2019 Apple Tips On How To Keep Your Mac At Peak Performance

2019 Apple Tips On How To Keep Your Mac In Peak Performance

What to try when your new Mac becomes slow. ZA Support Apple upgrade expert South Africa

2019 Apple Tips On How To Keep Your Mac At Peak Performance

Here are some top tips when trying to keep your Mac’s performance at its best:

Empty your Mac’s cache regularly:

  1. Always make sure your Apple’s cache is emptied. Click here to find out how to empty your Mac’s cache.

Upgrade your Mac’s software:

  1. Make sure your Mac has the right updates for the operating system, and for the Mac applications you are running. Be careful though not to upgrade to a brand new operating system at the same time. For expert Apple advice if you should upgrade your Mac contact ZA Support.

How to keep your Apple battery healthy:

  1.  Keep your Apple battery healthy. Apple batteries respond well to running down regularly, and not being plugged into power all the time. It is advisable to often disconnect the power from your Mac to keep the battery healthy.

Notice when your Mac is getting slow and it takes a long time to boot:

  1. Notice when your Mac is getting slow. This can often be subtle, where Mac applications take longer than expected to open, the Mac takes a long time to start up and boot into the operating system. When your Mac does get slow, consider upgrading the Apple hard drive to an Apple SSD. Apple SSD upgrades offered by ZA Support have on average between 60-78% improvement in performance.

Thinking of upgrading your Apple RAM memory? Check out the options

  1. Another option if you find that your Mac is starting to become slow would be to upgrade the Apple RAM memory. Apple RAM memory upgrades work very well with Apple SSD upgrades which directly impact the performance of your Mac. Whether you are considering upgrading a MacBook Pro, iMac, or MacBook Air ZA Support offers the most comprehensive range of Apple RAM memory upgrades. Contact ZA Support for the latest Apple SSD and Apple RAM upgrades.

Run an Apple hardware diagnostic test regularly

  1. Run an Apple diagnostic test on your Mac. To do this, restart your Mac and hold down the ‘R’ key. This should boot your Mac into an Apple hardware diagnostic mode. The Apple diagnostic takes around 5-20 minutes to complete and should reveal any Apple hardware problems on the machine. If you find there are no Apple hardware problems detected, and your Mac is still slow contact ZA Support for the best Apple advice and Mac upgrade service in South Africa.

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Top 2019 Apple Tips to try when your Mac becomes slow

Top 2019 Apple Tips to try when your Mac becomes slow

What to do when your Mac's loading bar just stops ZA Support is the Apple Specialist in South Africa

Top 2019 Apple Tips to try when your Mac becomes slow

Has your Mac suddenly become slow?

Does your Mac have the wheel of death?

Firstly let’s discuss the symptoms of a new Mac which has become slow.

1) Your Mac has the wheel of death or sometimes known as the beachball.

2) Simple tasks like opening Microsoft Office for Mac, Adobe, Mac Mail, Outlook for Mac and other Mac software applications become slow and unresponsive.

3) The Mac takes a long time to boot up.

4) Generally you find that your Mac’s performance is slow.

So what do you do when your Mac is slow and performance is poor?

There are a great deal of options available. Whether you are considering upgrading your Apple’s storage with an Apple SSD upgrade or, if you are thinking of upgrading your Mac’s RAM memory ZA Support can assist you make the right choice if it is time to upgrade your Mac.

Let’s talk about upgrading your Mac’s hard drive to an Apple SSD:

Upgrading your Mac’s hard drive to an SSD on average has a 65-78% improvement in performance.

One of things that most Apple fans don’t know is that most of the new Apple machines are not upgradable once you buy them. This means that you if your new Mac doesn’t have the right spec from the beginning you may experience a decrease in your new Mac’s performance over the next few years sometimes months. Having a slow new Mac is a costly mistake, and could be avoided by getting the right Apple advice.

ZA Support is South Africa’s number one Apple support company and offers the widest range of Apple SSD options for MacBook Pro’s, iMac’s and MacBook Air’s. Click here to get the best Apple upgrade advice from ZA Support.

There are some other options to try when your Mac becomes slow:

Bought a new Mac? After 6 months or less it becomes slow?

 Click here to see what to try when your new 2019 Mac does become slow.

Check the performance of your Mac relative to other similar new 2019 Mac machines

Check if the new Mac’s hardware hasn’t been damaged. Click here to test if your Mac’s hardware is faulty or damaged

Mac boots into a white screen and won’t go any further Having this issue? Click Here

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What to do when your Mac becomes really slow if you have run out of Apple storage space

What to do when your Mac becomes really slow if you have run out of Apple storage space

ZA Support is a specialist in fixing Mac’s which won’t restart and boot into the Mac operating system after an upgrade to a new operating system in South Africa 

What to do when your Mac becomes really slow if you have run out of Apple storage space

Many Apple ZA Support fans find their Mac’s becoming slow as a result of a shortage of Apple storage space.

Apple storage upgrades can make a big difference if you are thinking of upgrading your Mac.

Apple storage upgrades can take two forms either upgrading to an Apple hard drive or by upgrading to an Apple SSD. Apple Fusion drives deliver some degree of performance improvement however, the best Apple storage upgrade is an Apple SSD.

Here are some signs that your Mac has run out of Apple storage space and requires an Apple hard drive or SSD upgrade.

Mac doesn’t boot into the operating system

  1. If your Mac doesn’t start up and doesn’t boot into the operating system this is a sign that your Apple hard drive or SSD is full. In this case you can try to delete some of the files via terminal commands. If you have not done this before ZA Support doesn’t recommend altering the code on your Mac. Click here and contact ZA Support if you are not sure on how to delete files to free up storage space on your Mac.

Mac boots into operating system with Apple storage warning that the Mac’s storage is full

  1. Sometimes your Mac will boot into the operating system however, a notification will appear alerting you to the fact the storage on your Mac is full. At this point ZA Support would recommend running an Apple backup of your data, then trying to delete some files you don’t need. If there are no files which can be deleted and its time to upgrade your Mac’s Apple storage capacity to either a bigger Apple hard drive or a new Apple SSD contact ZA Support for all the available options to upgrade your Mac.

Mac boots and a flashing folder appears

  1. In some cases your Mac might boot up and show a flashing folder sign. This can be the result of either the machine being unable to boot into the operating system because the Mac has run out of hard drive space or, that there may be a problem with the actually hard drive in the Mac. If the Mac’s hard drive is failing this is a big risk that your data may be lost on your Mac. But don’t fear ZA Support offers expert Apple data recovery services with a 98% Apple data recovery success rate.

ZA Support is the number one Apple upgrade company in South Africa. We offer the widest range of Apple SSD and Apple RAM memory upgrades. To find out which Apple upgrades your Mac can handle contact ZA Support today.

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Has Your Mac Just Become Slow? Here Are The Top Three 2019 Tips To Improve A Mac’s Performance

Has Your Mac Just Become Slow? Here Are The Top Three 2019 Tips To Improve A Mac’s Performance

Has Your Mac Just Become Slow? Here Are The Top Three ZA Support and Apple 2019 Tips To Improve A Mac’s Performance

One of the biggest problems Apple Mac users face is what to do when your Mac becomes slow.

In 2019 ZA Support and Apple have identified some top tips to try when your Mac becomes slow.

To make your Mac’s performance increase and to make your Mac’s faster you should try these top Apple performance tips.

Check what your current Apple RAM memory capacity is:

  1. Your Mac’s Apple RAM memory can offer major improvements in your Mac’s speed and performance.
  2. To find out what your Mac’s current RAM memory is, go to the top left hand side of your Mac’s desktop window. If you click on the Apple sign on the top left the drop down menu will offer the option to click ‘About this Mac’. Click on it, and a window will come up showing you how much RAM you currently have on your Mac.
  3. Contact ZA Support to find out how much RAM capacity your Mac could go to, and to find out which Apple RAM memory upgrades are most compatible with your Mac and will deliver the best Apple upgrade experience.

Check what your current Apple hard drive capacity is:

  1. To find out what your Mac’s current Mac storage capacity is go to the top left hand side of your Mac’s desktop window. If you click on the Apple sign on the top left the drop down menu will offer the option to click ‘About this Mac’. Click on it and a window will come up showing you how much Apple hard drive storage space you currently have on your Mac.
  2. If your Mac doesn’t tell you what type of Apple hard drive is inside the machine, contact ZA Support to enquire what Apple hard drive storage is currently in your machine and what Apple SSD and hard drive upgrades are available for your Mac.
  3. Make sure you know how much Apple storage space you need before thinking about upgrading to an SSD. Often some ZA Support Mac fans don’t notice how much Apple storage space is required for an upgrade to an Apple SSD. If you are unsure how much Apple SSD storage you need when you do want to upgrade your Mac contact ZA Support.

Install a Mac operating system which is most compatible with your Mac.

Installing the right Mac operating system for your Mac is a key part of a Mac’s performance improving or just getting slower.

Many Apple users upgrade to the latest version of the Apple operating system. In 2019, that operating system would be Mojave.

Apple don’t tell you that by upgrading to Mojave your Mac’s performance may decrease and start showing signs of poor performance.

Try these top ZA Support and Apple tips to work out which Apple operating system is going to deliver the best performance for your Mac.

  1. To find out what your Mac’s current operating system is go to the top left hand side of your Mac’s desktop window. If you click on the Apple sign on the top left the drop down menu will offer the option to click ‘About this Mac’. Click on it and a window will come up showing you which Apple operating system you currently have on your Mac.
  2. Make sure the latest Mac updates are installed on the Mac, and that the other all other Apple software you are running is up to date. Be careful not to upgrade to a new operating system in the process of trying to increase the performance of your Mac.
  3. If you are unsure which Mac operating system is going to deliver the best for your Mac click here and ask ZA Support to find out.

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What to try when a new Mac becomes slow

What to try when a new Mac becomes slow

What to try when your new Mac becomes slow. ZA Support Apple upgrade expert South Africa

What to try when a new Mac becomes slow

Top 3 tips to upgrading your Mac SSD or Mac RAM Memory

Why does your Mac become slow when you have just installed a new Mac operating system or, you have bought a new Mac and it is slow?. 

Apple Mac hardware upgrades

1. All new Mac operating systems are resource intensive on your Mac. There are instances with even new machines only a few months old just becoming slow with the latest Mojave operating system loaded.

Mac and 3rd party applications become slow after the upgrade 

2. Most 3rd party software providers have also increased the amount of resources required to function. This includes basic applications like Office for Mac, Safari, Mac Mail and other web browsers.

New Mac operating system causes your Mac to become slow 

3. New Mac’s are slow within months of buying the machine. A lot of Mac users don’t know that many of the Mac machine’s you buy would be stock standard actually having very basic hardware.

What are the solutions to a Mac being slow?

Apple Mac hardware upgrades

It is very common for Mac users to upgrade the Apple Mac. ZA Support has noticed that in 92% of the cases the Mac upgrade will improve your Mac’s performance drastically.

Mac upgrades are also a fraction of the cost of building a special order machine. Many Apple Mac users don’t want to pay excessive import tax, and to benefit from only minor upgrades on a new Mac compared to older models.

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 What to do when your Mac applications become slow 

Try to reinstall the application however, remember to uninstall the previous version first.

Once this is done, make sure that the latest updates have been completed for each piece of software installed

If this still doesn’t solve the problem of the Mac being slow, then try and reinstall your operating system. If that still doesn’t work it may be time to chat to us

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When your Mac operating system becomes slow 

It is common place for a newer Mac to become slow.

Some suggestions to try and increase the Mac’s performance would be:

– Downgrade to an earlier version of the operating system.

– Try and see if you are able to load applications which are more compatible with your Mac’s hardware specifications.

– When you do downgrade to an earlier version of the operating system, make sure you do all the updates.

If you are not familiar with how to downgrade your Mac click here!

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What to do when your Mac won’t turn on after an update

What to do when your Mac won’t turn on after an update

 ZA Support is a specialist in fixing Mac’s which won’t restart and boot into the Mac operating system after an upgrade to a new operating system in South Africa

What to do when your Mac won’t turn on after an update

Top 3 steps to try if your Mac has been upgraded to Mojave and won’t restart.

So, let’s start with why this happens after an update, be it to a newer version or the latest Mac operating system currently Mojave. 

– The Mac’s EFI boot sequence has been interrupted. This means that the Mac won’t restart after the update, since it has phases to go through to boot the Mac which have been damaged.

The solution is a little more challenging to fix. In our previous article we gave some tips on what to do to try and resolve a Mac problem where an update is completed and the Mac doesn’t restart. Check them out here

Steps to try when your Mac won’t restart after an update to Mojave or a newer version of your Mac operating system:

1) Try a PRAM reset click here to find out how to

2) Try an SMC reset click here to find out how to

3) Try removing the battery if you can (do not try this if you have not done it before) click here to find out how to

4) Try fixing the permissions if you have access to the terminal window

5) For advanced users, try and log into the terminal of the machine, and see if there are code corrections which can be made

If you have tried the steps, and still don’t come right give us a shout we would love to assist :)

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Top tips to try when your Mac’s loading bar hangs

Top tips to try when your Mac’s loading bar hangs

What to do when your Mac's loading bar just stops ZA Support is the Apple Specialist in South Africa

Top tips to try when your Mac’s loading bar hangs

Mac lightning symptoms:

  • Mac won’t restart properly and loads halfway or 3/4 of the way then just stops
  • Mac restarts spontaneously
  • Mac sometimes loads normally then stops half or 3/4 of the way when reloading
  • Mac boots into a white screen and won’t go any further

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What to do when your Mac doesn’t boot properly

Steps to try when your Mac’s loading bar just hangs.

1) Try a PRAM reset click here to find out how to

2) Try an SMC reset click here to find out how to

3) Try removing the battery if you can (do not try this if you have not done it before) click here to find out how to

4) Try fixing the permissions if you have access to the terminal window

5) For advanced users, try and log into the terminal of the machine, and see if there are code corrections which can be made

If you have tried the steps, and still don’t come right give us a shout we would love to assist :)

 

 

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What to do when lightning hits your Mac

What to do when lightning hits your Mac

What lightning means for your Mac

  • Mac logic board damage (This is the brain of the Mac) 
  • Hard drive and SSD failures (This is where data stored on the machine is corrupted, or the Mac SSD or Mac storage drive is damaged) 
  • Mac graphics cards are damaged (This is where the hardware controlling what happens on the screen breaks) 
  • Suddenly Mac becomes very slow (Wheel of death) 
  • Mac applications starts to behaving erratically, and close or doesn’t save workOne of the biggest problems we have found to be true, is that one may not even be aware that the Mac has been struck by lightning. And Mac’s that have lightning damage can begin to only show symptoms of damage weeks after they are hit

    Experiencing any of these issues? Contact Us :)

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What to do when load shedding hits your Apple Mac

What to do when load shedding hits your Apple Mac

What to do when load shedding hits your Apple Mac

Top 3 tips to identify electrical damage

Load shedding in 2019 has hit everyone in South Africa hard. However, your Mac is especially affected if load shedding occurs.

The reason a Mac can be so negatively effected is due to the complex nature of how electricity powers the machine, and which parts of your Mac are exposed to power.

Here’s a list of Mac parts which can be damaged due to load shedding, or a sharp increase in electrical voltage.

Mac Logic Board: 

The logic board is the central part of the Mac which is basically the brain. The Mac’s logic board controls almost all functions on the machine, and is responsible for processing, power distribution and generally has the graphics card built into it.

If your Mac’s logic board has been struck by a sharp increase in voltage from lightning, load shedding or a tripped main switch then there is significant risk to your machine.

Keyboard & mouse

Generally found on Apple MacBook Pro’s, MacBook Air’s and MacBook’s the mouse (trackpad) and keyboard can become faulty.

The reason for this is that the keyboard and trackpad are directly connected to the main Apple logic board. If the board is struck by lightning or load shedding it can sometimes pass the logic board but hit the keyboard and trackpad.

Here are some of the top 3 things to do when your Mac experiences load shedding:

If a building doesn’t have lightning protection built in, the discharge normally runs through all the metal parts of the structure including cables.

Items that get hit the hardest are networks, computers, plugs and appliances plugged into the main electrical circuit.

The sheer force of the lightning strike sends a high voltage current through the devices, and causes them to short circuit in most cases. 

ZA Support is a specialist in Apple Mac electrical damage repairs and analysis. Contact us to find out how we can assist!

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ZA Support Apple Specialist Lightning struck my Mac + 10 Things you didn’t know about Apple + Cool upcoming Apple Products

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Lightning struck my Mac

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10 Things you didn’t know about Apple

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Cool upcoming Apple Products

ZA Support is the number 1 2019 Apple support business as rated by the Apple community

As ZA Support turns 10 years old we have gained a significant amount of Apple knowledge which we want to share with our fans!

We are launching a whole new series of articles and updates which is exclusive to our community :) 

This month we will be focusing on the recent lightning strikes, how they have impacted our community including steps to troubleshoot if things do go wrong!

10 Facts you probably didn’t know about Apple (They are pretty awesome)

And a review of the latest Apple Innovations which are set to be here or on the way

Lightning struck my Mac

What happens

SA has been experiencing severe weather with all the recent storms. So, they first question is how does lightning hit your Mac?

What tends to happen is that lightning will strike a particular part of a building. 

Generally it is the tallest part of the building with a pointy object on it (poles, antennas etc.)

If a building doesn’t have lightning protection built in, the discharge normally runs through all the metal parts of the structure including cables.

Items that get hit the hardest are networks, computers, plugs and appliances plugged into the main electrical circuit.

The sheer force of the lightning strike sends a high voltage current through the devices and causes them to short circuit in most cases. 

What lightning means for your Mac

  • Mac logic board damage (This is the brain of the Mac)
  • Hard drive and SSD failures (This is where data stored on the machine is corrupted or the Mac SSD or Mac storage drive is damaged)
  • Mac graphics cards are damaged (This is where the hardware controlling what happens on the screen breaks)
  • Suddenly Mac becomes very slow (Wheel of death)
  • Mac Applications start behaving erratically and close or don’t save workOne of the biggest problems we have found to be true, is that one may not even be aware that the Mac has been struck by lightning. And Mac’s that have lightning damage can begin to only show symptoms of damage weeks after they are hit.Experiencing any of these issues? Contact Us :)

I have a loading bar that stops

Mac lightning symptoms:

  • Mac won’t restart properly and loads halfway or 3/4 of the way then just stops
  • Mac restarts spontaneously
  • Mac sometimes loads normally then stops half or 3/4 of the way when reloading
  • Mac boots into a white screen and won’t go any further

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What to do when lightning strikes your Mac…

Its easy to say prevention is better than cure. But, for most of us lightning takes us by surprise.

If you’re like most Mac users, lightning can strike your Mac at the most unexpected times and cause chaos when trying to work, recover files or just access your machine.

Steps to try when lightning strikes your Mac:

1) Try a PRAM reset click here to find out how to

2) Try an SMC reset click here to find out how to

3) Try removing the battery if you can (do not try this if you have not done it before) click here to find out how to

4) Try fixing the permissions if you have access to the terminal window

5) For advanced users, try and log into the terminal of the machine and see if there are code corrections which can be made. 

If you have tried the steps, and still don’t come right give us a shout and we would love to assist :)

10 Things you didn’t know about Apple

1. Steve Jobs was 16 when he met Steve Wozniak aged 21.

2.  The 1976 version of the Apple logo featured Isaac Newton under an Apple tree.

3. The first mouse and trackpad were introduced by Apple.

4. Only 9 US states don’t have an Apple store.

5. The first Mac computer was sold at USD 666.66 

6.  With less than 50 original Apple computers in the world they cost USD 50,000

7. Apple started on April fool’s day

8. Apple has one of the smallest boards out of any Fortune 500 company with only 6 at the helm.

9. Al Gore once sat on Apple’s board.

10. When the 1st iPhone was released every employee received one.

Cool upcoming Apple Products

Apple TV & Streaming Service

For those of you who didn’t know, Apple have been creating their own media and TV content for some time. Some of you will remember a few video’s Apple have filmed with guys driving around interviewing high profile people. Those were Apple supported productions… 

This move will mark another game-changing move into the film industry. Apple have made almost everything a subscription as a service with Apple Music is a great example.

We hear that it may even be free… That would really disrupt the media industry if there’s free high quality Netflix like content…

Airpod 2’s

The cool looking wireless headphone’s which trendy business people and hipsters wear on Gautrains and subways are expected to come out with some enhanced features including: water resistance, biometric sensors to measure your heart rate and new colours.

Apple’s own Beats by Dre Headphones

This is an unexpected one. Apple own Beats by Dre which was acquired for 3 billion US a while back. 

They are definitely one of the most expensive headphones money can buy, and the Apple version will probably be the same or more.

Wireless charging is a feature expected to appear along with serious integration into Apple’s home offering and of course Siri.

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