MacMost: Mac Hardware

10 Weird Apple Products From the Past
9/17/21
Many of Apple's most interesting products are no longer around. Some of these devices pioneered entire classes of computers and peripherals.
14 Things You Can Do To Make Your MacBook Last Longer
9/8/21
If you are thinking about getting or have recently bought a new MacBook Air or Pro, you may want to know how to make it last as long as possible. Here is some advice on how to keep your MacBook running well for many years to come.
The Secret History of Mac Keyboard Keys
9/1/21
What does the Command key symbol mean? Or the Option key symbol? Where is the Backspace key? How is Caps Lock on a Mac different than Windows? Learn a little bit about the keys on your Mac keyboard.
How To Pick an External Display For Your Mac
5/27/21
If you want to get a second screen for your MacBook or iMac, or the primary screen for a Mac mini, here are some things to think about, including my recommendations for resolution and connections.
How Many Years Should a New Mac Last?
4/30/21
When you buy a new Mac, how long can you expect it to last before you need a new one? The answer depends on how you use the Mac, your needs and how they change, and a variety of other factors.
How To Login To Your Mac If Your Keyboard Isn't Working
3/2/21
If your keyboard isn't working when you are trying to log in, there are a few things you can do, but no perfect solution. You can use another USB keyboard, but in some cases your wireless keyboard will work as a wired keyboard too. You can also set up an Accessibility function in advance to avoid the problem.
Using the Raspberry Pi 400 With Your Mac and iCloud
2/1/21
The Raspberry Pi is a very cheap computer you can use to access the web, mail, documents and learn basic computing. But by using the iCloud.com web apps and screen sharing can you also use it as an extension of your Apple life?
Apple's New MacBook Pro M1 First Look
11/17/20
I tested out the new 13-Inch MacBook Pro with the M1 processor in some real-world tasks like using iMovie, Numbers, Safari and Photoshop. Spoiler: It's fast! Check out how you get and run iOS apps and see how they look.
A Beginner's Guide To the MacBook Pro Touch Bar
9/9/20
When you buy a MacBook Pro you get a narrow touchscreen display at the top of your keyboard that charges as you move between apps. You can customize this Touch Bar to have it display things like F-keys, system controls, desktop switching and more. Even some of the app-specific controls themselves can be customized.
Understanding the Difference Between Mac USB and Thunderbolt Ports
8/27/20
It is easy to be confused by the different types of ports on Maca, especially then names like USB and Thunderbolt are sometimes uses interchangably. Learn the differences between these kinds of ports and how to avoid confusion when talking about them.
Building Your Own Cheap External SSD Drive For Your Mac
8/7/20

If you want something faster than an external hard drive, and better than a USB Flash drive, you can build an external SSD drive with an SSD and an enclosure. I built a 256GB USB 3.1 external SSD for less than $70 that works great on my Mac. Learn how to build your own.

The Details Of Apple's Transition From Intel To ARM Macs
6/23/20
Have questions about how Macs are moving from using Intel CPUs to Apple's own ARM chips? When will the first new Macs appear? Is it still worth it to buy an Intel Mac? How long will Apple support Intel Macs? Will your apps run on the new Macs? How about Windows emulation?
How To Use the New macOS Catalina Battery Health Management Setting
5/29/20
The new macOS 10.15.5 features a battery health management switch in System Preferences. With it on, your battery will charge to a point that is best for longevity. With it off, it charges for maximum capacity.
10 Ways To Speed Up a Slow Mac
5/28/20
Here are 10 ways you can speed up a slow Mac. There's no reason to put up with your Mac being slow. Often this is caused by an app or background process using too many resources, the lack of free hard drive space, a failing drive, or many other reasons.
iPad Pro Vs MacBook Air - Which One Is Right For You?
3/23/20
The new iPad Pro with the Magic Keyboard could finally be a legitimate laptop computer for some people. There will be a lot of people deciding between the new MacBook Air and iPad Pro. They both have similar abilities, but also some distinct differences. Here are some factors that will help you decide which one is right for you.
How To Format And Use a USB Flash Drive On Your Mac
3/13/20
You can use pretty much any USB flash drive with your Mac. But be sure to buy one with the right connection type, either USB-A or USB-C, or get one that has both. Most drives are preformatted for Windows, so you probably want to reformat it for your Mac. You can add and remove files from a USB flash drive using the Finder. Be sure to eject the drive first before phsyically disconnecting it.
Frequently Asked Questions About MacBook Batteries
7/11/19
Many MacBook, MacBook Pro and MacBook Air owners want to know how to properly use and maintain their batteries. But there is a lot of bad information online. Learn what to expect from your MacBook's battery, what you should and shouldn't do to prolong battery life, how to tell if there is a problem, how to get a replacement and how much it may cost.
Comparing Magnetic Power Adapters for USB-C MacBooks
3/19/19
MacBook users miss the old MagSafe power adapters. Third-party products offer an alternative in the age of USB-C power cables. You insert one part into your MacBook and leave it there, and the other part connects to it magnetically. However, since they stick out somewhat, people are afraid that they could inadvertently damage their MacBooks if they catch that edge on something. I take a look at three popular magnetic power adapters for the MacBook and MacBook Pro and compare them.
Naming Printers
10/31/17
If you have several printers on your network, it can sometimes be difficult to know which one is which. But you can name your printers to make it easier. Names will carry over to other users on your Mac, but not to other Macs or devices on your network.
Accessing Mac Hardware Diagnostics Mode
6/7/17

If something is wrong with your Mac, either you or the tech repairing your Mac will need to access the special diagnostics mode. You can do this by restarting your Mac and holding the D key. The results could give you some insight into the problem. See https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT202731 for details.