Hi all, .
I’ve used the heck out of my maxed out 13" MBP (Mid 2014):
- 3 GHz Intel Core i7
- 8 GB 1600 MHz DDR3
- Intel Iris 1536 MB
- 500 GB Flash Storage (157 GB still ava.)
I use it for writing (G Suite), reading (Devonthink), Tinderboxing, video conferencing (Zoom, Skype), screencasting (Screenflow), email (Mailmate), planning (Omnifocus, Omnioutliner), and lots of web use for research, grading, and goofing off (Chrome). There are the occasional other uses (Photoshop, Illustrator, Word, etc.), but the apps I’ve mentioned are the most used. I also have a bunch of apps running the background (Alfred, Amphetamine, Rocket, Magnet, Fantastical, Keyboard Maestro, Text Expander, Karabiner, Hazel, Adobe CC, Google Drive, Cardhop, Forecast Bar, Freedom, Dropbox, Day One, Hooked, Be Focused, and Bartender).
Writing it all out like that, no wonder the fans are regularly whirring!
I’m feeling the computer strain under pressure. My main problems are two-fold:
First, if it’s not plugged into power, it won’t wake up reliably. This has been happening for a couple years now, seems worse in the cold. It wakes up for a minute and then goes back to sleep convinced it has no battery (if you plug it in, and get it to wake up again — always harder the second time), it usually has batter of 30-50%, sometimes upwards of 65%. This definitely wastes a good 5 minutes sometimes more every time I wake it up and if I don’t have a power cord, I can’t use the computer at all.
Second, the fans turn on and stay on about half of the time now. It suspect that Chrome is to blame, but I am tied to G Suite and Canvas for teaching and Chrome is a far better browser than Safari for those tools.
I’m wondering if it’s time to upgrade, but I also would be happy to extend the life of this machine. I gather that a new battery may eliminate my first problem, do folks concur? For my second problem, is there anything I can do to address the overload? Any obvious apps I should uninstall or strategies I should use for making Chrome behave or for upgrading my overloaded machine with more resources?