features for Maps and Messages. And get even more transparency around your privacy.
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But can your Mac run macOS Big Suri? Yes, if you have the following Mac’s in your possesion:

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iMac 2014 and later

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MacBook Air 2013 and later

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MacBook 2015 and later

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Find the right Power Adapter and Cable for your MacBook

Find the right Power Adapter and Cable for your MacBook

Find the right Power Adapter and Cable for your MacBook

Learn which power adapter, cable, and plug works with your MacBook, MacBook Pro or MacBook Air computer.

Power adapters for Mac notebooks are available in 29W, 30W, 45W, 60W, 61W, 85W, 87W, and 96W varieties. You should use the appropriate wattage power adapter for your Mac notebook. You can use a compatible higher wattage power adapter without issue, but it won’t make your computer charge faster or operate differently. If you use a power adapter that is lower in wattage than the adapter that came with your Mac, it won’t provide enough power to your computer.

Mac notebooks that charge via USB-C come with an Apple USB-C Power Adapter with detachable AC plug (or “duckhead”), and a USB-C Charge Cable. 

Mac notebooks that charge via MagSafe come with an AC adapter with MagSafe connector and detachable AC plug, and an AC cable.

The images below show the style of adapter that comes with each MacBook, MacBook Pro, and MacBook Air. If you’re not sure which model Mac you have, use these articles:

USB-C

Apple 29W or 30W USB-C Power Adapter and USB-C Charge Cable

 

  • MacBook models introduced in 2015 or later

Apple 30W USB-C Power Adapter and USB-C Charge Cable

  • MacBook Air models introduced in 2018 or later

Apple 61W USB-C Power Adapter and USB-C Charge Cable

 

  • 13-inch MacBook Pro models introduced in 2016 or later

Apple 87W USB-C Power Adapter and USB-C Charge Cable

 

  • 15-inch MacBook Pro models introduced in 2016 or later

Apple 96W USB-C Power Adapter and USB-C Charge Cable

 

  • 16-inch MacBook Pro models introduced in 2019

Make sure you’re using the correct USB-C charge cable

For the best charging experience, you should use the USB-C charge cable that comes with your Mac notebook. If you use a higher wattage USB-C cable, your Mac will charge normally but you won’t see an increase in charging speed. USB-C cables rated for 29W or 30W will work with any USB-C power adapter, but won’t provide enough power when connected to a power adapter that is more than 30W, such as the 61W USB-C Power Adapter.

You can verify that you’re using the correct version of the Apple USB-C Charge Cable with your Mac notebook and its USB-C AC Adapter. The cable’s serial number is printed on its external housing, next to the words “Designed by Apple in California. Assembled in China.” 

  • If the first three characters of the serial number are C4M or FL4, the cable is for use with the Apple 29W or 30W USB-C Power Adapter.
  • If the first three characters of the serial number are DLC, CTC, FTL, or G0J, the cable is for use with a USB-C Power Adapter of any wattage.
  • If the cable says “Designed by Apple in California. Assembled in China” but has no serial number, you might be eligible for a replacement USB-C charge cable.

You can verify that you’re using the correct version of the Apple USB-C Charge Cable with your Mac notebook and its USB-C AC Adapter. The cable’s serial number is printed on its external housing, next to the words “Designed by Apple in California. Assembled in China.”

MagSafe 2

85W MagSafe power adapter with MagSafe 2 style connector

 

  • 15-inch MacBook Pro models introduced in 2012 through 2015later

60W MagSafe power adapter with MagSafe 2 style connector

 

  • 13-inch MacBook Pro models introduced in 2012 through 2015

45W MagSafe power adapter with MagSafe 2 style connector

 

  • MacBook Air models introduced in 2012 through 2017

About the MagSafe to MagSafe 2 Converter

If you have an older MagSafe adapter, you can use it with newer Mac computers that have MagSafe 2 ports using a MagSafe to MagSafe 2 Converter (shown).

MagSafe “L” and “T” shaped adapters

60W MagSafe power adapter with "T" style connector

 

  • 13-inch MacBook Pro models introduced in 2009
  • MacBook models introduced in 2006 through mid 2009

60W MagSafe power adapter with "L" style connector

 

  • 13-inch MacBook Pro models introduced in 2010 through 2012
  • MacBook models introduced in late 2009 through 2010

85W MagSafe power adapter with "T" style connector

 

  • 15-inch MacBook Pro models introduced in 2006 through 2009
  • 17-inch MacBook Pro models introduced in 2006 through 2009

85W MagSafe power adapter with "L" style connector

 

  • 15-inch MacBook Pro models introduced in 2010 through 2012
  • 17-inch MacBook Pro models introduced in 2010 through 2011

45W MagSafe power adapter with "L" style connector

 

  • 13-inch MacBook Air models introduced in 2008 through 2011*
  • 11-inch MacBook Air models introduced in 2010 through 2011

* Adapters that shipped with the MacBook Air (Original), MacBook Air (Late 2008), and MacBook Air (Mid 2009) are not recommended for use with MacBook Air (Late 2010) models. When possible, use your computer’s original adapter or a newer adapter.