3 Tips to Speed Up OS X Yosemite

 

I’ve been running OS X Yosemite on my 2008 iMac, which features a 2.4 Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo processor, and 4GB RAM. Within a couple of months of installing OS X Yosemite, I observed that the overall performance of my iMac began to dip. If you too have seen a dip in overall performance post installing OS X Yosemite, here are three simple steps, that I took, which helped me drastically improve the performance of OS X Yosemite within minutes.

1- Disable Transparency

Speedup OS X Yosemite 11. Open up System Preferences and go to “Accessibility”
2. Select ‘Display’
3. Check the box next to “Reduce Transparency”

 

2 – Set The Minimize Window Effect to Scale

Speedup OS X Yosemite 21. Open up System Preferences and go to “Dock”
2. In the drop down menu next to ‘Minimize windows using” choose the “Scale Effect”

3 – Disable Widgets & Extensions You Aren’t Using

  1. Open up System Preferences and go to “Extensions”
  2. Select Today in the left sidebar, and uncheck all the widgets you don’t use
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Apple Airs New Holiday Ad “The Song”

One of the most beautiful ads that Apple has made recently. Ads like these are what make Apple stand out from the competition. The ad doesn’t focus on the technical capabilities of Apple products, it doesn’t talk about how Apple products are better than others. The ad simply shows viewers what they can do with their Apple products, using a heart-warming narrative.

Also, an interesting point that I think Apple has ended up making is that – Apple products are everyone. I use Apple products for making music, working on pictures, and to run this site. That doesn’t mean Apple products are just for young people and for people doing creative work. I know a lot of older people who use Apple products for doing simple things like keeping in touch with family, playing Sudoko, or for browsing the internet. Simply genius.

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All Things Apple Weekend Update – 14th Dec 2014

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Weekend Update is a weekly dose of All Things Apple. We curate the best Apple related articles that have been published throughout the week. These include news pieces, guides, editorials and even reviews. Here is this weeks curation of Apple related articles, by us and others that you cannot afford to miss –

All Things Apple Weekend Update – 14th Dec 2014

Apple Releases iOS 8.1.2

Design: How Apple Can Change The Enterprise Software Market

Converting Multiple Currencies and Units with Soulver – MacStories

My Favorite Things: iOS Apps – Six Colors

Person of the Year: Tim Cook of Apple – Financial Times

How Overcast asks for reviews – Marco

A great app for recording podcasts – Allen Pike

My Favorite Things: Mac apps – Six Colors

 Apple Watch: Hard Questions, Facile Predictions – Monday Note

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Design: How Apple Can Change The Enterprise Software Market

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Yesterday Apple and IBM, announced the release of 10 new enterprise oriented apps. These apps aim to serve several industry verticals, including Banking and Financial services, Travel and Transportation, Retail, Insurance, Telco, and Government.

What really struck me about these apps is how they are unlike any other enterprise apps that I have seen. These apps aren’t just awfully powerful, but they are also aesthetically appealing. All of the apps in the suite are well designed, but the apps for the *Travel and Transportation* vertical, namely _Passenger +_ and _Plan Fight_ stand out from the rest and are miles ahead of any enterprise app that I’ve ever used or come across, in terms of their design.

The enterprise software market is estimated to be valued at $321 billion and is dominated by players like Cisco, Microsoft, and Oracle. Entering such a market (with the help of IBM) was a bold move for Apple, but it makes a perfect sense to me. The enterprise software market has for quite some time been in need of a player who makes software that isn’t just powerful, but also well designed. I have been working for 3 years now, and I’ve never come across a well designed enterprise software. They are all the same – cluttered, complicated, disordered, involve complicated workflows for performing simple tasks, and are extremely hard to learn. Software made by Apple on the other hand is focused, simple, easy to use, and doesn’t have much of a steep learning curve.

I am confident that this partnership is going to be a huge success for Apple and IBM. The ingenuity of Apple lies in its ability to solve problems that no-one else is trying to solve. Apple could’t have found a bigger problem to fix in the enterprise market – the lack of consideration for UI/UX within the enterprise eco-system is possibly the biggest challenge the enterprise market is facing today.

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Apple Releases iOS 8.1.2

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Earlier today, Apple released iOS 8.1.2, an update that brings several bug fixes, along with a solution for an issue that caused ringtones purchased through the iTunes Store to be removed from an iOS device (Apple advises users who have lost ringtones to restore them by visiting itunes.com/restore-tones from their iOS devices).

As always, you can get the update “Over the Air” through your phone, or through iTunes.

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All Things Apple Weekend Update – 7th Dec 2014

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Weekend Update is a weekly dose of All Things Apple. We curate the best Apple related articles that have been published throughout the week. These include news pieces, guides, editorials and even reviews. Here is this weeks curation of Apple related articles, by us and others that you cannot afford to miss –

All Things Apple Weekend Update – 7th Dec 2014

Bundled Apps & 16GB iOS Devices

Google and Apple’s Combined Market Capitalization Crosses $1 Trillion

Wish List: Apple Pay your friends – Six Colors

HOME SCREENS: KATIE FLOYD’S IPAD – MACSPARKY

Second Bite: Can Apple clear its name in the ebooks drama? – Fortune

Apple Deleted Rivals’ Songs from Users’ iPods – WSJ

Retina OSX on the Original Macintosh – The Cleverest

No, You Can’t Manufacture That Like Apple Does – Medium

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Bundled Apps & 16GB iOS Devices

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Recently an article on MacRumors revealed that the Beats app will be bundled into the next version of iOS. I don’t know if the app will be bundled in the way the Health, Podcasts, or Newsstand apps are or whether it will be bundled like the iWork app. For now, I am assuming its the former.

Personally, I really enjoyed using the Beats app and I wouldn’t really mind it if Apple bundled it with iOS. That being said, with Apple still selling 16 GB devices I don’t know how much sense it makes for them to bundle any more apps, considering that this would invariably increase the update size for each iteration of iOS.

As a matter of fact, I would really like to have an option to delete all these bundled apps within iOS that I never use, which instead of offering any benefit to me end up consuming precious space on my iOS devices. I can’t remember the last time that I used the Maps app, or the PhotoBooth app, or even the Newsstand App. One way to solve this problem is to hide the apps in a folder. But this solution only partially solves the problem because although they aren’t taking up much screen real estate, they are still blocking precious space that I could use for something else.

I know it’s wishful thinking, but I’m really hoping Apple allows us to delete some of the stock apps in iOS 9.

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Google and Apple’s Combined Market Capitalization Crosses $1 Trillion

As reported by MacRumors, Apple’s market capitalization touched $693.53 billion yesterday. What I found extremely interesting is that if you combine the market capitalization of Google and Apple, it amounts to roughly $1 trillion. Let me repeat that – $1 trillion.

That’s more than the GDP for several developed countries such as Denmark, Netherlands, Switzerland, among others.

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All Things Apple Weekend Update – 23rd Nov 2014

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Weekend Update is a weekly dose of All Things Apple. We curate the best Apple related articles that have been published throughout the week. These include news pieces, guides, editorials and even reviews. Here is this weeks curation of Apple related articles, by us and others that you cannot afford to miss –

All Things Apple Weekend Update – 23rd Nov 2014

Flaw or Feature?

Brief Thoughts on iOS 8 Adoption

IN DEFENSE OF IWORK – MacSparky

iPhone 6 Plus Pixel Peeping – Ole Begemann

A day with WATCH – furbo.org

Wish List: Handoff for iTunes and Music – Six Colors

Square Announces Plans to Begin Accepting Apple Pay in 2015 – MacRumors

Exclusive: The iPhone 6’s A8 chip can play 4K video – TUAW

Apple Releases Its Most Important Typeface In 20 Years – Fast Company/Design

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Flaw or Feature?

I came across this article by BusinessInsider on Linkedin earlier this week –

“The watch and the phone are constantly talking,” said an iOS developer. “The code actually sits on your phone. Only the [user interface] elements are on the watch.”

The Apple Watch will be dependent on your iPhone to run virtually every application.

Your iPhone does all the heavy lifting while your Apple Watch acts like an extra display.

“It’s interesting how little the watch does; it seems that it literally does nothing except [user interface] work.”

That doesn’t bode well for the Apple Watch.

Apple is known for linking its products together, but the Apple Watch is so dependent on the iPhone to do anything that Apple has effectively added hundreds to the cost of their already pricey smartwatch.

To me the fact that the Apple Watch makes the iPhone perform most of its task is a clear feature and not a flaw. The iPhone should do all the heavy lifting for the Apple Watch, since it has a bigger battery, more processing power, and since we carry our phones practically everywhere we go. A device independent smartwatch might make sense a few years from now, but as of now, I don’t see this as a flaw.

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