Macbook Pro

Can I put an SSD in my new MacBook Pro?

Apple MacBook Pro

Episode 1315

Jimmy from Inglewood, CA

Jimmy got a new MacBook Pro and he's looking to get an SSD that a neighbor was selling. Leo says it may not work because of the design of Apple laptops. Every laptop is designed specially and it may need a custom fit SSD. If it's a standard SSD, he may be OK.

How can he clone his hard drive to the SSD? Leo says to use SuperDuper. He can then make it bootable. Once he knows that works, he can then remove the old drive and then put the SSD in.

Should I wait to buy a new MacBook Pro?

Apple MacBook Pro

Episode 1295

John from Monterey, MX

John has a 2010 MacBook Pro and it's started to fail. Will there be a new MacBook Pro announced at WWDC? Leo says that he's been waiting for WWDC. They usually announce new Macs there. The word is that Apple doesn't have plans to do so, though, and they've gotten slower and slower in updating them. We can be pretty sure that Apple will have a new MacBook in the fall, but Leo says to not bother waiting. The update really isn't going to be that big of a deal.

(UPDATE: Apple did not release any new Macs at WWDC.)

Should I buy a Mac or build my own computer for gaming?

Apple MacBook Pro

Episode 1263

Ian from Lakeview Terrace, CA

Ian is 11 and wants to know if he should buy a MacBook or build his own gaming computer. Leo says that building a computer is a fun project, and a great learning experience. But if something goes wrong, he'll have to be his own support. If he buys a computer, then he'll have a company to support him. Leo also says that running Steam means that many games are ported to the Mac, but most gamers are on PC, and that means Windows. But if he's planning on doing other things like getting into video editing, then Leo would recommend the Mac.

Why are my icons pixelated on my MacBook with Retina display?

Apple MacBook Pro

Episode 1255

Danny from Los Angeles, CA

Danny is having issues running Adobe Photoshop Elements 10 on his MacBook with Retina display. The icons look pixelated. Leo says that is a common issue with the Retina display when using an older version of an app. Apple deliberately makes the display larger and at half the resolution so he can see what he's looking at. He'll get the full resolution for videos and images, however.