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Questions tagged [performance]

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

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iOS 6 vs iOS 12, why is iOS 6 smoother than iOS 12? [closed]

All the people I've met so far say iOS 6 animation is smoother than iOS 12, why is that? Are there experts who know?
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iMac 27" 2017 memory upgrade question

I have 16GB of RAM installed on my iMac 27" 5K i7 2017 (2 x 8GB). There are 4 slots in total and I would like to add another 16GB. I don't know if it's best to buy 2 x 8GB or 1 x 16GB?
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Do the MacBook Pro (15-inch, 2018) have different cooling systems depending on the GPU

I read here that the thermal throttling of the i7 and i9 on the latest MBP (2018, 15-inch) can be significant. I also got information that the cooling system is different when the MBP is upgraded ...
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Does APFS reduce the needed free space on SSD's?

I've seen recommendations for the minimum amount of free space one should have on an SSD that range from 20%—33%. For instance, this answer (Can MacBook Pro get slower after SSD is almost full?) ...
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Will upgrading to a 32 GB RAM Macbook Pro significantly speed up Adobe Illustrator?

I use Illustrator to create large, detailed pattern designs. The .AI file size of one of these designs typically exceeds 500MB. When I’m working on a large file like this, Illustrator performance is ...
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How to decide which is the better browser for me: Google Chrome or Safari? [closed]

Consider that it is often said that... Safari is more battery/CPU efficient. Most people will never run across a web site that runs better on Chrome than on Safari (excluding Google explicit sites). ...
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How to limit kernel_tasks CPU usage?

I would like to limit kernel_task's CPU usage on my computer. I provided cooling for my MacBook Pro, cleaned out the internals, and tried resetting the SMC multiple times. I haven't tried re-...
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macOS Server VPN (L2TP) speeds choking on Mac Pro, but not Macbook Pro

I have a MacOS Server (10.12.6) set up running a VPN server at one location (site A). I have a Mac Pro (10.12.6) and Macbook Pro (10.14.5 beta 3) running at a second location (site B). Both sites have ...
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Can I check if the cooling system of my Macbook Pro 15" Early 2013 works as intended?

I have this model: MacBook Pro "Core i7" 2.7 15" Early 2013 2.7 GHz Core i7 (I7-3740QM) Intro. February 13, 2013 Disc. October 22, 2013 Order ME665LL/A Model A1398 (EMC 2673) Recently ...
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Generate and view macOS system performance report

I want to generate a system performance report for my Mac. I would like that this report have CPU, Memory, disk and network activity statistics over a time period. Like, I start the report generation ...
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cpu clock too low / force cpu clock / overclock

I have a MacBook from a few years back. When I use it write some code and browse the internet, the fans go very fast and the noise is horrible. But the temp shows only 70 C. So I used SMC to force ...
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Which model has better CPU-performance: iMac MMQA2HN/A or Mac mini MRTR2HN/A?

In this comparison the main difference I see is in the processors. https://www.apple.com/in/mac/compare/results/?product1=imac-21&product2=mac-mini Irrespective of other feature differences this ...
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Why are my guests in VirtualBox so slow?

I have Mojave 10.14.3, running VirtualBox 6.0.4 and with Debian 9 (with XFCE) as the guest OS. I have installed the guest additions, no errors. I can verify that the usual vbox modules are running: ...
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How to improve the performance of a Ubuntu Virtual Machine running in VirtualBox?

I'm using VirtualBox 6.0.4 to run a Ubuntu 18.0.4 guest on a MacBook Pro 2018 host with macOS Mojave. The MacBook host has an i7 processor and 16GB of RAM. In addition to VirtualBox, I'm running ...
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My mac is starting slow. I know login items, CleanMyMac. What else?

My MAC has a slow start-up time (at times, 5s or more before initial black screen with Apple logo). I am aware of login items. I have used CleanMyMac. Is there anything else I should check for? Thank ...
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Intel® Core™ i5-7360U Processor bottleneck for an RTX 2060 GPU

I am planning to buy an RTX 2060 GPU, primarily for deep learning. I have a MacBook Pro 13-Inch (Mid-2017 Retina Display), which has a Intel® Core™ i5-7360U Processor. I read at certain places on the ...
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System slowness: How to disable or short-circuit tccd in Mojave? (slows app & subprocess startup)

There's a serious problem that's come up especially in Mojave and Apple seems to not really be interested in resolving this from my discussions with engineers in the know. It especially manifests ...
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What are the ways in which installed software can negatively impact OSX speed over time?

Applications installed on macOS are not always completely self-contained. Sometimes they write files in multiple locations outside their .app bundle, taking up space that they sometimes occupy even ...
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How does installing XCode, Visual Studio and Unity on my mac impact my computer's speed?

Most of the time I use my mac computer for graphics design but I enjoy coding too. Since clean-installing macOS a few months ago, I avoided installing XCode, Unity and Visual Studio for fear that with ...
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Performance comparison iOS 12 / iOS 11?

After I upgraded to iOS 11 on an iPhone 6, I noticed different forms of performance loss: lag to start some applications, interface buttons which seems like on slow motion, virtual keyboard starting ...
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General computer slow-down while transfering files

I frequently need to transfer files between 10 GB and 1 TB as part of my work, typically between external drives and network servers. Whenever I transfer files, the computer slows down to being ...
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Chances Migration Assistant will improve performance of Air-2011?

I need to improve performance of my Macbook Air mid-2011. I'm considering to re-install MacOS from the scratch using Migration Assistant for that purpose. I recently migrated from original 256GB SSD ...
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Mojave Terminal lags with color

Last week I bought a 2018 13inch MacBook Air with Retina display running Mojave 10.14.1. I do lots of work on the terminal and have been disappointed to find that the terminal lags severely whenever ...
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How to avoid lags when listening to music on a Mac?

On a Mac 10.13.6 I am usually listening to music using the command line command mplayer. However, when the computer is under rather heavy load, the music sometimes stops for a fraction of a second up ...
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How to limit RAM in an OSX device? [duplicate]

Related to my other question, I'm about to buy a new Mac Mini. I would like to reduce RAM to 8GB in order to see if 8GB is enough to my daily tasks in my MBP retina 15 early 2013 16GB RAM. The idea ...
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Mac Mini mouse icon stutters and sometimes unresponsive

The mouse icon on my Mac Mini (macmini6,2 - 10.14.1) has started stuttering. It's not always, but most often. Sometimes it's so bad the icon won't move at all and I cannot click with my Magic Trackpad ...
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Speed up FileVault decryption process

There is a reason for me (testing) to turn off FileVault encryption on the boot drive on my Mac running macOS High Sierra (long story, off topic). So, I turned it off in System Preferences. I also ...
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Why does it take so long when I click on the filename in the window title?

When I click on the filename of e.g. TextEdit, to change the file name and select where it is saved, it always take 1-2 seconds until the selector thingy pops up. That has always been like that for ...
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Does an iPhone battery drain faster in cold?

I have an iPhone SE and I have noticed the battery drainage is quicker when outside and in the winter. I have heard some websites and people say that batteries drain faster in cold. Is this true? I ...
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Can a “normal” user see all processes with htop?

Can I see all processes with "htop" or does it make sense to use "sudo htop" ? I use htop in the terminal (installed via brew / homebrew). My useraccount on the macbook is a default user no special ...
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My Passport Ultra transfer speed

I bought this device to replace an older HP external drive. This WD drive comes with a USB 3C cable and a USB 3 adapter. Im using it on a MPB - USB3 port. WD will only give me "theoretical" speed ...
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Would MacBook Air 2018 handle a constant run of a Windows VM for the Development

My work involves having both Mac and Windows on a laptop. While I need Mac for Xcode, I do some ASP.NET stuff tightly coupled with the Windows ecosystem. I wonder if a MacBook Air CPU with 16 GB RAM ...
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Mid 2015 retina MacBook Pro: Startup slow after SSD Upgrade

I've recently upgraded my Mid 2015 retina MacBook Pro's original 500 GB SSD to a 2 TB Samsung EVO 970 NVMe M.2 coupled with a recent model Sintech SSD adaptor. I am running macOS High Sierra 10.13.6. ...
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Is it faster to resize a Time Machine partition, or completely wipe it and back up again from scratch?

I have a ~500GB Time Machine partition I'd like to shrink slightly. My internal source partition is around 400GB. Resizing the partition would be extremely slow, since Disk Utility has to check all ...
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GUI unresponsive or slow, but CPU and RAM healthy

I've go two MacBooks: MacBook Air, 11-inch, 2013, running 10.11.6, 8GB RAM, 1.7 GHz Intel Core i7, integrated graphics MacBook Pro, 15-inch, 2018, running 10.13.6, 32GB RAM, 2.9 GHz Intel Core i9, ...
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How to diagnose slow file transfer performance?

I just bought a brand new MacBook Pro and am transferring files from a brand new external SSD hard drive. Performance is much lower than I expected. The picture is showing ~44 MBps, which has been on ...
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How to change Open/Save dialog speed

Open/Save dialogs on my Mac (macOS 10.14.1) delay about 0.5 to 1 seconds. How do I change this delay to zero seconds?
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High Sierra performance problems - efilogin-helper taking a lot of CPU

I have a stock 2015 15" MacBook Pro, i7 / 16GB / 512GB, still runs on High Sierra because I am contemplating to do a full clean install instead of an upgrade. Performance has been deteriorating to a ...
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How can I troubleshoot my slow 2015 Early MacBook Air 13" laptop?

I have a 2015 Early MacBook Air 13", 1.6 Ghz, 4GB RAM, 128GB SSD (with 90GB free space) running macOS High Sierra 10.13.6. When I'm using Safari with only 4-5 windows open, it slows down. I have to ...
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Slow animations/graphics after waking from sleep or sometimes at random

Product: Model Name: MacBook Pro Model Identifier: MacBookPro11,4 Processor Name: Intel Core i7 Processor Speed: 2,2 GHz Number of Processors: 1 Total Number of Cores: 4 L2 Cache (per Core): 256 KB ...
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com.apple.hiservices-xpcservice results in frequent hangs and freezes in my mac

Problem: com.apple.hiservices-xpcservice hangs repeatedly ever since I upgraded to macOS Mojave 10.14.1. Now,everytime the process hangs it is indicated by red colored fonts in the Activity Monitor. ...
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Apple Watch: Is Apple Watch series 3 wireless speed faster than Apple Watch series 1?

One of the problems I have with Apple Watch series 1 is the connection speed. Sometimes it takes a while for the weather, events near me or apple map to appear. I assume this is because of the ...
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System spiking CPU usage (causing 6000+ rpm on fans)

Im running a mid-2012 macbook pro on 10.9.5. I've been having massive lag spikes over the last few weeks which have gotten more consistent and prevalent the last day. I have been wearing this macbook ...
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Is having too much stuff on the Desktop still a performance killer? [closed]

See for example This article Or this one Or this one Now, the answer to this question seems to suggest that the problem is icons on the desktop needing to be repeatedly redrawn, but the articles ...
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How to improve Parallels disk access on PCIe SSD?

I am running High Sierra and a PCIe AHCI SSD and the latest version of Parallels Desktop 14 running Windows 10. My SSD benchmarks at around 1,060MB/s read and 800MB/s write on the Mac. However, in ...
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Is a 2008/9 Mac Pro cluster a viable option to a 2018 iMac?

So I can decide whether to use a small cluster of older Mac Pros or a single modern iMac assume I have a problem which will execute adequately in G gigabytes of RAM, and that the problem can use ...
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Does it make sense to change thermal paste on old MacBook Air?

I have an old MacBook Air 13' 2011. I'm not particularly facing any critical heating issues, although during high load temperature can go as high as 90-100 °C and aluminium case becomes so hot, it ...
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Apple Samsung 512 GB SSUBX SSD: Half as fast in MacBook Pro 15“ 2015 than in MBPR 13” 2014?

I have an Apple Samsung 256 GB SSUBX SSD which when installed in a 13" MacBook Pro Retina 2014 delivers 1,300-1,450 MB/s Read-Write, whereas when installed in newer 15" MacBook Pro Retina 2015 only ...
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MacBook Pro with shot battery, possible to prevent CPU throttling?

I have a late-2013 MacBook Pro 15" which still has the original battery. It's at 1,144 charging cycles, and a few days ago the battery health was at about 50%, though since then it plunged to 4%. The ...
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My MacBook is slow recently. How do I fix this?

My MacBook has become very slow recently and not because of any software update. But it just became suddenly slow. Logging in to my account takes 2 minutes and even opening a terminal window takes a ...