iMac

What's a good computer for making home videos?

Episode 1372

Alex from Los Angeles, CA
Apple iMac

Alex would like to make a video of his daughter growing up using video and pictures. He was thinking about getting a Mac for it. Leo says Macs have a great video editing program called iMovie that comes with all models for free. Leo expects new desktops to come within the next month or so, but even if he didn't wait, he wouldn't be losing out on performance. Apple's iMac would be ideal, but it would cost him more. He could save some money and get a 21", but Leo recommends spending more and getting the 27" iMac. The larger screen really helps.

How can I make my Mac run faster?

Episode 1364

Jeff from Pasadena, CA
Apple iMac

Jeff would like to know how to speed up his Mac. Leo says to try starting up the Mac in Safe Mode and then go into the System Preference pane to see what's starting up in the background. Jeff can also try zapping the PRAM (Command + Option + P + R). That can make it run faster. He should also browse his System Extensions folder.

Jeff should log into his unused Administrator account and see if it runs faster. If it does, then he'll know something is running in his account that's slowing it down.

Should I buy a pre 5K iMac?

Episode 1349

Randy from San Juan Capistrano, CA
Apple iMac

Randy wants to buy a new, pre-5K 27" iMac for $1,000. Good deal? Leo says if it's a pre 5K it should have a pretty hefty discount, and Leo says that is a pretty good deal. So Leo recommends buying it. The processors aren't really that much better with the modern versions. The resolution on the screen is the major difference. He can save a lot of money going with the pre 5K model.

Should I buy a new 5K iMac?

Episode 1300

Laura from San Diego, CA
Apple iMac with 5K Retina display

Laura has had an iMac for 9 years and is wondering if she should upgrade her Mac to a new one. She's looking at the 5K iMac. Leo says it's a beauty and the best computer that Apple makes. Leo says that's a beautiful choice, but she shouldn't feel like she needs to buy a new computer if all she needs to do is replace the hard drive in the old one.

Should I wait to buy a new MacBook Pro?

Episode 1295

John from Monterey, MX
Apple MacBook Pro

John has a 2010 MacBook Pro and it's started to fail. Will there be a new MacBook Pro announced at WWDC? Leo says that he's been waiting for WWDC. They usually announce new Macs there. The word is that Apple doesn't have plans to do so, though, and they've gotten slower and slower in updating them. We can be pretty sure that Apple will have a new MacBook in the fall, but Leo says to not bother waiting. The update really isn't going to be that big of a deal.

(UPDATE: Apple did not release any new Macs at WWDC.)

Should I upgrade my iMac for editing 360° Video?

Episode 1283

Rich from Westville, IL
Apple 4K and 5K iMacs

Rich is looking to upgrade his 2005 iMac to process videos with Final Cut Pro. Leo says that Final Cut will use the Graphics Processor Unit to render, so he'll want to get not only a faster Intel processor, but a faster video card.

The new iMac has a gorgeous screen, but he may get more benefit out of a Mac Pro since it has dual graphics cards and a Xenon processor. Since Rich wants to shoot 360° video, it'll take about 4 hours for every minute shot to encode and process it.