New Air and Spinning Beach Ball?

Mac Mark

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Dec 31, 2019
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Hi,

Long time MacBook user, just switched to the 2019 MacBook Air, 8 gig RAM. I've had not one, but two new MacBook Airs exhibit the same behavior - the dreaded spinning beach ball.

My Air is a clean install, lots of SSD remaining, basic email open, YouTube, a couple websites and I'm surprised how it apparently struggles to handle this basic stuff.

I had an earlier Air, as well as the 12" MacBook, and neither struggled as much as the 2019 Air seems to.

I'm reviewing a couple articles on the spinning beach ball but wanted to vet the forum and see if any users are experiencing this and/or is it time to simply get the Pro? Did they drop the Air price as well as the performance? Yikes...

Let me know your thoughts, thanks.
 

topcat001

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Nov 17, 2019
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I wonder if it's the usual indexing activity. I'd leave it on overnight for a couple of nights, plugged in and sleep disabled. Also, did you migrate any data from an older system?
 
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auxbuss

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It's not normal. What do the logs say? What does Activity Monitor tell you?
 

Mac Mark

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Original poster
Dec 31, 2019
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Thanks for your replies, good ideas. It is a clean install but I have everything (well, not a lot) in iCloud.

Maybe it's indexing and/or doing some movement from Cloud to Air.

I'll try leaving it on as well as checking logs and report back later, gotta now watch some bowl games...

Thanks, Mark
 

rdavis41

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I had the same issue occur when I set mine up. I let it stay on over night and it seems to have gone away. I found it was the system catching up with my Apple Music, OneDrive, and iCloud accounts. Works pretty good now.