My MacBook air is slow as molasses

wilked

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MacBook Air (13-inch, Early 2014)

Used to be great. In the last year+ it has run like shit. I thought it might be that the SSD was nearly full so bought a bigger one, installed a clean version of the OS, and it still runs like shit.

Is it obsolete? Think I'm running Big Sur on it.

Is it time to get a new one? I don't mind, just need to be sure before dropping the $800
 

wilked

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How much RAM does it have? Apple's default configuration was 4 GB, but it was configurable to 8 GB. 4 GB is substandard these days and could cause it to be painfully slow if it runs out of RAM and starts swapping to disk instead.
ntro. April 29, 2014 Disc. March 9, 2015
Order MD760LL/B* Model A1466 (EMC 2632)
Family Early 2014 ID MacBookAir6,2
RAM 4 GB VRAM 1.5 GB
Storage 128, 256 GB SSD Optical None*
 

canderson

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Yup, it's a RAM issue. Upgrade your RAM or upgrade the machine. I personally wouldn't put money into that machine that is very close if not already ruled obsolete for OS updates.
 

wilked

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Yup, it's a RAM issue. Upgrade your RAM or upgrade the machine. I personally wouldn't put money into that machine that is very close if not already ruled obsolete for OS updates.
RAM is not upgradable anyway

OK, will get a new unit - thanks!
 

Devizier

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The forced* OS upgrades have fucked the <2015 Macs. I have three of them and I'm still fighting an upgrade whenever possible.

*My work desktop had to endure one in order to stay connected to the Pitt network.
 

nighthob

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My 2015 MacBook Pro handled the last upgrade. But it was also the (then) top of the line 15” model.
 

The_Powa_of_Seiji_Ozawa

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My 2015 MacBook Pro handled the last upgrade. But it was also the (then) top of the line 15” model.
Yeah, 8GB RAM can mitigate some of the impact of the OS update on the older machines (I assume your top of the line has 8 or 16GB RAM). I can't stand how bloated MacOS has become.

The forced* OS upgrades have fucked the <2015 Macs. I have three of them and I'm still fighting an upgrade whenever possible.

*My work desktop had to endure one in order to stay connected to the Pitt network.
I also have several machines going, and I've been fighting off the upgrade too. Kind of annoyed that as of last month Microsoft Office is no longer providing updates for systems still on Mojave. I have a basic 2016 Macbook Pro 13" that I use at work sometimes, and it's my guinea pig for MacOS updates. I let it get OS updates, and Big Sur probably slowed it down about 20%.
 
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