Reviewing Apple iMac, 21.5 inch, OS X El Capitan

The Middle

Here’s an update on the experience of a “switcher” from Windows to an Apple computer. I was happily surprised at how quickly the Apple iMac became productive. So far I am very satisfied with its performance, and have been doing my work on it efficiently.


Oops! When I first set iCloud going, it began, by default, to invisibly upload to the cloud every photo and video on my computer. This caused gridlock. For an hour I didn’t realise the cause. When I figured out what was happening, I unchecked every iCloud option, to stop it uploading automatically. I would have thought unchecked would be the sensible default. Perhaps, like Microsoft, Apple assumes that everybody has super-fast broadband.

Wireless Transfers

Use of the cloud proved to be far too slow for multiple file transfers between my iMac and Windows 10. Instead, I set up the Windows 10 notebook to “see” and access folders on the iMac directly, using a local home wireless network, without involving the internet.


My experience with TextWrangler rates ten out of ten. It even does search and replace on multiple files, and has an excellent menu options for opening and closing files.


The Apple Store didn’t have any serious photo-editing software, so I purchased PhotoShop Elements with which I am quite familiar. I am delighted with Version 14. The Camera Raw add-on is excellent. There are several other improvements. It runs well on the Apple Mac.

Time Machine

The Time Machine which works with the Time Capsule is really good and easy to use. However, on automatic it jams up our wireless system. So it has to be switched off auto, and started manually at bed time to run during the night. The same applies to Apple Updates. At least Apple makes this very easy to do.

Retina Screen

I am really enjoying working on a larger screen. Also the Retina display, with its very high resolution and beautiful lighting, is a blessing for my old eyes.

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