iMac

Consider Backing Up Your Mac Before Updating to Big Sur

Just in case something goes wrong, make sure to back up your Mac Computer before committing to an OS update as Apple releases Big Sur in the near future.  

1. Move your data to a new drive

2. Create a ghost user account in the internal hard drive

3. Create a copy of the home directory on the external drive.

Check out an in-depth Home Directory episode on Big Sur preparation by watching the latest Hands-on Mac, hosted by Leo! Twit.tv/hom30

Should I Use Clean My Mac to Optimize My Mac?

Clean My Mac

Episode 1731

Joel from Garden Grove, CA

Joe used an app called Clean My Mac to do some spring cleaning. Leo says it's a good program and works just fine. Avoid MacKeeper, but Clean my Mac is fine. But there are some things on the Mac he doesn't know what they are. Leo adds that isn't common. All computers have files that he won't know what they are, but they are important for the operating of the computer. So don't be overly aggressive. That'll cause problems.

 

 

Should I Get a New MacBook Pro or iPad Pro?

iPad Pro

Episode 1731

Kevin from San Clemente, CA

Kevin is looking to get a new MacBook Air or MacBook Pro. Or maybe an iPad Pro. What should he get? Leo says that the iPad Pro will cost the same as a laptop and has the same processor as the new Apple Silicon models will have. But he'll want to be sure to get the magic keyboard. With that, it'll perform just like a laptop. Leo would be reluctant to buy a MacBook or an iMac until the new Apple Silicon models are announced. That could cause the Intel models to drop in price. Should he wait a year to shake out all the bugs in Apple Silicon? Leo says not necessarily.

Can I Install Linux On My Old iMac?

Majaro

Episode 1725

Patrick from Fallbrook, WI

Patrick has an old 2008 iMac and he's looking to repurpose it. He wants to install a new SSD, more RAM, and try and get it up to Catalina. Leo says it's possible, but he says that High Sierra is good enough. Leo says to watch the videos at iFixIt.com on how to upgrade on an iMac to see if he's up for it, because it's challenging, including removing the LCD screen to get to it.

Should I wait to upgrade my iMac?

Apple Silicon

Episode 1724

Jim from San Clemente, CA

Jim has a 2009 iMac. He's thinking about buying a new one, or wait for the new Apple Silicon models? Leo says if you need it now, go get a new iMac. Leo doesn't think the Apple Silicon iMacs will be out for at least a year and Apple will be supporting Intel macs for "years to come." So there's no reason to wait.

Also, should you buy the first version of anything? You can get one next time around.

Can I use another monitor with my iMac?

Dell S2319NX Monitor

Episode 1720

Syd from Encino, CA

Syd has a 5 year old iMac, and her husband recently knocked it off the desk, cracking the screen. She's been using it still, but the crack continues to grow. Apple says it'll cost almost as much as a new iMac to fix it. Can she use another monitor? Leo says yes. You can consider your iMac monitor dead and use Thunderbolt 2 or HDMI to connect a second monitor to it.  But you'll also have to go into the display settings and select "mirrored" to put the video signal onto the new monitor.

New Products Expected on Monday's WWDC Virtual Keynote

Apple

Episode 1705

Apple's Worldwide Development Conference is virtual this year, and Monday's keynote is expected to have new product announecments including a new updated iMac, perhaps an iPhone announcement, and iOS 14, which will have "Car Key," an app that will enable users to open up their car and start it. Leo says that this is officially a bad time to buy Apple Products until we know what's coming. So play wait and see until Monday.

Is My Hard Drive Failing?

iMac

Episode 1703

Tracy from Long Beach, California

Tracy's iMac takes about an hour to boot up. What's wrong? Could it be ransomware? Leo says no, it's more than likely a worn-out hard drive. Back up data and get a new hard drive. But Leo says it's not trivial to replace a hard drive in iMac. She will need a ton of special tools, including a giant suction cup. She can get the tools from iFixit.com and watch videos on how, but Leo says it's just a better idea to have Apple do it and get an SSD to replace it. Right now, she can arrange to drop off and pick up. Just call Apple to arrange.

Should I Buy An iMac Pro?

iMac

Episode 1701

Kathy from Ventura, CA

Kathy is thinking about getting an iMac Pro. Leo says that while it's super-fast, it's also ridiculously expensive. If she's not doing something extremely challenging like video gaming or editing multiple 4K streams, then she really doesn't need to spend all that money. These days, all computers are fast enough to do 95% of what we do. The real issue for Kathy is wanting to drive multiple monitors, but she can do that with a regular iMac. The 27" 3Ghz six-core 5K iMac has two Thunderbolt 3 ports, and you can always get an HDMI adapter.

Can I use an old iMac as a display for a new mac?

iMac

Episode 1698

Mark from Panama City, FL

Mark has a 2012 iMac and a 2018 Mac Mini, along with a 2016 MacBook Pro and 12" iPad Pro. Can he hook up his Macbook Pro or his MacMini to his iMac and use the display? It can on a limited number of iMacs and is called Target Display Mode. IT requires a thunderbolt connection. Here's how - https://support.apple.com/guide/mac-help/use-an-imac-as-a-display-mh30822/mac. It may not work with Mark's model, but you can do it. Only for models mid 2011 to late 2014.