Questions dealing with performance of Apple hardware or software, especially about troubleshooting or improving poor performance.

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How to fix 10.8 internet sharing resulting in poor file sharing performance and no Time Machine server?

TL;DR - File sharing performance is extremely poor on a Mac Pro running 10.8.2 with file sharing enabled. Using it as a Time Machine server also no longer works in this setup. I have been ...
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Is it good to keep apps closed on iOS devices?

Is it better to keep apps closed (double tap home button, hold the icon, and exit the app), as much as possible on iOS devices? I know the more apps one has open, the more RAM, for example is used, ...
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What does FreeMemory actually do?

There's a highly-rated app on the Mac App Store called FreeMemory. It claims to be able to "increase your free memory with a simple click." Although it's free right now, I believe it normally goes ...
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Is 3G-less iPad considerably faster on wifi than iPad 3G?

I've just experimented with three 3G-less iPads and they all were much faster than this one iPad 3G that just never goes through my 128mb download, all over the same wifi. They're also all 16gb, if ...
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Want to increase spead and reponsiveness in older Mac

Current Information: Software: Mac OSX (10.5.8) Processor: 2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo Memory: 1 GB 800 MHz DDR2 SDRAM I want to get my computer moving faster, specifically around safari, itunes, ...
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How to choke network preformance on OS X [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to simulate slow internet connections on the mac For testing purposes I would like to choke the performance of the network on my OS X 10.8.2 machine. I have ...
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How does iPhone5 battery fare with always ON 3G, not heavy music listening (+ 1-2 hours of Bluetoth), ocassional GPS and Camera use? [closed]

I WILL keep the 3G always switched ON. Also continuous syncing of some services like Gmail, Twitter, Contacts/Calendar/Task apps, WhatsApp, FlipBoard/GoogleCurrents, SimpleNote, Instagram, IM, ...
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Apple TV required switching hardware / mobile WiFi router

I am considering Apple TV for a trips, but usually the hotels' wifis' connections are separated. I came up with using my Vodafone branded Huawei R201 mobile wifi router for that purpose, but I am not ...
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Why does running Luxology Modo cause a marked increase in performance for other 3D graphics apps?

Original post is at the bottom, newest update at the top. ;) I didn't think to add this before, but you can download a 15-day trial of Modo for free if anyone want to try this for themselves. If ...
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How to identify CPU and memory usage per process on iPhone?

There are many common apps available to show total system RAM usage and free. However, my understanding is only a jailbroken phone has access to the APIs to access PER PROCESS memory usage on iOS. ...
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Does Mac OS X load average reporting (via top) include processes waiting on IO?

I'm looking at the output of top to view my system's load average. I want to understand whether the load average is reporting processes just waiting for CPU, or whether it's reporting processes that ...
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How can I fix Firefox's jagged scrolling on Lion?

I noticed that scrolling in Firefox on Lion is not very pleasant experience. Is there a way to optimize it for better performance? I tried smooth scrolling setting - but it didn't do anything.
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How to isolate the most disk-active process(es) in OS X?

I have some process(es) performing a lot of drive access from time to time, however I've hitherto been unable to isolate which process or processes are performing the access. What shell command can I ...
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Why do I get serious execution lag on clicks, application switching and general usage

I have an MBP 8.1, early 2011, 13 inch, Mountain Lion. Whenever I leave it on for more than a couple hours, I get serious execution lag on every command. For example: I click something (a link, ...
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Can CPU Speed Stepping be prevented?

A while ago, I asked a question regarding the reason behind my computer slowing when it had ~5% battery or less. I was told that it was either CPU speed stepping or the Macbook Pro automatically ...
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helpd uses 100% CPU after installing any application with documentation

I see that after installing a software that ships with documentation in OS X’s help document format, the helpd process uses 100% CPU for up to 5 minutes or so. I also see this when you first install ...
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Animated GIF images are slow on iOS

Animated GIF images seem incredibly slow since iOS 4.3ish. Prior to that, animated GIFs worked just fine and had the same speed as on a computer. I don't mean loading the GIF, but the speed of the ...
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How can I disable CPU throttling on Late 2006 MacBook with no battery?

The problem I am experiencing is that if the battery is not present, the CPU is automatically throttled. I have done some searching and have found that this is apparently by design, "in case the ...
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Are there general or specific iOS6 performance issues on iPhone 4?

I would like to upgrade my iPhone 4 to iOS6 but I'm wondering if I will get performance loss (as when I upgraded my iPhone 3G to iOS4 : terrible). Can someone confirm that it won't affect my day to ...
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How can I reproduce the Finder sort order without asking Finder to sort for me?

I work with a large collection of mostly-text files subdivided by series, periodically mirroring them from an upstream repository and repackaging them using a shell script from a slightly chaotic ...
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How To Record CPU and Memory Usage Data

I want to profile the execution of a program to see what in particular is slowing it down - whether it hits a memory cap or if my CPU is not powerful enough. Activity Monitor (the one that comes with ...
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Is there a way to monitor the stack of execution in order to find the longest hangs?

Related to this unsolved mystery: apple.stackexchange.com/questions/62416/why-do-i-get-serious-execution-lag-on-clicks-application-switching-and-general I'm wondering if there's a way to see which ...
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How can I disable CPU throttling and CPU disabling?

On a 2011 17" MacBook Pro (i7, 10.6, 16GB ram) I do not have any options in the energy saver preference panel to control CPU throttling. I need to be able to disable CPU throttling for short periods ...
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How much does Hardware Growler affect performance?

I'm interested in knowing how much Hardware Growler affects performance. My MacBook's performance at some of point in time became terrible and I could not figure out the reason. The Beachball of ...
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Will SSD improve iPhoto and Aperture responsiveness?

I have a late 2008 Macbook with Core 2 Duo and plenty of RAM and HD space. (8GB of RAM, max for my machine) Every time I do some work in iPhoto and Aperture, my CPU usage goes up to around 60-80% ...
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Move Large, Frequent files closer to center of HDD

Is there a native/third-party utility (or native trick) to move large, frequently-used files closer to the center of the disk? I was under the impression that the OS tried to automatically optimize ...
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Will FileVault reduce the power of my hybrid SSD+HDD?

I have a MacBook with a Momentus XT hybrid SSD+HDD drive. It have a 500GB HDD plus 4GB SSD which, as I could check, it uses as a cache for read operations. It uses some kind of black magic to ...
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How can I diagnose really poor performance of my 13" MBP 2011 on 10.6?

The specs are: 2011 MBP 13" Core i7 4Gb RAM 320Gb HDD (not SSD) I use the system for work everyday, I almost always run the following: Mail.app Chrome (7-10 tabs) Terminal (2-3 sessions) Skype ...
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Safari “Find” is slow

Safari is fast at everything, except "Find". When I hit command-F, I get the beachball for 5 to 25 seconds (and then the Find bar appears as normal and everything's good again). I have plenty of ...
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Does the performance increases when the memory increases in Apple products?

I am planning to buy an iPad 3. My choices are, iPad 3 - 32GB with wifi iPad 3 - 16GB with wifi + 4G I'm so confused to select my best choice. Actually the problem is, some of my friends telling ...
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Apple iPad - intermittently crashing

I've inherited a 1st generation iPad. It seems to work fine, except for the reason I inherited it, which is that every so often, whichever app is running will simply close for no discernible reason. ...
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How does Apple achieve such an ultra fast boot up?

I'm a recent Mac user (MBP) and the booting time really surprises me. Within few seconds, from complete power down, the OS prompts you to log in, then the rest just flies! And even faster recovery ...
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Safari slowdown issues

Safari is quite slow when I open new tabs. I get a busy cursor, and I cannot interact with other tabs. Is there any way to make it faster? I have a 2010 MacBook Pro, MacOS 10.6.6, Safari 5.0.3.
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Computer slows when battery is low

My Macbook Pro running Mountain Lion slows down dramatically when the battery is below 4-5%. All the applications running are very slow to respond, and several have the "Application not responding" ...
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How to disable any and all eye-candy features on Mac OS X 10.6.8?

I'm going to install Linux Mint virtual machine and work primarily through there. I want to shut off any and all eye candy on Mac to squeeze out every last bit of performance I can. Akin to "Set for ...
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Which Time Machine backup destination over Wi-Fi to choose: old computer running Ubuntu or Time Capsule?

Here is my situation. I live in a shared house where there is already a wireless router that other people use. I have a Macbook Air that has 128GB of hard drive. I want to use Time Machine for ...
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Do computers slow down as they age?

I have an eMac I bought in 2004. I just used the system restore CD to re-install Panther, iLife '04, Internet Explorer for Mac(!), etc. I don't have any timed specs from "back then", so I can't answer ...
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Can a reduced number of processes lead to improved performance with OS X 10.8?

I updated to OS X 10.8 and my process count went from about 75 under Mac OS X 10.7.4(?) to 96. What can I do to fix this? I use my Mac (MacBook Pro, Mid 2010, 2.8 Ghz Core i7, 8GB RAM, 256 GB SSD) ...
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How can I monitor the FPS in OSX?

I'm looking for a solution to monitor the refresh rate of the OSX. In several reviews like this one about the retina Macbook Pro by Anandtech they report actual fps to discuss the performance of ...
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Bootcamp - Multiple Windows installations, how do delete one?

I've got a Mac Pro with 3 hard drives: 1 x 7200rpm 640GB - 1/2 for OS X - 1/2 for Windows 7 (Bootcamp) 2 x 5400 Western Digital'Eco-drive' (runs like a dog and is only useful for backups and ...
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Replacing hard disk with SSD or increasing RAM in MacBook Pro

I am using MacBook Pro for the last 1.5 years. Here is my configuration. 13" MacBook Pro, min-2010 2.4 GHz Core 2 Duo 4 GB RAM OS X Lion 10.7.4 Would you recommend upgrading to SSD for fast ...
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Will the MacBook Air (2011) perform as well as my MacBook Pro (2008)?

I've got a 13" 2009 MBP (8GB, 2.53Ghz). A lot of the time it runs a Win 7 web dev environment (Visual Studio, SQL Server databases, various editors, Photoshop etc.) under Parallels Desktop. It ...
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How to set up Loki Render on Mac OS X Lion

I am trying to do network rendering in Blender3D using Loki Render across my 3 Xserves. I have no experience in setting up network rendering and the instructions that are given on the Loki Render home ...
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iTunes can only perform one task at a time

Ever since updating to the latest version of iTunes on my dual core mac mini, iTunes can only perform one task at a time beach balling the entire time. For example if it is downloading a podcast, and ...
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Should you format your Mac?

Back in my Windows days, I used to fully format my PC once a year or so, to start fresh and get rid of some of the slowdowns. It helped. Would you recommend the same for Macs? What's the recommended ...
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What has changed Finder list view in Lion to make “Calculate all sizes” exponentially faster?

Since way before Mac OS X came on the scene, we have been able to ask the Finder to Calculate all sizes in order to determine the sum total of readable file size space contained in each folder for the ...
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Emulating lower speed CPUs on Mac mini

I would like to ask whether it is possible to develop OS X application (especially for Lion) on a Mac mini, being able to test how the performance would be on a lower speed CPU. For example: ...
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Mac OS X disk performance monitoring

Which tools to use for detailed performance analysis of disk access? per disk per process queues latency data volume/throughput errors characterisation (read Vs write, burst, etc.) Tried iostat, ...
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Functionally speaking, where will I see a difference between dual- and quad-core i7s?

I am ready to buy a new MacBook Pro. I am drawn to the portability of the 13" and the better specs of the 15". If you take money out of the picture I would really like to know where I would see the ...
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Macbook Pro just started overheating and losing frame rate

It's strange because I've had Diablo III for a couple weeks now and I've been able to play it just fine without any performance problems. Starting today though, I've experienced some serious ...