iMac

Wait Until June Before Upgrading Your Mac

If you've got a Mac and are thinking about upgrading to a new model now, just wait a bit longer. Apple teased their next Worldwide Developers Conference for June 7, 2021. "WWDC21 will offer unique insight into the future of iOS, iPadOS, macOS, watchOS, and tvOS" according to Apple. So just hang on to see what new models wield the powerful M1 chip (which is currently only on the Macbook Air, Macbook Pro 13", and Mac mini) as well as a possible physical redesign. If speculation comes true, these new devices will be worth waiting for.

Should I Get an M1 Mac or Wait for the Mac Pro?

M1 Apple Chip

Episode 1765

Mike from IRC Chat

Mike wants to know when the M1 MacPro will come out. Leo says that the latest rumor is that a new M1 Mac Pro won't arrive until 2022, giving pros plenty of time to consider whether to move from Intel to the M1 platform. Leo hears that the M1 Mac Pro will be smaller, maybe even half the size since it runs faster and cooler. Should Mike go with an M1 iMac? Leo says not until Spring.

How Can I Move Photos From My Old iMac to My New iMac?

iMac

Episode 1765

Adam from Putnam Valley, NY

Adam has an old 2007 iMac that still runs well, but it's not very good for the Internet. He wants to use it as a secondary computer next to his newer iMac.  Leo says to make sure both computers are attached to the same iCloud account. That will make sure that the older Mac is synced properly. Leo also said that it's likely running iPhotos, the older version of Apple Photos. So it may have iCloud turned off. So turn that on. 

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.