Mac

When Should I Upgrade My Mac?

M1

Episode 1786

Brian from Wildomar, CA

Brian does a lot of video production for his church and he's looking to update his Mac. Should he go with the 15" M1 Mac? Leo says that the M1 is very fast and doesn't have to deal with overheating. Battery life is spectacular. But since everyone is expecting new MacBooks in June, Leo says to wait. The rumor is that there will be a 16" M1X Macbook very soon. Maybe even this month at the Apple iPad event. But it's a long shot. June is probably more likely. 

Why Can't I Use My M1 Mac After an Update?

2020 M1 Mac Mini

Episode 1781

Peter from Brooklyn, NY

Peter bought an M1 Mac, but he's having an issue with it. He tried to update from Apple, but it won't update, and now he can't recreate his account after reinstalling macOS.  Leo says that many people are having this issue, and the fix requires a device firmware update, or DFU, that requires a second Mac, which isn't very helpful. Here's now - https://9to5mac.com/2020/12/31/how-to-restore-m1-macs-reinstall-macos/.

Use Apple's Family Sharing With Up to 5 Others Members

If you want to let a family member use some of your favorite apps, media content, and iCloud storage, use Apple Family Sharing. It lets you share stuff with up to five family members, from music to TV+ movies. This is also useful for letting family members use your device without letting them know your individual Apple ID. As an adult (the organizer), just invite the others to join, then select which services can be shared. The other members still see their own personal content and recommendations personalized for their Apple IDs.

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.

Is There a 3rd-party DAC for My Mac Mini?

 Bit Perfect

Episode 1753

Jeff from Cederville, OH

Jeff has an online radio network that he runs on a series of Mac Minis. But he found a bug in the audio that's causing a whine. Leo says that it's likely from the digital-analog converter (DAC) chip that has failed. He recommends getting a USB DAC, rather than just paying to repair it. The quality audio will be better.  But if he has Apple Care Plus, Apple will just replace the logic board. 

Click Show Package Contents to Access Your Photos in iPhoto

If you recently bought a new Macbook to replace a much older Mac, you may have trouble restoring old backups of photos and video stored in iPhoto from the elder machine. Pictures in iPhoto are stored in a blob called the "library". You have to right-click on the icon (which is secretly a folder) and select Show Package Contents, then you can find the original photo files (possibly sorted by year) that can be copied to your backup location.

Can I Run Linux on Mac?

Manjaro

Episode 1741

Manny from Lincoln, NB

Manny is looking to get a new MacBook Pro. Leo says we're only about a month away from the new Mac laptop announcement, so it'll pay to wait. What can he do with his old Macbook? Put Linux on it? Leo says that putting on Linux is doable, but there are always some issues with Apple Hardware. The old the machine the better, and it would pay to google the distribution he's looking at and Macbook Pro and see what issues pop up. Leo's favorite for the Mac is Manjaro.

Rebuilding a Mailbox in Apple Mail

Sometimes, your mailbox database does not visually reflect reality. If you have a situation like a deleted message still appearing in your Apple Mail account, you will probably see an error message. A database is a binary blob of information, so it may need to be updated via a rescan from time to time. In the Apple Mail app, select the particular mailbox in the sidebar, then choose "Mailbox" and "Rebuild" afterward. Your mailbox may appear empty until the attachments/messages are all downloaded back to your device.