iMac

Should I Wait for the M1 Apple Imacs?

Apple M1 Chip

Episode 1756

Vernon from Edmonton, Alberta CAN

Vernon is thinking about upgrading to the new M1 Macbook Pro. But he would really like a desktop. Leo says to wait until the new M1 iMacs come out. No need to get another Intel machine at this point. Leo suspects that next Spring will bring a bevy of new desktops coming with not only the M1 chip but an even more powerful model with more RAM. 

What about a NAS? Leo says you can take that old Desktop and convert it into a homebrew NAS using FreeNAS and multiple drives, but Leo says a five-bay Synology NAS is a better option. 

What's a Good Desktop Computer for Photos & Backup?

5K iMac

Episode 1753

Brent from Riverside, CA

Brent has photographs in a whole bunch of different locations online and on his computer and wants to get them all together into a central location. He wants to get a desktop computer that can really help him to organize and back it up. Leo says that a good Windows computer is Dell. But really, desktop computers are a commodity. So it almost doesn't really matter what kind of computer to get. Leo would recommend Mac over Windows though, and a new  5K iMac is a good solution for this. Then buy Apple's iCloud storage for the backup. Or Dell and Microsoft One Drive.

Is My iMac Display Dying?

iMac Display

Episode 1748

Dennis from Escondido, CA

Dennis' 2011 iMac is showing lines on a white screen. Leo says it could be a failed monitor, or even the cable that connects to your monitor has failed. The OS may have been corrupted as well. Try booting into recovery mode. CMD+R. That will bypass the loading of the OS and will allow you to reinstall the OS. You can also try target display mode. If the problem persists, the Mac needs replacing., because it'll cost too much to fix.

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.