Issues Booting Up
If your MacBook fails to start up correctly, then it is probably best to boot it up in Safe Mode. The operating system will boot up with the least required software and run diagnostic checks to resolve issues which may be contributing to the failure.
To enter safe mode, simply turn on your MacBook and hold down the shift key. You can release the shift key once the apple logo has appeared and disappeared on the screen.
Spinning Beach Ball
The spinning beach ball is Apple’s way of signifying a delay in processing, which could be a result of apps running in the background, or a lack of available memory resources. One idea is to free up some memory on your mac, by doing a clean-up of any large files, or programs which you no longer use.
You can also open up the Activity Monitor window to get a real-time view of the CPU and memory that each app is using.
This can be found by opening the finder, and navigating to the Applications Folder on the left hand menu. From here open the Utilities folder, where you will find the Activity Monitor. You can also search for it in your launchpad. From here you can quit or force quit any apps which are slowing your machine.
Connecting to the Internet
It is quite common for MacBooks to experience issues with connecting to various Wi-Fi networks. If it is a home network, it could be an idea to restart the router, and see if this resolves the issue. If the router is not the cause, then it might be an idea to forget the network and try connecting again. You will need to click on the Wi-Fi icon in the toolbar at the top of the screen. Alternatively you can open System Preferences -> Network -> Advanced Settings.
Issues with the Keyboard
Since Apple introduced the Butterfly keyboard in 2015, it seems that many users are experiencing issues where the keys don’t work quite as they should. The issue is most likely dust and particles getting underneath the keys. This can stop the key from fully depressing, and thus the desired function not working.
Apple announced in 2018, that they would offer free repairs for select models after 2015, where users are experiencing these issues. Contact an Apple Store or Apple retailer to see if you qualify for the free repair. Some caveats on this though. If your MacBook has other unrelated issues, Apple may determine to charge you for repairs. Also, you could be waiting two weeks or more if your MacBook needs to be sent away for repair. For a quicker turnaround, here at iElecton, we can complete most MacBook repairs in under two hours.
Delamination of the Display
Apple’s high resolution retina display is one of the major selling points for the MacBook, however it is prone to delamination, which is a breakdown in layers that make up the display. This will first appear as smudges, which makes it increasingly difficult to use the display as the damage progresses. Impact or stress to the surface can lead to this, so be sure to be careful of how you store and transport your MacBook.
If you do run into this issue, then unfortunately you will need to look at replacement options, as Apple no longer offer free replacement displays for this issue. It can be a costly and possibly replacement process through an authorized Apple reseller, but here at iElectron, we offer competitive pricing and a quick turnaround. You can also book your MacBook repair here, where we offer nationwide courier collection.