upgrading

Should I Buy a New Laptop or Can I Upgrade?

SSD

Episode 1796

John from Fallbrook, CA

John is about to retire to Portugal. What computer should he upgrade to before he leaves? Leo says he may not have to. Try replacing the spinning drive in the current computer with an SSD drive. Leo also says to boost RAM as high as he can afford. Both those moves will greatly increase the performance of his existing computer. These days new processors haven't increased in speed like the old days. The processing power has been largely incremental. 

Should I Upgrade to M1 MacBook Air or Wait for the New Pro?

MacBook Air

Episode 1790

Al from Columbia, SC

Al has a 2015 MacBook Pro and he's looking to upgrade to a new model. Is the MacBook Air a good model? Leo says that Al will be very happy with it. It's got the M1 processor, a max of 16GB of RAM, and two Thunderbolt 2 ports. And it's not that different from the MacBook Pro, other than a fan.  He will also get a TB in storage and an extra GPU core.  So if he can afford it, max it out.  So now is a good time to buy, but keep in mind that June is WWDC and Leo is expecting new MacBook Pros to be announced, including a 16" model.

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 My Macbook Pro Run Zoom?

Zoom

Episode 1768

Penny from Apple Valley, CA

Penny and her boyfriend are both teachers, and they teach people gardening and welding. Both now require distance learning, but they aren't very computer savvy. Will her 2012 Macbook Pro do the job? Leo says that Apple limits what version of the operating system she can update to using that Mac. It's possible that the age would prevent updating to the latest macOS, which Zoom may require. But the 2012 model should be OK. Check out AnyMac.com to see what version of macOS is compatible. 

Should I upgrade to macOS Big Sur?

Episode 1747

Jim from Atlanta, GA

Jim recently bought a Mac Mini to do freelance video editing. He also recently got a MacBook Pro laptop from work to do editing at home. He had to roll back to Mojave after problems in Catalina. Should he update to macOS Big Sur? Leo says no. Big Sur has problems right now, and if you're using your Apple products for working, there's no rush or advantage to upgrading the OS.

Big Sur is a huge change, and is primarily written for Apple Silicon Macs. So if there's no real need, why rush?