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The Most Common Problems with Apple Macs and How to Fix Them

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Apple’s MacBooks, iMacs, and iMac Pros are great for a number of reasons. They are packed with great hardware that make them capable machines. They also come with macOS, which offers smooth user experience and plenty of macOS apps for your every need. Even better, Macs are generally beautifully-made and well-designed, which is why they are so appealing to many.

As reliable as Macs can be, they are not problem-free. Things can still go wrong with your iMacs and MacBooks, and when they do, fixing the problems can be both easy and challenging. To help you deal with some of the most common problems with Apple Macs, we are going to take a closer look at them and discuss how you can solve the problem in this article.

It Won’t Boot

One of the most common problems with Macs is the computer not being able to boot into macOS properly. There are a lot of things that may cause startup issues on a Mac, including missing or broken drivers, corrupt drives, and even hardware failure.

There is a simple fix you can try to further diagnose the issue. What you want to do is try starting up the Mac in safe mode. This will load macOS with the bare minimum software and drivers required to start the machine. To do that, hold the Shift key while you power up the computer.

Release the Shift key once you see a login screen appearing. If you can successfully boot into safe mode, run a hard drive check to further understand the issue. Once you are done with fixing the boot problem, simply restart the Mac and it will boot as normal.

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Extremely Slow MacOS

Another common issue with Macs is the computer suddenly becoming incredibly slow for no reason. You see the dreaded beach ball often and simple tasks like opening a file or an app take much, much longer than they normally would.

If you notice the issue while the computer is still running, check the Activity Monitor to see if there are apps hogging your computer resources. You can then use the Activity Monitor to force stop those apps. See if this solves the issue and restart the computer as normal.

However, the same issue can also be caused by a failing hard drive, especially when your Mac still uses the old HDD drive rather than an SSD. Rather than risking losing your files or damaging the computer further, it is best to shut it down safely and see an Apple Macintosh Certified Technician like Secure Data Recovery for some help.

Bad Network Connections

Bad network connections are known issues that many iMac and MacBook Pro users are familiar with. There are times when your Mac simply will not connect to your access point, even when other machines don’t have an issue with the Wi-Fi network.

A simple fix to this issue is reconnecting to the network as if it is a brand new one. Tell your Mac to forget the network from System Preferences, search for the network again, and reconnect by entering the network password.

These common issues with Macs aren’t difficult to solve in most cases. After all, Mac computers are designed to be as user-friendly and as close to being problem-free as possible.

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Breaking Bad Mac Decal

Breaking Bad Mac Decal

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iMac Ceiling Lamps

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Ah, I get a little nostalgic for my long dead first iMac when I see how these (now ancient) iMac G3 carcasses have been gutted and re-purposed as pendant lighting for a travel agency called G Adventures. Clever!

Thanks to Neatorama For the Tip!

RIP Steve Jobs

Oh man, what a blow. Steve Jobs has passed away today, October 5, 2011, due to an as yet unspecified causes (read: Cancer), though he was known to be in poor health (Jobs struggled with pancreatic cancer for over a decade and underwent a liver transplant in 2009). He was 56 years old — way too young to go. Steve can at least rest in peace knowing he created the best personal computer in the universe.  The Worley Gig was created on an iMac and the Mac is the only brand of computer I will ever own. Apple Mac Forever! You can read the LA Times Obit on Steve Jobs at This Link.

Apple Store Playset by Playmobil

Do you enjoy shopping at the Apple Store? I sure do. There’s a big, shiny Apple Store just across town from me, on the corner of 9th Avenue and 14th Street (the bus goes right there). If you are in the area, sometimes it is fun to just “pop in” and browse the cool Apple products while listening to endless loops of The Beatles’ music. I just heard about a cool new toy that I would certainly buy if I had children; the Apple Store playset by Playmobil. Here are some of this cutting-edge playset’s fantastic features:

  • Amazing PLAYMOBIL™ set introduces children to the magic of Apple technology
  • Interactive play teaches important social interaction skills
  • Includes everything pictured: entire store with figures and over 60 accessories
  • Store comes fully staffed with PLAYMOBILApple Store associates
  • Ground floor of Apple store features product demo tables, software shelves and kids corner
  • Top floor includes Genius Bar and Keynote Theater with mini Steve Jobs figure
  • Use your own real iPhone 4 as the screen behind Steve Jobs in the Keynote Theater (downloadable simulated keynote presentation available on the PLAYMOBIL™ website)
  • Purchase the optional Line Pack and stage your own Apple Device launch party!
  • Entire store measures 72 cm long x 36 cm deep x 40 cm high
  • Officially licensed Apple product

I so want to own this.