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

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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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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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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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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 ...
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Guide on removing unused Agents and Daemons to speed up MacOS

Can you point me to a good guide on spotting and getting rid of running Agents, Daemons and Processes that aren't useful to me anyway and are taking up memory and CPU cycles?
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Is upgrading an iMac to an SSD over USB 2/FireWire an upgrade?

I bought the smallest 21" iMac model of the 2011 update cycle. I was planning on having the HDD replaced with an SSD later on. Turned out this would not be an option. So I'm either stuck with the ...
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If I install more RAM should I boot into 64bit Kernel? Does it matter?

I've got an Early-2009 Unibody Mac Book Pro 17". It came with 4 GB RAM and by default it boots into 32-bit Kernel. I've just upgraded to 8 GB RAM and my main concern is getting maximum performance ...
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Mac Pro 2008 OS X 10.6.8 random restarts, grinding HDD

So I've had my Mac Pro since 2008. I currently have OS 10.6.8 on it. In the last week, it has restarted itself twice while I was in the other room. Since I wasn't there, I don't know if there were any ...
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What is the performance bottleneck when launching large applications on OS X?

I have an Early 2011 13" Macbook Pro (i5 2.3Ghz). I've upgraded it to have 8GB 1333 ram and an OCZ Vertex II (120GB) SSD. There are a couple of heavy lifting apps on my mac that take roughly around ...
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How to speed up an iPad 2?

My iPad 2 (32gb) is about one year old and he is getting very slow. I've tried restarting the iPad and quitting all apps but with no real success. There is about 5 GB of free storage space. Any ...
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MacBook Pro battery and speed issues

My sister's MacBook Pro often shuts down at ~20% battery. It won't turn on again until it has been plugged in for about 10 minutes.
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After installing Lion my mac became super slow

After installing Lion, my macbook pro became unbelievably slow.. what could be the reason? Safari sometimes freeze for 30 seconds (in particular when there's Flash content). When I open mail after ...
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How to check if my iPhone's connection is being throttled?

AT&T now throttles the connection speeds for those on the unlimited plan. How can I know if my iPhone's connection is being throttled or if I'm just getting poor speed due to other reasons?
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MacBook Air mid 2011 Geekbench results too low

My MacBook Air from mid 2011 recently only scores about ~1800 on geekbench vs 5300+ that it was before. I'm starting the benchmarking right after reboot, and the CPU seems initially calm. Any points? ...
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How can I simulate having a slow CPU?

I am almost done coding my webapp-game. It runs on all modern browsers. However, I want to establish some minimum requirements for it. Thus, I need a slow Mac. However, I don't have access to a slow ...
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Will a reset make my old iPad faster?

I have an old iPad (the first generation), and over time it has become unbearably slow. Now I understand that I cannot expect apps designed for faster iPads to work perfectly on this old device. ...
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How does the new iPad's A5X graphics processor affect PDF rendering speed?

How much, if any, has the new iPad has gained in PDF rendering speed with the A5X processor (quad-core graphics)?
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Any performance gains when disabling secure virtual memory?

To disable secure virtual memory in 10.7, one does the following: sudo defaults write /Library/Preferences/com.apple.virtualMemory DisableEncryptedSwap -boolean yes However, are there any benefits ...
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What impact can a dual monitor setup have in overall performance?

I have a MacBook Pro late 2008 (2.4GHz Core 2 Duo with 4GB memory) and am considering getting a second 24" monitor. I understand having a dual monitor setup may decrease performance, but how much ...
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Does showing a flashing time separator slow down a Mac?

Is there any reason to be concerned that showing flashing time separators would slow down my Mac, since the computer now has to keep flashing the separator? What about showing seconds? Why or why not? ...
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How would enabling FileVault alter my system and TM performance?

What are the pros and cons, performance-wise, of enabling and using FileVault? Is there any at all, or does it slow a computer down significantly or on the contrary speed it up? Also, what effect will ...
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Is there any way to hamstring my system?

I'm looking to temporarily reduce the amount of cores and RAM available to my system, as well as the processing power. I've written a server that uses epoll (Linux) and I want to get a rough ...
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Relative performance of 2006 Mac Pro and 2007 iMac

I'm trying to evaluate a purchase but am having trouble finding apples-to-apples performance comparisons for these two machines. A year and and many details separate them. Are there any common ...
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How can I boost the performance of my MacBook?

I know that upgrading my MacBook with extra RAM can help boost the general system performance. Recently, I upgraded from OS X 10.5 to OS X 10.6.8. I thought that my RAM upgrade would speed up my ...
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Why does OS X format MS-DOS filesystems so much faster than Windows does?

When I format a MS-DOS filesystem using Disk Utility in Mac OS X it takes only a few seconds, but when I format a FAT32 filesystem in Windows it takes several minutes. What is OS X doing differently? ...
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Mac Mini suddently terribly slow

My Mac Mini crashed. I restarted and after a long time the screen remained gray. I then started in single user mode, did a disk check (fsck reported no problems) and rebooted again. The Mac is now ...
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Measure Application Load Times?

Anyone know a way to measure application load times? I've looked at instruments but having a hard time pinning down the statistic/event I should be looking for. I want to measure how long it takes ...
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Is there a slowing of app download speed when an iPad is locked?

I've noticed that downloading apps continue to download in the background as well as when the iPad is locked. Is there a speed decrease in either of these situations (assuming the foreground app isn't ...
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FileVault Performance Compromise?

I'm thinking of using FileVault to secure my computer - it looks like an ideal solution for everything. However, I'm wondering - will it effect the performance / battery life of my computer ...
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What is the best version of iOS to use on an iPhone 3G?

my girlfriend is currently using an iPhone 3G (iOS version 3.1.3 - 7E18) and I've noticed it can be very sluggish. She doesn't use it for much more than the usual messaging/safari/mail. Compared to my ...
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Worthwhile to reformat and re-install?

I had a 2 1/2 year old Macbook Pro. It was a 2.33 Intel Core 2 Duo with 4 GB of ram, 320 GB hard drive, running Lion. An employee of my company left and his Macbook Pro was a 2.66 Intel Core i7 ...
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Can the clock speed of my 2011 MBAir i7 be slowed to conserve power?

Most of what I do with my 2011 i7 MBAir could be done with 10% of the available processor power. Is there a hack to slow the processor to conserve battery for the 95% of the time I don't need it?
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Why does my FCE export to DV take forever?

I am exporting a sequence from FCE 3.5 with these settings: Export Using QT Conversion… Quicktime Movie>Options     Deselected "Prepare for Internet Streaming" ...
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What can cause 90 second delays joining a wifi network?

I have been using my Mac Book Pro (15" Lion, latest version) for coming on a year. I used to open the cover, it would search for my wifi, and in 15 seconds I could start web surfing. Suddenly, in the ...
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How to decide on a new Hard drive for macbook pro [closed]

I have been using my Macbook Pro for about 5 years, it was the first model with the Intel chip. The 100GB hard drive is starting to go and I'm ready to replace it. I went over to Cnet to see what ...
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Mission Control slow and jerky on 2011 MacBook Pros: any fix?

Mission Control has been horribly slow on my 2011 MacBook Pro 15" (2GHz quad i7, 8GB RAM, 256MB graphics, SSD) -- swiping up usually freezes the screen for 2 seconds, before showing me the Mission ...