I have a MacBook Pro 2018 with fairly maxed out specs. Over the past couple months, I've been having two potentially related issues...
My apps frequently take a long time to launch, the kind of thing where the app's icon will bounce in the dock for 20 seconds before the app actually launches. Once the apps are launched, I don't have any issues with sluggishness, and they work fine. It's just this wait for them to actually launch.
Webpages take a long time to begin to load. I use Chrome, and the browser just sort of sits there seemingly doing nothing for 10 seconds, and then finally connects to the webpage. Once it begins loading the webpage, it loads at normal speed, so the issue doesn't seem to be related to internet speeds or networking or anything like that.
I have no idea if these issues are related, but they seem related and started around the same time about a month ago. I'd be grateful for any diagnosis on what this might be, and any tips on how to resolve these things.