Working on old machines

over 1 year ago from , Product Designer

Does anyone here work on the MBP Retina 2012 machines?

I have an MBP 13' 8GB late 2012 and now Sketch and Figma run slowly. Setup: https://imgur.com/n48lVep

I might have another issue with my MBP anyway but I wanted to know if there's someone with a 2012 machine that runs both tools smoothly.


  • Ed P, over 1 year ago

    Yep, mid-2012 Retina MBP coming up to 8 years. Sketch and Figma no problem whatsoever.

    I do however have the quad-core as it's a 15.4" but the extra cores won't make much of a difference, RAM memory is also 8GB. What you need to do is install iStat Menus from the App Store ($4.99 - worth it compared to taking it to Apple Store) and you'll be able to diagnose your machine.

    Using iStat you can monitor your CPU, RAM, fan speed and temperature. My guess would be that your machine is full of dust making the components overheat and underdeliver in performance - look for fan speed and core temp. I take my laptop apart every two years and do a thorough cleaning with compressed air.

    But this might not be the case, only with a diagnostics app will you be able to see where your performance is spiking and on which apps. Sometimes you'll have "kernel_task" hogging all your CPU% and it will feel like other apps are unusable (because macOS is indexing all your files, nothing to do with design apps).

    Hope this helps.

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    • Itay Dreyfus, over 1 year ago

      I use CleanMyMac, it has been cleaned.. Thanks!

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      • Ed P, over 1 year ago

        As long as you're not misinterpretating and talking about physical cleaning and not digital cleaning. CleanMyMac will remove hard drive space, it won't clean up 7 years of dust on your motherboard and CPU which will cause it to overheat and lose performance.

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  • Aaron Wears Many HatsAaron Wears Many Hats, over 1 year ago

    The 8gb of ram is probably your issue, more than anything

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  • Alex HoffmanAlex Hoffman, over 1 year ago

    reimage your machine and do not restore from backup. it's a pain but it'll run like you just took it out of the box

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  • Carlos RiveraCarlos Rivera, over 1 year ago

    I adopted a similar machine recently and have noticed that the apps are running slower. Photoshop and browsers run slow.

    The original set up a 2010 MBP i7 is much better. Granted it was upgraded ram and SSD. The upgrade can't be done to the 2012 model since apple decided to change their ways.

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  • Denis RojcykDenis Rojcyk, over 1 year ago

    Take a look here, might explain some of the slowdowns (especially with Figma):


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  • TomTom TomTomTom Tom, over 1 year ago

    Iā€™d say that issue you describing is caused by graphic card (or the absence of dedicated one)

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