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What Gellyneck said. However, there are lots of hints and tips on line about cleaning up the hard drive and flushing junk out of the system that have the potential to free up some RAM space.
 
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What Gellyneck said. However, there are lots of hints and tips on line about cleaning up the hard drive and flushing junk out of the system that have the potential to free up some RAM space.
Sounds like a lot of hassle

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Is it possible to increase the memory?
The simplest way is to use iCloud in my experience. Depending on how much memory you agree to, you pay a small monthly amount and then simply upload files that are not used regularly. You can also put all your files via my documents, my photos etc. on there, then it is automatically backing everything up. After a bit of faff setting it up its seamless, when you open files it doesn't matter where they are stored. You just go to my documents, photos or whatever and the iCloud software does the rest. The files you use regularly are on your PC the ones you don't are in the cloud. It's much cheaper than buying a new machine.
 

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What Gellyneck said. However, there are lots of hints and tips on line about cleaning up the hard drive and flushing junk out of the system that have the potential to free up some RAM space.

Expanding slightly on this. When you install some applications they also add background functions that will take up RAM. Removing or disabling any programs/apps may free up some RAM. For the PC there are programs that do this for you like CCleaner .. There is a Mac version available with a free trial that may help.
 
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2020 Apple MacBook Air Laptop: Apple M1 Chip, 13” Retina Display, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD Storage, Backlit Keyboard, FaceTime HD Camera, Touch ID; Gold​

 
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2020 Apple MacBook Air Laptop: Apple M1 Chip, 13” Retina Display, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD Storage, Backlit Keyboard, FaceTime HD Camera, Touch ID; Gold​

Go for it, you know you want to......

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2020 Apple MacBook Air Laptop: Apple M1 Chip, 13” Retina Display, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD Storage, Backlit Keyboard, FaceTime HD Camera, Touch ID; Gold​

OK possibly you have not got it yet ;) below is my 512GB MacBook Air, just had to replace old 256GB, I had to put some photos in the cloud as I have over 20k.

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I bought a MacBook Pro when I retired in 2013. I would have specced it well at the time. It is still going strong and performing well. It has 16Gb of 1600 MHz DDR3 RAM, a 2.8 GHz Intel Core i7 processor and NVIDIA GeforceGT 650M 1 Gb and Intel HD Graphics 4000 1536 Mb graphics cards and 750 Gb solid state drive.

I use iCloud for almost all file storage but the iCloud is NOT a backup as I found out to my cost when I found an important spreadsheet file got corrupted somehow. I now save copies locally and offload copies of the internal solid state drive to local hard disks and can also burn copies to CD plus the original on iCloud.

It’s no different with iPhones. I have just bought a new one as storage was totally inadequate and continually uploading Apps to iCloud which are not then available if you don’t have a signal. I have about 3,000 songs on it plus loads of photos, Apps etc and now have 256 Gb of storage with over half free.

False economy buying computers and phones with mean amounts of memory and storage.
 
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I bought a MacBook Pro when I retired in 2013. I would have specced it well at the time. It is still going strong and performing well. It has 16Gb of 1600 MHz DDR3 RAM, a 2.8 GHz Intel Core i7 processor and NVIDIA GeforceGT 650M 1 Gb and Intel HD Graphics 4000 1536 Mb graphics cards and 750 Gb solid state drive.

I use iCloud for almost all file storage but the iCloud is NOT a backup as I found out to my cost when I found an important spreadsheet file got corrupted somehow. I now save copies locally and offload copies of the internal solid state drive to local hard disks and can also burn copies to CD plus the original on iCloud.

It’s no different with iPhones. I have just bought a new one as storage was totally inadequate and continually uploading Apps to iCloud which are not then available if you don’t have a signal. I have about 3,000 songs on it plus loads of photos, Apps etc and now have 256 Gb of storage with over half free.

False economy buying computers and phones with mean amounts of memory and storage.
It depends what sort of computer as if it's not apple you can add to it
 

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It depends what sort of computer as if it's not apple you can add to it
Yes my first computer was an 8086 IBM compatible Ferranti, the Compaq portables and luggable which all got upgraded with larger memory and bigger disks and various plug in PC boards for games, graphics etc.

Having had a lifetime of Microsoft based software I wanted an Apple to play with in retirement.

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Is it possible to increase the memory?
Manage the memory if you can, use Time Machine to ‘back up’ your Mac you set this up on a separate hard drive and suggest it’s a dedicated drive. If you get a new Mac you just restore from that drive.

Go to the App Store and download Gemini 2 this will find duplicate photos or files and then you can choose which ones to delete

I use two sources to back up files and documents one is the BT cloud (but any cloud storage would do) I also use a NAS I have 6 tb of storage but you could use any other drive to store docs that you may not need.

Hope this helps the Gemini 2 app is a really good one it surprising how many duplicates may build up over time
 

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It depends what sort of computer as if it's not apple you can add to it
Some macs you can and some you can’t, but to be honest why? If all your baubles are in one large storage and it fails they are gone forever My NAS has raid 1 and two 6 tb of disc space as it has happened one disc went pop installed a new one and the system rebuilt with no data loss. I also have 1tb of free data storage with BT cloud as part of my broadband package BT will also have multiple instances so if a disc goes my data will still be available. If you manage your data you probably do not need huge disc space on your Mac or PC.
 
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Its not Apple, but what do you guys with an open mind think of this?,(see link below) TinaL has been using and still is The E1, but the battery life is not as good as it was. I am going to get this for her Xmas Pressie as being disabled she is on it most of the day, even watches TV, I Player & other stuff while resting.
She also stores stuff on The Cloud, and has downloaded loads of apps with no problems, no blue screen crashes, its been unbeatable at the price point,1TB memory via Card Slot, and is made in The UK "Allegedly";)
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Its not Apple, but what do you guys with an open mind think of this?,(see link below) TinaL has been using and still is The E1, but the battery life is not as good as it was. I am going to get this for her Xmas Pressie as being disabled she is on it most of the day, even watches TV, I Player & other stuff while resting.
She also stores stuff on The Cloud, and has downloaded loads of apps with no problems, no blue screen crashes, its been unbeatable at the price point,1TB memory via Card Slot, and is made in The UK "Allegedly";)
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I think if she's been happy with the previous version it should be fine although I'm no expert at looking at specifications. I bought an Amazon fire tablet for looking up guitar music it works fine although you have to download separate software to run g-mail and use chrome as a browser they want you to use their own browser with ads.
 
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So to connect this to an external monitor you will need a Thunderbolt cable? No HDMI?

Will there be any issues connecting Android phones?
 
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My MacBook Pro (2017 model) only has 4 usb-c ports, nothing else. You have to buy adapters if you want USB-B, hdmi, sd card reader etc.
 

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Being low on external ports is quite typical for recent laptops.

To add HDMI, more USB, etc. Docking stations are common.
But you aren’t tied to proprietary kit.
For example, Dell have a range of docks suitable for PC or Mac: https://www.dell.com/en-uk/shop/docks-and-stands/ar/5441

We had a few Dell docking stations at our AWS support office (y)
 

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and for the reasons noted above I don't use Apple products. So restrictive it's nigh on a monopoly situation.

ShiftZZ if you've been \ are using non-Apple products what's your key drivers for a change to Apple?
 
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and for the reasons noted above I don't use Apple products. So restrictive it's nigh on a monopoly situation.

ShiftZZ if you've been \ are using non-Apple products what's your key drivers for a change to Apple?
I had an opod and an Apple iPhone 2, which was a nightmare.

Recen I've started my guitar lessons and my tutor has an Apple Desktop and from what I can see its very impressive.
Just wondering, plus I'm in Coventry on Wednesday having my car serviced, I may have a play in PC world.

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