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

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Kernel_task using 300% CPU time, high fan speed and slow computer in MacBook Pro

My MacBook Pro has become slow lately. Activity monitor shows kernel task is using around 300% CPU. The fan is always on at high speed. Below are the details of my computer: Macbook Pro 13-inch, ...
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High CPU usage during disk operations

Early 2009 17" MacBookPro (MacBookPro5,2) 2.66 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 240 GB OWC Mercury SSD, installed in 2010 I've had issues with high CPU usage for a while now. The original ...
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Is disk image encryption slower than partition encryption?

I am considering two options to encrypt some data: add a new encrypted partition add an encrypted disk image Which option is faster in terms of disk read/write speed? I suspect that an encrypted ...
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Low speed rate when transferring data to usb device

When I try to copy data to my USB device I see a very low speed rate. For example, transferring a movie of 750Mb takes 10 minutes. I have tried with some other external USB hard drives but I am also ...
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Mac has become insanely slow : Processes SystemUIServer, UserEventAgent and loginwindow using a lot of memory

I have been using my Mac for for many months without any problem. But recently all of a sudden the Mac became insanely slow. I opened Activity Manager to see what was happening. For three processes ...
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Fully upgraded MBA or MBP (13")? [closed]

I'm looking to buy my first macbook and I am unsure which one to buy. I will use my laptop while travelling mostly next year on my working holiday visa for general purposes (web browsing, watching ...
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Higher kernel_task CPU usage when playing audio through Thunderbolt Display

I noticed today a higher kernel_task CPU usage when playing audio through Thunderbolt Display from my Macbook Pro (early 2011) on OS X Yosemite. Although the CPU usage is not very high (15 - 20%), it ...
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What do I need to do to get my Apple Watch apps to launch quickly?

Apple describes its Watch as being "ideal for quick looks and fast interactions", but most (in fact almost all) of third party Apple Watch app Dark Sky take 20-40 seconds to launch — during which time ...
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How to simulate slow internet connections on the mac

What's a good software solution to slow down internet connections on the mac for testing and simulations? My primary need is when testing code in the iPhone / iOS simulator, so slowing down the ...
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Best version of OSX for 2008 iMac?

(This is a follow-up to How to improve old, slow iMac -- new SSD? Or more RAM?) I replace the HD on our old 2008 iMac 8,1 with an SSD, and it seems much faster. However, it WAS running 10.9; now it's ...
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Fan for MacBook Air?

Macbook Air gets hot near its processor and gets sluggish for a while, whenever I make "heavy" tasks at the same time. I wonder if a fan under its base would make any difference since mac has no ...
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How can I speed up Enhanced Dictation's response/ processing speed?

It takes around ten seconds to process a voice command, whereas speakable items are instantaneous.
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What is causing slow Wi-Fi speeds on my Airport Extreme?

I have a recent model (bought 1-2 years ago) Airport Extreme that, until yesterday, has worked flawlessly. Starting yesterday, my wireless speeds have tanked. I first suspected my ISP, but that ...
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How to keep an SSD in shape on Yosemite?

As of OS X 10.10, Apple uses kext signing. Ever since it has become difficult and dangerous to manually activate TRIM for third-party SSDs on OS X. That means users with non-Apple SSDs will sooner or ...
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quicklookd and revisiond eating my CPU

I'm observing regular and abnormal CPU usage on my macbook pro. quicklookd in par with revisiond are eating together over of 50%. It drains my battery significantly and makes the whole machine hot. ...
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High windowServer CPU usage on Yosemite

Since upgrading from Mountain-Lion to Yosemite, my MacBookPro5,5 (13", 2.26GHz C2D, GeForce 9400m) is (almost always) showing bad performance while working with native windows like Finder, System ...
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iPhone slows down entire home network

Ever since the automatic upgrade to iOS 7, an iPhone that connects to my Linksys WRT54GL router running DD-WRT, slows down all other connections, from any other device. Download speed is reduced by a ...
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troubleshooting Finder (and disk access?) speeds — Dropbox extension problems?

I am on Yosemite 10.10.3, though in the public beta program (which now is in sync with releases). I am also in the Dropbox beta, now on 3.5.58, for what it's worth. File access is curiously slow now. ...
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MacBook Pro a lot slower after reset

I recently had some issues with my computer and since I had a backup of all of my files I decided to just wipe the hard drive clean. After, what I thought, was a full reset I am beginning to suspect ...
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Why don't I see a significant boost in performance moving to SSD on MacBook7,1?

I've got a 2010 MacBook (MacBook7,1) with 8GB RAM running Mavericks 10.9. I recently replaced the stock HDD with a Samsung 850 EVO 250GB SSD and restored from a Time Machine backup. Though Disk Speed ...
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Recurring window manager performance issues in 10.10.x

I've been having graphical performance problems with Yosemite since early developer previews. The main expression of this is trying to switch applications. When going from Terminal to Messages or ...
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Is it better to have more cores or higher processor clock speed to decrease build time for iOS projects

I am trying to pick the most appropriate hardware to speed up build time for iOS projects - I don't know if I should favor faster processors (3.5 GHz) with fewer cores (6) or slower processors (2.7 ...
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Skype is using 60% to 80% CPU

I have a Mid-2014 15" MacBook Pro with an Nvidia graphics card. Skype uses around 60% - 80% CPU on my computer when I make a call (doesn't matter if it is video or voice call). I tried doing SMC and ...
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Ridiculously slow MacBook Pro

I have a MacBook Pro (I think mid 2012). About three months ago it started running really slow, so I renstalled the OS with a recovery partition. For a few weeks it ran very well with an overall very ...
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Slowness around Messages in iOS

I have a couple of different symptoms of extreme slowness in Messages which I think are related: Opening the Messages app itself sometimes takes 20+ seconds Opening a conversation within Messages ...
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kernal_task super high yosemite, cpu frequency super low

I'm trying to solve the mystery of a crazy high cpu usage on kernel_task. MacBook Pro (Retina, Mid 2012), 2.7 GHz Intel Core i7, Yosemite 10.10.2 I saw some advice to download the Intel Power ...
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Macbook Pro 2012 md101 gpu throttling

When playing games on Macbook Pro 13 inch 2012 md101 under Windows 8.1 the temperature rises to 100 degrees pretty fast and gpu starts throttling giving a huge slowdown in games. Is this a normal ...
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Performance issues, can I recover memory?

In the past month I am having some serious performance issues with my MacBook Pro (2008 model). From the activity monitor, I get that the CPU usage is low (25%), disk usage is low (256 GB SSD drive, ...
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Why do the Image Capture Extension and softwareupdated processes consume so much memory?

I recently updated my 2008 MB Pro (2 GB RAM) to Yosemite from 10.6 and I've found that it's often unusably slow. After keeping an eye on Activity Monitor over a couple weeks, I notice that the Image ...
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How many CPUs can be assigned to a Parallels Desktop VM?

I have an iMac with the quad core i7 CPU which shows up in Mac OS X as an eight core CPU (thanks to Hyper Threading, I think). Parallels Desktop allows me to assign 1-8 cores to the Windows VM that ...
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MacBook Pro is slow, will adding RAM help?

I have an early 2009 13" MacBook Pro. I have used it a lot and at the moment and for a while now it is quite slow. I need to use various applications like Mathematica (for which it is quite slow if I ...
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Is there a way to stop the optimization process behind “Optimizing Your Mac”?

Using OS X 10.9.5 I got this message after logging out and back in with different UID. Screen is frozen except I can move the mouse courser around just cannot select anything. Display sleep mode does ...
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Will the new MacBook be turbo charged?

The new MacBook 12" has been launched and on the apple store the processor says 1.1GHz dual-core Intel Core M processor (Turbo Boost up to 2.4GHz) Does this mean that the Core-M processor will ...
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Third party SSD optimization Yosemite

Unaware of the current issues with Third-Party SSD support on Yosemite I went ahead and bought a 128 GB Crucial MX100 SSD. I hear a lot of problems about enabling Trim on Yosemite etc. I recently ...
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How to view CPU clock rate in GHz or MHz?

I am looking to get the new 12″ MacBook and as a result I would like to know the clock speed (in GHz) my current MacBook Air (late 2010) is running at so I know the processor on the MacBook will cope. ...
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Pros and cons to JBOD setup on MacBook Pro with two internal SSDs

I've got an original Apple-installed 120GB 3G (3Gb/s) SSD which I'll be moving into the optical bay using an OWC "Data Doubler" and swapping a new 240GB OWC Mercury Electra 6G (6Gb/s) SSD into the ...
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New MacBook Pro slow performance, battery not working

I have a very recent (mid-2014) MacBook Pro Retina 15" that has been working fine since I got it (about two months). Suddenly, it has begun to run very slow in all apps, even though CPU usage is very ...
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Why would I disable swap file in Mac OS X?

I came across a thread about installing an SSD drive in MacBook Pro. Someone in the comments also recommended to disable the swap file but didn't say why: sudo launchctl unload -w ...
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Why is cp command 4 times slower than copying in Finder in OS X 10.6?

I accidentally stumbled upon this issue: Copying a 119 MB zip file took 4 times longer in Terminal (cp) than in Finder! I copied a file of 119 MB size in Terminal with time cp file.zip file2.zip ...
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Would adding RAM to 2009 imac improve performance

Since I upgraded to Mavericks from Snow Leopard, my 24 inch 2009 2.93 Ghz imac has been quite slow. It's slow to open up programs and slow in general. Currently the imac only has the 4Gb of RAM that ...
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Web browsing on Mac slows down after a few days of use

When trying to browse any website, such as nytimes.com, yahoo.com, etc, it take sometimes anywhere from 15s-120s for the page to display. For example, in Chrome, when I browse to nytimes.com, in the ...
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WindowServer high CPU on Yosemite

This is a follow up to So my Yosemite install is slow - what to do? Since installing Yosemite a week or so ago my machine is very sluggish. I am a web developer so I change windows/apps a lot. ...
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Poor sluggish performance after upgrading to Yosemite

I am facing very sluggish performance in my MacBook Pro after I upgraded it to Yosemite. Mine is 8GB, i7 mid 2012 system. Usually I find my unused RAM <25MB even if I work in terminal, say around ...
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Would replacing Macbook's HDD to a new one speed it up?

Macbook Pro 2009 with 500 GB HDD and 4G RAM running Yosemite. Been slow last couple of years or so. Got 30 GB left out of 500 GB hard drive. Opening an app can take minutes and dozens of icon bounces. ...
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High memory usage on MacBook PRO retina 16Gb i7 2,5ghz

I'm using a MacBook Pro Retina 15-inch 16Gb Processor 2,5 Ghz Intel Core i7 Graphics Intel Iris Pro 1536 Mb OS: OS X Yoseminte v10.10.2 I'm having a problem with my ram. I think its eating too much ...
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Very slow to start processes or open applications

I have a Mac Mini (Mid 2011, 8GB RAM) with Yosemite which is getting slower and slower. But the weird thing is that only opening applications or starting new processes (from the terminal) is terribly ...
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SSD Performing Poorly

I have a MBP 17 2010, equipped with a Vertex 2 SSD 120GB as boot disk. It's an old hardware but I don't want to change it, the problem is the SSD is performing poorly : The SSD health report is ...
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Using scaled resolution in Macbook Pro Retina can cause overheating?

I'm using a late 2014 13 inch macbook pro retina. I'm using a scaled resolution of 1680*1050. When using this resolution, i don't know why, my laptop gets overheated. How can i fix it?
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Does `dtruss -p PID` list system calls made before dtruss was run?

I'm trying to diagnose an intermittently slow command. When I run the command and see it hanging, I press control + t to get the PID, then in another tab, run diagnose [PID] - eg, diagnose 123. I've ...
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On Macbook Pro, how to tell if my hard drive access speed is a bottleneck to my current computer performance?

I'm considering giving my 2010 Macbook Pro an upgrade. Whether upgrading its 500 GB hard drive to SSD drive is a priority depends on how much it bottlenecks the computer's performance. Is there a ...