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martint235

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So the last part of me adopting the Apple ecosystem was to buy a Mac. I’ve had an iPad for a few years (currently a 12.9 Pro) which was followed by an iPhone (now an XS Max) and an S4 watch. My PC is around 10 years old and dying, I recently had to downgrade from Win10. So with the new Mac:

  • What’s the first things I should do?
  • What apps should I go for? Just the ones on the iPad I presume.
  • Are there any issues I need to be aware of?
TIA
 

ginhb

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So the last part of me adopting the Apple ecosystem was to buy a Mac. I’ve had an iPad for a few years (currently a 12.9 Pro) which was followed by an iPhone (now an XS Max) and an S4 watch. My PC is around 10 years old and dying, I recently had to downgrade from Win10. So with the new Mac:

  • What’s the first things I should do?
  • What apps should I go for? Just the ones on the iPad I presume.
  • Are there any issues I need to be aware of?
TIA
Just about the same situation for me, long time Windows user but also used an iPad and iPhone. Switched to a 27" iMac in early Sept. It's a great machine. There's not much to do really, except figure out how you want to backup your data. Some people use Time Machine, others use Cloning software like Carbon Copy Cloner, or Super Duper. I'm using the cloning method, Super Duper. Clone the OS to a SSD external drive and make it bootable. Any issues with your main drive just boot from the external drive and all your files are there too.

The included Apps cover most things for me although I added Photoshop. Needed an editor better than the included Photos app.
 
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martint235

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Just about the same situation for me, long time Windows user but also used an iPad and iPhone. Switched to a 27" iMac in early Sept. It's a great machine. There's not much to do really, except figure out how you want to backup your data. Some people use Time Machine, others use Cloning software like Carbon Copy Cloner, or Super Duper. I'm using the cloning method, Super Duper. Clone the OS to a SSD external drive and make it bootable. Any issues with your main drive just boot from the external drive and all your files are there too.

The included Apps cover most things for me although I added Photoshop. Needed an editor better than the included Photos app.
I’ve got a Zoolz backup of all my data so I think I’m good with that. I’m so looking forward to it arriving. It was flipping expensive but everything I’ve read says it’s worth it
 

ginhb

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Yes they are expensive compared to a build-it-yourself Windows machine. But I really wanted to ditch Windows and switch to a Mac. The Macs are less vulnerable to all the exploits that attack Windows machines. Microsoft has to constantly patch their OS with new security updates. Apple seems to care more about privacy too. Microsoft and Google? Forget it. So far I really like my iMac. No regrets at all. I went with a 500GB SSD inside, then added a couple external Samsung T5 SSD's for more storage and backups.
 

martint235

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Yes they are expensive compared to a build-it-yourself Windows machine. But I really wanted to ditch Windows and switch to a Mac. The Macs are less vulnerable to all the exploits that attack Windows machines. Microsoft has to constantly patch their OS with new security updates. Apple seems to care more about privacy too. Microsoft and Google? Forget it. So far I really like my iMac. No regrets at all. I went with a 500GB SSD inside, then added a couple external Samsung T5 SSD's for more storage and backups.
Mine has a Fusion drive which I understand is a mix of SSD and HDD. Not sure in what ratio yet but it’s 1TB.

The Windows machine will initially become a Linux test bed but it has two 1TB drives in it so I may convert it to a NAS at a later date.
 

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OP --

Once you have the new iMac, I'd suggest that BEFORE you do anything drastic with the Windows PC, that you keep BOTH OF THEM running for a little while.

The idea is to get stuff moved gradually to the "Mac side of things".
But... you want to be able to "fall back to Windows" if you need to, as you grow accustomed to the Mac OS. Don't try to "do it all at once".

Which apps?
That depends on what you want to do, what you need to do.
Not much more can be said about that.
 

martint235

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It arrived!!!! And I love it!!!

First thing I'm struggling with is TV services though Sky Q; Amazon Video and Netflix don't seem to have an app for MacOS. I can watch from the website obviously but would have preferred an app. What do other people use instead?