Apps Launch Very Slowly

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  1. CrazyChef macrumors newbie

    CrazyChef

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    I got this Mac "brand new" as a refurbished unit directly from Apple. Since the day I got it, the apps are extremely slow to launch - the icons just bounce for about 30+ seconds before they launch. General usage of the computer is sluggish, as well. Any suggestions"

    Here are the specs:

    macOS Mojave
    Version 10.14.2

    iMac (21.5-inch, 2017)
    Processor: 2.3 GHz Intel Core i5
    Memory: 8 GB 2133 MHz DDR4
    Startup Disk: Macintosh HD
    Graphics: Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640 1536 MB
     
  2. CrazyChef thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Huh?
     
  3. PinkyMacGodess macrumors 601

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    Wipe and reload Mojave. It's a new mac, so there shouldn't be much to backup.
     
  4. CrazyChef thread starter macrumors newbie

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    No, I've had it about a year - bought it because I was sick of MS Windows being so slow (among other things). I was quite disappointed in how slow the Mac was when I got it, but said whatever and just dealt with it. But I figured maybe someone had some insight so I joined this forum hoping for a solution. Updating to 10.14.4 right now, hoping that'll maybe help.
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    Oh yeah, I also have 2 additional monitors hooked up to it, if that makes a difference.
     
  5. PinkyMacGodess macrumors 601

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    Sorry, I assumed by your original post that you just got it.

    Check for 'login items' in 'System Preferences' 'Login Items'. Some programs stick a lot of crap there that is like Autoexec in Windows. The less the better...
     
  6. CrazyChef thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Okay, I'll do that after I reboot from the 10.14.4 update. Anything specific I should be looking for? Oh, and thank you for your quick replies - I very much appreciate your help.
     
  7. rmpbklyn macrumors member

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    i use quicksilver and himmel bar(similar to a start-> applications) . some like alfred launcher
     
  8. CrazyChef thread starter macrumors newbie

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    So these are better than using the standard launch bar at the bottom of the screen?
     
  9. Fishrrman macrumors P6

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    There is ONE answer as to why the apps are "slow to launch" (perhaps boot time, too):
    You have a SLOW internal platter-based hard drive.

    Buying it configured like that was a mistake, but if it's too late to return it, the Mac can be made to boot and run MUCH faster:

    Buy an EXTERNAL USB3 SSD, plug it in, and set it up to become the boot drive.
    Do this, and everything will go MUCH faster.
    Cheap, easy, quick.

    You have three ways to "get there" (from fast, to faster, to fastest):
    1. Get a "ready-to-go" USB3 SSD, such as a Sandisk Extreme or Samsung t5. This will give you read speeds around 430mbps.

    2. Buy a USB 3.1 "gen2" enclosure, and a blade-type NVME SSD. You have to buy the components and assemble them yourself (takes only a screwdriver), but this combination will give you read speeds around 900+/-mbps. Almost double that of USB3.1 gen1.

    3. Buy a thunderbolt3 drive such as the Samsung X5. These are VERY fast (read speeds over 2,000mbps), but they are considerably more expensive.

    IMO, the best way to go (considering your situation) would be option 2. You'll see speeds that will change your frown into a BIG smile.

    Setting up an external boot drive is EASY.
    You DON'T have to buy "a big drive" -- I'd suggest 512gb.
    Even 256gb will do the job well.

    But again -- the slow internal HDD is the source of your problems.
    There is NO WAY to "fix this", other than booting from a faster drive (SSD).
    And again, the fastest, easiest, cheapest way to "get there" is to add an external USB3 SSD.
     
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    CrazyChef thread starter macrumors newbie

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    So then, I'm curious - why would Apple even sell this setup if it's so slow right from the start? I paid just under $1,000 for it (not including the 2 extra monitors).
     
  11. shamelin73 macrumors member

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    They have to cater to all people. Generally you pay more for performance. Some people just want something to do email and browse the net. Like my mom she would be fine with your setup but I would need the 2.6 macbook pro
     

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