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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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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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Mid-2012 MacBook Pro Running Slow [duplicate]

Specs: Mid-2012 MacBook Pro MacOS High Sierra 10.13.6 2.9 GHz Intel Core i7 8 GB 1600 MHz DDR3 Intel HD Graphics 4000 1536 MB I believe around the time the battery first died (maybe not exactly at ...
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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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kernel_task crippling my Macbook (Macbook Pro 2012, Mojave)

The kernel_task process is using a significant amount of CPU on my MacbookPro9,2 - running Mojave. It seems a lot of the solutions available work only for earlier Macbook versions or macOS versions. ...
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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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Mac Pro Late 2013 OS 10.13/10.14 - quad monitor - jumpy mouse high lag and stuttering

I am running Mac Pro late 2013 32GB RAM, 3.5GHz 6-core Xeon E5, AMD FirePro D500 3072MB, 1TB SSD (OWC Aura Pro X). Every morning when I get in, after the machine has been running for +>24 hours, 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 ...
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loginwindow high CPU usage

I have simple zsh script which executes the following code at a regular interval. spotify_track=`osascript -e 'tell application "Spotify" to name of current track as string'`; This is causes ...
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CPU speed of the Macbook Pro Retina downclocked

I've a MacBook Pro 15" late 2013. For a long time I have encoded videos with handbrake and the CPU was very hot for hours. The clock speed was about 2.8GHz (I have the 2.3GHz model) and the ...
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Can I cure Log-in stalls on high Sierra?

I have a MacBook 2017 running high sierra. It has been logging in well for two days, but this last time the status bar completed and then just stayed that way without logging in. I waited 10 minutes ...
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Which MacBook pro model (see body for comparison) would have faster render times when cutting/colour grading 4K video files for at least 3 hours?

A mid 2015 15" MacBook Pro 2.2GHz Intel quad-Core i7-4770HQ, 16Gb ram with Iris Pro 5200 graphics card or A mid 2017 13" MacBook Pro 3.1GHz Intel dual-Core i5-7267U, 8Gb ram with Iris Plus 650 ...
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MacBook Pro (Mid 2014) 4k external displays performance

I was using my MacBook pro for years with two external full HD displays without a problem. Recently I switched to two 4K displays and since then fans in my MacBook spin all the time when when hooked ...
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Which OS should I downgrade to?

I recently bought a 2nd-hand iMac which has the following specifications: iMac (27-inch, Mid 2011) Processor: 3.4 GHz Intel Core i7 Memory: 16 GB 1067 MHz DDR3 Graphics: AMD Radeon HD 6970M 2048 MB ...
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Very slow SMB on MacOS with 10G network

We have a 10 Gigabit network with a mix of Windows 10, Linux and MacOS (Sierra 10.12.6) machines. The transfer speeds between the Windows or Linux machines are OK: between 500 and 800 MB/s for big ...
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How to get min FPS in macOS

I'm trying to find out how to get minimum FPS (frame per second) values in macOS, to measure lag in an application. I'm debugging a webpage in Chrome, however I cannot use the built in FPS meter as ...
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Dual monitors Dell P2415Q 13" MacBook Pro 2018, 2.7 GHZ Quad Core i7, 16gb RAM, 256gb SSD [closed]

I'm looking to buy dual Dell 4k 24-inch P2415Q monitors for my new 13" Macbook Pro 2018. I'm concerned about iGPU performance. Has anyone already tried to run dual 4k monitors on 13" Macbook pro ...
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Macbook performance issues with browsers

I have a MacBook Pro from 2013, and I'm having issues in both Chrome and Firefox - both are slowing down to a crawl, and when I check Activity Monitor I have multiple processes (in all the 'tabs' at ...
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Is High Sierra noticeable slower than Sierra?

I I have a macbook pro 2012 15" i7 (quad core) with a SSD drive and 16G RAM. Last night I've updated from Sierra to High Sierra and I've noticed that everything seems to be kind of slow. Before the ...
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Virtual Machine vs. Remote Desktop performance on 2012 MBPr

MacBook specs: i7 2.3ghz processor 256gb SSD 16gb RAM Intel HD graphics 4000 I am trying to write, compile, and run c# windows form apps on my Mac, and I'm having little to no success. I've done ...
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Is there a keyboard shortcut to organize or align two finder windows?

I know that there were some 3rd party apps that could do this in the past, but with each new version of Mac OS X, it seems that many of those 3rd party apps stop working or the project ages and loses ...
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Macbook Pro extremely slow when using video chat

My Macbook Pro, running on High Sierra, gets extremely slow whenever I'm using video chat. It happens both when using Skype and Zoom. Under normal conditions it's fast and smooth, but as soon as I use ...
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Can Firewire 800 network interfaces be bonded?

I've got a few 2009 and 2010 Mac Pros and realized that the Firewire 800 ports are just sitting there going to waste. I currently use 2 bonded ethernet ports on an additional card to facilitate some ...
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Windows 10 VM Freezes in Parallels 13 - Windows 7 VMs are OK

For years I have run Windows 7 VMs using Parallels on the Mac without any problems I have recently virtualised a Windows 10 laptop to a virtual machine using the Parallels tools - this VM freezes ...
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Why is Adobe Acrobat using only one core for a heavy task, and how can I make it perform faster?

Adobe Acrobat is performing Optical Character Recognition on a document with thousands of pages. This is a heavy task which will take hours. Activity Monitor tells me that Acrobat is only using one ...
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Disable Intel SpeedStep on a mid-2015 MBP w/ High Sierra w/ kernel_task issue

Please note I've read every other thread about this issue, and none of the suggested solutions work, primarily because they either refer to older OS versions or to removing machine profiles in ...
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Why my 2009 macbook pro is faster than my 2017 retina iMac?

A couple of years ago I bought a used macbook pro from a friend of mine, I knew it was a good deal cause the mbp was modified and had very good response and performance, the specs of this mbp are the ...
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What could cause a huge spike in Unix System Calls for a process and how to debug

Computer Stats Mac mini (Late 2014) 2.8 GHz i5 8 GB RAM 10.13.5 High Sierra (upgraded from Sierra this week while debugging this issue) Background I recently noticed that a certain tab in Chrome ...
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number of pg_ctl processes keep increasing on macos High Sierra

After approximately one day of system uptime, my MacBook Pro runs extremely slow. I am running macOS 10.13.5 and Activity Monitor shows ~70% idle cpu usage and the memory pressure is on green but ...
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Can i swap memory modules between mac

I have 3 mac's Mac Mini 2.4 GHz Core 2 Duo , 2GB 1067 MHz DDR3, Macbook pro (15", Early 2011), 2GHz Core i7, 4GB 1333 MHz DDR3 Macbook Air (13" Mid 2012), 2GHz Core i7, 8GB 1600 MHz DDR3 Is it ...
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Ffmpeg: Arguments for optimizing video stream?

I'm using FFmpeg from a Debian machine on my local network. This machine is listening from incoming streams: $ ffmpeg -i udp://192.168.1.3:8080 /path/to/out.avi And from my MacBook, sending the ...
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Very low performance with dedicated GPU in bootcamp

I have a late 2012 model MacBook Pro with the Nvidia GeForce GT650M and Intel HD 4000, and it's getting ridiculously bad performance in all games I tried to play. I know it's not a high performance ...