iMac

Can I put 64GB of RAM in my 5K iMac?

Apple iMac

Episode 1232

Robert from Belmont Shores, CA

Robert is frustrated that his iMac doesn't have enough RAM. 32GB is just not enough for editing 4K video. Leo says that it could be a hardware limitation. The most he can install is 4 to 8 GB sticks. He could invest in the Mac Pro instead, but Leo thinks its terrible. What is Apple up to? Leo says nobody knows. The iMac is faster, better and more reliable than the Mac Pro according to Leo. Will Apple change their tune? No. They want him to buy a Mac Pro if he wants that much RAM. So they have no reason to improve the RAM capacity in the iMac.

How can I replace the hard drive in my iMac?

Apple iMac

Episode 1227

Martin from Rancho Cucamonga, CA

Martin wants to put a solid state drive in his 27" iMac. Leo says that adding an SSD is a great thing to do, but it's not easy with an iMac. Leo had his engineers do it, because he needed a special suction cup to lift the glass screen off to take out the hard drive and replace it. It's doable, but it's not for the faint of heart. Leo recommends going to iFixIt.com and he can find a special step by step, along with the parts and tools required.

Can I add RAM to the 5K iMac?

Episode 1216

Cameron from Virginia

Cameron wants to know if the 5K iMac needs more RAM than what it comes with. Leo says that the 5K iMac is incredible and has amazing performance. Leo says that there is a port on back to add memory, but it'll be a lot easier to add it when buying it. Leo suggests getting as much memory as you can afford. For most people, 8GB is fine. But if you're into video editing or photo editing, or you just keep a lot of tabs open in the browser, then doubling or even quadrupling that is a good idea. So get what you can afford.

Why does it seem like more people have issues with Apple products lately?

Apple iMac

Episode 1201

Bob from New Mexico

Bob says he's noticed that Leo has been getting more calls from people having problems with Apple than ever before. It used to be that everyone called about Windows. Leo says no technology "just works," and they all have problems. Leo uses Macs though, and he thinks that people call him because he's more Mac friendly than his competitors might be. Macs tend to be more virus free, but that could just be the fact that virus makers use Windows more. Apple's desktop computers are still not the dominant platform, though.

Should I buy a 5K iMac for digital photography?

Apple iMac

Episode 1199

Todd from Inglewood, CA

Todd would like to keep shooting photos on film, but he's having trouble finding labs that can provide quality prints. So he's forced himself to learn digital photography. Leo says the good thing about digital photography is that he can self edit on the fly and keep what works and what doesn't. Then he can print them.

Todd is also looking for a new Mac. Should he go with the Mac Pro? Leo says no. Leo thinks that the Mac Pro is filled with problems. He went around and bought a 5K iMac and says it's ideal for editing and showcasing photography, thanks to that 5K Retina screen.

How can I recover files from a Mac that won't boot up?

Apple FireWire to Thunderbolt Adapter

Episode 1194

Dennis from Grand Rapids, MI

Dennis has an old iMac from 2006 and he's having problems getting it to boot up. How can he move files from the old Mac to his new Mac? Leo says that there's a utility option called "Target Disk Mode." Press and hold "T" on startup and it'll put the Mac into Target Disk Mode. This means the Mac will appear as an external hard drive to the computer it's connected to.