How to speed up a slow Mac?
Read our free guide on how to speed up a slow Mac computer. Our guide on how to speed up a slow Mac computer provides an easy to follow and easy to understand way on how to speed up a slow Apple iMac computer or how to speed up a slow Apple MacBook Pro laptop computer. Our Apple Mac hands on technical guide on how to speed up a slow Mac computer will take you thru the actual steps that are needed to complete this guide.
The quickest way to speed up a slow Apple Mac computer is to perform Apple Mac computer maintenance to optimise the storage volume and to optimise the Apple MacOS operating system software processes running in the background.
Why do Apple Mac computers become slow or very slow?
Today with both SSD solid state Apple Mac computers and conventional mechanical hard disks on older 2007 to 2019 Apple iMac computers and on older Apple MacBook Pro 2009 to MacBook Pro 2016 laptop computers the mechanical storage volume will become slow over time and eventually fail stop working a design feature of a mechanical storage volume can simple slow down the Apple Mac computer to protect the data on the mechanical storage volume. In addition if the mechanical storage volume becomes full or has only 10% or 20% free storage capacity the Apple Mac computer becomes slow or very slow.
Apple Mac thermal heat on MacBook Pro and Apple iMac!
All Apple Mac computers run a task known as a kernel_task, this background process is designed to control the performance of the cpu microprocessor to slow down the cpu microprocessor when the thermal heat of the cpu is running at a high temperature, by design the kernel_task process which can be see in the Apple Activity Monitor uses up ram memory to run the process task. So the more heat the Apple Mac is generating the slower the Apple Mac computer will become. by design all intel cpu microprocessors run at a high temperature and need good cooling technology.
Over Time a Apple iMac desktop computer or a Apple MacBook Air or Apple MacBook Pro laptop computer will simply collect dust, which will cause the Apple Mac computer to heat up, if many applications are open or running in the background a Apple iMac computer or Apple MacBook Pro laptop computer will run the internal fans at a high speed causing annoying fan noise.
For the Apple MacBook Pro laptop computer having a battery that i showing a battery service or battery maintenance is needed, the heat from the battery can cause the Apple Macbook Pro to produce more heat and in effect become even more slow. A Apple MacBook battery will generate heat when charging, causing the Apple MacBook Pro laptop computer to slow down or to start the kernel_task process.
To optimise a Apple iMac desktop computer and Apple Macbook Pro laptop computer from getting hot or overheating. Clean the air ducts and the fan ports on the Apple Mac computer by using a small vacuum hoover to remove the dust from the Apple Mac ports and vents. By having a clean Apple Mac computer can help improve the performance of the Apple Mac computer.
How to optimise the Apple Mac startup items!
One of the best ways to speed up a slow Apple Mac computer is to reduce or to stop applications and non third party Apple Mac computer software utility and tools from starting up with the computer. To control which applications start up when the Apple Mac computer is switched on or restarted use the System Preferences and choose the Users and Groups Icon, then click on the Login Items panel and use the – symbol to remove all of the items show in the list. This will optimise the memory performance of the Apple Mac computer when the Apple Mac computer is restarted.
How to optimise the Apple MacOS operating system software.
The best way to optimise the performance of a Apple Mac computer is to keep the Apple MacOS operating system software up to date, each year Apple launches a new Apple MacOS operating system software for use on Apple Macs that have the right hardware to support the Apple MacOS operating system software upgrade. A Apple Mac computer will only apply updates to the same Apple MacOS operating system software that is currently installed. To upgrade to a newer Apple MacOS operating system software version a manual task of allowing a Apple MacOS operating system software upgrade is needed.
What is the best Apple MacOS operating system software for my Apple Mac computer to use?
As a guide the Apple iMac 2009 computers can run Apple MacOS Lion 10.7 to Apple MacOS Sierra or Apple MacOS High Sierra.
- The Apple iMac 2010 to 2011 computers will run either Apple MacOS High Sierra or Apple MacOS Mojave.
- The Apple iMac 2012 to 2019 computers will run Apple MacOS Catalina.
- The Apple iMac Mid 2020 computers will run Apple Mac OS Big Sur
- The Apple Mac mini 2011 computer can run Apple MacOS Lion 10.7 to Apple MacOS High Sierra 10.13.6.
- The Apple MacBook Pro 2014 to MacBook Pro 2019 computers will run MacOS Catalina.
- The Apple MacBook Pro 13 inch 2014 and Apple MacBook Pro 2015 can run MacOS Big Sur.
- All Apple Mac computers that are 2015 to 2021 can run Apple MacOS Big Sur.
How to optimise the performance of a storage volume?
The best way to optimise a storage volume is to reduce the amount of used storage space if possible, with both SSD solid state drive and mechanical storage volume hard disk drives and Fusion drives on the Apple iMac computers, using conventional software tools for Apple Mac computer storage maintenance on a SSD solid state drive is not recommended and can cause a SSD solid state drive to fail or shorten its life. By having a SSD solid state drive that is full or nearly full makes the SSD solid state drive work much more harder and again this can shorten the life of the SSD.
The best way to optimise the a mechanical storage volume is to use a Apple Mac computer maintenance tool to help speed up a mechanical storage volume, over time a mechanical storage volume will build up caches, and temporary files, which will cause the mechncahal storage volume to take it longer to read and write data to the mechanical hard disk. By performing Apple Mac computer maintenance service on a Apple Mac computer with a mechanical storage volume can speed up a slow Apple iMac computer or speed up a slow Apple MacBook Pro laptop computer.
Upgrade from a mechanical storage volume to a SSD solid state storage volume.
The best way to speed up a slow Apple Mac computer is to replace the mechanical hard disk drive with a SSD solid state storage drive, this can transform a slow Apple Imac 2009 computer from being very slow to becoming as almost as fast as a iMac 2019 computer that has a slow 5400 1Tb hard disk installed.
All new Apple Mac computers today have a SSD Flash storage which Apple MacOS Big Sur optimises to make all Apple Mac computers today in 2021 fast vs a older generation of Apple Mac computers.
Keith Thomas is a Apple Support Specialist that worked at Apple Computer UK as a senior Apple Mac computer engineer and Apple IT support consultant, providing Apple computer technical support services to the general public and to Apple Authorised Service Providers, and Apple Authorised Premium Resellers in the UK United Kingdom.
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