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Can a M1 MacBook Air come with macOS Monterey pre-installed?

I recently bought an M1 MacBook Air and according to all sources I could find it is supposed to come with macOS Big Sur installed. However I noticed that my MacBook already came with macOS Monterey ...
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Where is the light sensor on iMac 27' 2020?

Where is the ambient light sensor on iMac 27' 2020? I'd like to put a webcam cover without affecting the sensor.
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Left hand side USB-C ports on 2017 MBP 15" blocked

Ive got a 2017 15" Macbook Pro. This model has 4x USB C ports (2 on each side) which can be used for pretty much anything from charging to connecting to an external display (as long as you have ...
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Is there a way to check the serial number of my MacBook motherboard that shipped with my MacBook, with the Macbook's serial number?

Is there a way to check the serial number of my MacBook motherboard that shipped with my MacBook if I have the machine serial number? I'd like to check if a 3rd-party repair shop swapped out my ...
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Erratic mouse movement on Macbook Pro trackpad

I am experiencing erratic behavior of my Macbook Pro (2020) trackpad. I can't seem to be able to precisely target anything, with the mouse constantly jumping around during movement (sometimes jumping ...
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Where can I find Apple authorized DIY repair manuals?

Apple did not release repair manuals to people without formal training in the past. I hear this has changed. Where can I find the Apple authorized repair manuals for DIY repairs?
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BASH vs Python? Is BASH slow? Or is it On-Site Server?

I'm fairly new to writing scripts, so this might be a really amateur question. My job consists of a lot of copy/sorting/downloading/indexing files on an on site server while I work from home. So ...
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What options exist to turn off Mac Studio Status Indicator Light?

I've a Mac Studio that is in a room that sometimes need to be very dark. Does anybody knows how to turn off its Status Indicator Light for when the screen is turned off but the computer is still on?
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Experiencing kernel panics and shutdowns on MacBook Pro 2019 A2159 [duplicate]

My MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2019) is experiencing repeated kernel panics with the message below: panic(cpu 0 caller 0xfffffff015ba96ec): userspace watchdog timeout: no successful checkins from dfrd in ...
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How to power cycle a USB modem without rebooting?

I have a usb modem plugged into Mac Mini. I've found that rebooting the device or plugging the modem out and putting it in will change my IP, which is what I want. How do I power cycle the modem ...
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macOS 11.4 w/ three monitor setup; when maximizing application window, it maximizes on wrong monitor

I am running an application on 3 monitors (eg: A, B, C) using macOS 11.4 setup. The application is IBKR's Trader Workstation. The application layout is set up with the following windows: Multiple ...
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Purchasing a refurbished MacBook Pro for Deep Learning: is it worthwhile or not?

I recently saw on MacRumors that Apple has began selling on their Clearance & Refurbished marketplace the 2021 MacBook Pro models. These machines feature the M1 Chips with X CPUs and Y GPUs. I am ...
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How to investigate cooling resp. kernel_task problem

On my macbook pro 2019 I'm running into this issue, where the infamous kernel_task starts blocking my computer after a couple of hours. I know that many people are experiencing similar issues for many ...
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Use TouchID as mouse - Any way to get serial output from the chip?

I am investigating the opportunities to use the TouchID as a mouse pointer. Is there any way to read any data except authentication-status from the TouchID chip?
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MBP Screen flickers only when not connected to an external display

My Mid-2014 Retina Macbook Pro with GT750M has recently developed a fault where the screen will start to flicker -- two images of the display, offset by half the width of the screen (the exact offset ...
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Display failed on 2012 MBP, switch to integrated graphics?

The display on my 2012 Macbook Pro Retina (10,1 with 2.6 GHz i7) suddenly stopped working. It still turns on (startup sound, keyboard backlight) and I was able to enable remote access for diagnostics ...
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Am I wearing down my internal SSDs quickly or is it more likely they're wearing out naturally?

A few days ago I learned that my internal SSD is failing. I have a a MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Early 2015) running Big Sur, and my hard drive is an APPLE SSD SM0256G. I got the laptop in 2017 and ...
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How do I do a thorough hardware check-up for water-exposed MacBook Pro?

How do I discover potential hardware issues in a liquid-exposed MacBook Pro, other than trying to use all hardware features manually? Is there some general diagnostic test that can be run to look for ...
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Where to apply VCC on an iPhone Female Connector?

I am designing a PCB in which I am using an iPhone female connector. In the datasheet, there are two power input pins pin 5 and pin 6 but in the male connector of the iPhone, there is only one VCC pin ...
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Intermittent coloured bands on Apple Cinema Display A1082

Recently I acquired a 23" Apple Cinema Display (A1082). After sourcing a power brick I connected it to my 2013 MacPro tower and -- it worked. Great clarity, looked good apart from the broad bands ...
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MacBook Pro with TouchBar (late 2016) has black display but works with external monitor

I’ve a late 2016 MacBook Pro (4 Thunderbolt ports and Touch Bar), with Monterey 12.2 installed on it. The MacBook was perfectly working when the other day the screen suddenly went black while browsing ...
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USB Switch not working with Macbook Pro 2018

I am a complete newbie Mac user and I am trying to set up a PC/Mac workstation sharing keyboard, mouse, and headset. I bought this USB hub and tried to connect it to my Mac with this USB Type C to USB ...
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MacBook Air 2018 shutsdown after a few minutes

My MacBook Air shutsdown after a few minutes. It doesn't seem matter what I do. The diagnostic utility reports 2 minutes remaining with the progress bar at about half way before it shutsdown. The ...
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What can I do about my 2015 iMac getting very slow under load? Thermal paste?

My Late 2015 27-inch iMac has been getting slower to run games over the last few years. Now even Slack and Zoom cause problems. Symptoms: After running a Slack or Zoom call with multiple ...
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WiFi not working, can't see the WiFi interface and shows no hardware installed

My WiFi stopped working all of a sudden a while ago. As it couldn't be repaired in my city, I sent it to another location and when repaired my friend, who collected it, told me it started working and ...
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How do I adjust brightness only for one area of ​the monitor?

I've got an old iMac (2011) which I use as an external monitor from my MacBook Pro. Half of the screen is dimmed because of a known hardware problem Is there a way to calibrate only one area of the ...
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Quality of cables for the MacBook 15'' A1707 2016 flexgate repair

This question is for colleagues offering the flexgate permanent repair, by cable on cable weldering, for the 15'' MacBook Pro 2016 A1707: did you experience different qualities is the cables that you ...
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High memory pressure Catalina Macbook Pro causing freezing?

My Macbook Pro has been running with really high memory recently, I think it might be what's caused the whole system to freeze 2 or 3 times over the last couple of weeks. I'll have a bunch of apps ...
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New internal SSD (WD_Black SN750 2TB) not recognized during setup on late 2013 Mac Pro

I am trying to set up my new internal SSD (WD_Black SN750 2TB) with a Sintech adapter on my late 2013 Mac Pro after my factory 256gb ssd failed a bit ago and am having issues where the new SSD ...
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How much does battery brand matter in an aftermarket MacBook Pro replacement

So, I just bought a my first replacement A1618 battery for my Mid 2015 Retina MacBook Pro from what seemed like a reputable battery seller offering a 1-year warranty. But I'm really just guessing that ...
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Wake up a sleeping or powered off M1 Mac Mini with a Wake-On-LAN packet?

I have an M1 Mac Mini running Monterey 12.1. I would like to be able to put it to sleep or shut it down when not in use to conserve energy. But, I also want to be able to remotely power it up so I can ...
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How can I get the CPU temperature from the command line on Apple Silicon M1

I wanted to monitor handy temperature data like I did dozen times on Linux machines. No problem! I found a beautiful one-liner: sudo powermetrics --samplers smc | grep -i "CPU die temperature&...
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Fastest way to warmup macbook when the device is very cold

I like to go code in my backyard but sometimes my macbook gets really really cold. I wrote a python script that basically for loops thousands of times recursively doing multiplication to make the cpu ...
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Shutdown Cause -128 on MacBook Pro: Should I replace the charger with exposed wire?

I have a MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Late 2013) from Mid-2014 which is vintage classed. It is running MacOS Catalina 10.15.7 (not Big Sur which is the later OS available). Recently I am experiencing ...
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USB hub speed vs actual transfer speed

I've been looking through the specs of my 2014 MacBook Air in order to resolve a certain issue. The hub speed cought my attention: BRCM20702 Hub: Product ID: 0x4500 Vendor ID: 0x0a5c (...
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Refurbished iPhone 8's battery drains really quickly

I just bought a refurbished iPhone 8 with 256 Gb.. Everything looks fine... except that the battery drains really quickly. If I charge it up to 80-85% and then leave it on the table, without using it (...
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Is there any gyroscope, accelerometer & magnetometer sensor built in for modern Macs?

Is there any gyroscope, accelerometer & magnetometer sensor built in for modern Macs? We know all modern smartphones contain these sensors. I wonder if modern Macs contains any such sensors built-...
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How to remove oil from the new keyboard? (Macbook 2021 14 inch)

After two weeks of use, I started to see oil smudges on my keyboard. Since then, I've been religiously cleaning my keyboard (microfibre + 70% rubbing alch) and hands every day, but it doesn't seem to ...
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Orginal lightning cable works with only when pushing upwards - iPhone X

After I have run with iPhone X with Lightning Earpods in wet and cold conditions (it was raining, about 3°-2°) and I was probably applying force on the cable just in the connector area - (the iPhone ...
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What should I do when main display shows slim horizontal lines on a Macbook pro 2017 touchbar model?

MacBook Pro (15-inch, 2017) with touch bar Radeon Pro 555 2GB Intel HD Graphics 630 1536 MB** I have horizontal lines all over my macbook screen. The first time this problem occurred was when I ...
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MacBook Pro 2021 14" WiFi with lower RSSI than MacBook Pro 2020 13"

I don't know if anyone here has noticed this, but in my MacBook Pro the received signal strength (RSSI) on the new 2021 Mac is lower than on my 2020 M1 MacBook Pro. The test was performed with both ...
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Converter card for getting data from a MacBook's(MacBook Pro A1502) SSD hard drive

I am trying to get the data off the dead MacBook's(MacBook Pro A1502) SSD hard drive. From my research, I need an SSD adapter as well as a Converter Card. My SSD adapter is Sintech M.2 NGFF 28Pin SSD ...
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How can I get macOS to tell me what chroma sampling or subsampling is being used on an external display on an M1 mac?

After receiving my MacBookPro18,4 (i.e. MacBook Pro (14-inch, 2021)) with an M1 Max chip and seeing the ProMotion display, I was hooked on high (>60Hz) refresh rates, and treated myself to a LG ...
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5.1 audio from MBP USB-C to HDMI

I am struggling to get surround sound from my 2020 MacBook Pro (Intel version). I also have a 2015 MBP that has an HDMI port which I connect to my Denon AVR and it gives me glorious Dolby/DTS 5.1 ...
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Terminal commands, where does the cpu temperature difference come from?

What's the correct way to get current CPU temperature? And why different programs return different CPU temperatures, for example, one command returns 70C, the other 52C sudo powermetrics -i 200 --...
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I think I wrecked my 2017 Macbook pro. Tried to update SSD but accidentally used SSD with different pin config. Now Macbook won't respond

I just bought a used 2017 MBP non-touchbar with a 128Gb SSD. I ordered an adapter and a 500Gb SSD. I forgot to check the SSD compatibility with MBP. When I installed the adapter and SSD the MBP ...
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iMac Retina 5K 27-inch 2020 RAM Upgrade comatibility

I would like to update my RAM from 40 Gb to 96 Gb I have a iMac Retina 5K 27-inch 2020 running BigSur 11.6 with the following RAM: Slot1: Kingston KCP426SD8/16 16GB Slot2: Micron 4ATF51264HZ-2G6E3 ...
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Water on back side of Macbook Air [duplicate]

Yesterday, I spilled water on my bed and my laptop was kept over there due to which it got wet. When I tried to switch it on it was working but some fan's noise was coming, so I switched it off and ...
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Can I transplant an iPhone 6 logic board?

I was wondering if it would be possible to transplant my broken iPhone 6's working logic board to a working iPhone 6, and if the memory would transfer with the logic board? Any feedback would be ...
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Using contact cleaner for keyboard

I used contact cleaner to keyboard for my MBP 2020 and after that I learnt that it was a mistake. There is no problem except oily buttons for now. But I'm really scared that my computer will ...
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