How to set up your new mac

При первом включении MacBook Pro запускается программа «Ассистент настройки», которая поможет Вам начать пользоваться новым компьютером Mac. Вы можете ответить на все запросы или пропустить некоторые шаги и выполнить их позже. Например, после первичной настройки можно настроить ограничения Экранного времени для различных пользователей.

Ассистент настройки поможет Вам выполнить следующие действия.

Настройка страны или региона. При этом устанавливаются язык и часовой пояс для компьютера Mac.

Параметры Универсального доступа. Настройте функции Универсального доступа для людей с нарушениями зрения, моторики, слуха, когнитивных способностей или нажмите «Не сейчас». Подробнее см. в разделе Средства универсального доступа на компьютере Mac.

Подключение к сети Wi-Fi. Выберите сеть и при необходимости введите пароль. (Если Вы используете Ethernet, также можно выбрать «Другие параметры сети».) Чтобы изменить настройки сети позже, нажмите значок Wi‑Fi в строке меню или Пункте управления, нажмите «Другие сети», затем выберите сеть Wi‑Fi и введите пароль. Здесь Вы также можете включать или выключать Wi-Fi.

Совет. Если после настройки в строке меню не отображается значок Wi-Fi , его можно добавить. Откройте Системные настройки, затем нажмите «Сеть». В списке слева нажмите «Wi-Fi», затем выберите «Показывать статус Wi-Fi в строке меню».

Перенос информации. Если Вы настраиваете новый компьютер и никогда ранее не настраивали Mac, нажмите «Не сейчас» в окне Ассистента миграции. Если Вы хотите перенести данные с другого компьютера сейчас или позже, см. раздел Перенос данных на новый MacBook Pro ().

Вход с Apple ID. Apple ID состоит из адреса электронной почты и пароля. Это учетная запись, которая используется практически для всего, что связано с Apple, включая App Store, приложение Apple TV, Apple Books, iCloud, Сообщения и многое другое. Лучше всего завести собственный Apple ID, которым будете пользоваться только Вы. Если у Вас еще нет Apple ID, Вы можете создать его в ходе первоначальной настройки (это бесплатно). Для доступа к любой службе Apple достаточно выполнить вход с Apple ID на устройстве, например компьютере, устройстве iOS, iPadOS или Apple Watch. См. Учетная запись Apple на Mac.

Совет. Если Вы когда-либо настраивали устройство с более старой версией программного обеспечения (macOS 12 или более ранняя версия, iOS 15 или более ранняя версия, iPadOS 15 или более ранняя версия), Вы увидите панель «Ваши настройки для нового Mac» — это режим экспресс-настройки, в котором гораздо меньше этапов, поскольку используются сведения, хранящиеся в Вашей учетной записи iCloud.

Хранение файлов в iCloud. iCloud дает возможность хранить различные документы, фотографии и другие материалы в облаке и получать к ним доступ отовсюду. На всех устройствах должен быть выполнен вход с одним и тем же Apple ID. Чтобы изменить параметр позже, откройте Системные настройки и выполните вход со своим Apple ID, если Вы этого еще не сделали. Нажмите «Apple ID», в боковом меню нажмите «iCloud» и выберите функции, которые хотите использовать. Вы можете также включить Связку ключей iCloud и хранить в ней пароли. Процедуру см. в разделе Доступ к содержимому iCloud на Mac.

Экранное время. Узнайте, сколько времени Вы проводите за компьютером, и получайте отчеты. Сведения о параметрах и дополнительная информация приведены в разделе Экранное время на Mac.

Включение Siri и функции «Привет, Siri». Включить Siri и функцию «Привет, Siri», чтобы обращаться к Siri, можно во время первоначальной настройки. Чтобы включить функцию «Привет, Siri», при появлении запроса произнесите несколько команд для Siri. Сведения о возможностях Siri на компьютере Mac и о том, как включить Siri и функцию «Привет, Siri» позже, приведены в разделе Функция Siri на Mac.

Настройка Touch ID. Во время первоначальной настройки можно добавить отпечаток пальца для использования Touch ID. Чтобы настроить Touch ID позже или добавить дополнительные отпечатки пальцев, откройте Системные настройки, затем нажмите «Touch ID». Чтобы добавить отпечаток пальца, нажмите и следуйте инструкциям на экране.

Вы также можете настроить следующие параметры использования Touch ID на MacBook Pro: разблокировка Mac, использование Apple Pay (подробнее в разделе Использование Apple Pay на Mac), совершение покупок в App Store, приложении Apple TV, Apple Books и на веб‑сайтах, а также автозаполнение паролей.

Совет. Если MacBook Pro используется несколькими людьми, каждый из них может добавить свой отпечаток пальца для Touch ID для быстрой разблокировки компьютера, аутентификации и входа в систему MacBook Pro. Для каждой учетной записи можно добавить до трех отпечатков пальцев (до пяти отпечатков пальцев для всех учетных записей MacBook Pro).

Чтобы узнать больше, обратитесь к разделу Использование Touch ID на Mac в Руководстве пользователя macOS.

Настройка Apple Pay. В процессе настройки можно настроить Apple Pay для учетной записи одного из пользователей MacBook Pro. Другие пользователи также смогут совершать покупки с помощью Apple Pay, однако для этого им потребуется воспользоваться iPhone или Apple Watch с настроенной функцией Apple Pay (см. раздел Использование Apple Pay на Mac). Следуйте инструкциям на экране, чтобы добавить и подтвердить данные своей платежной карты. Если Вы уже использовали карту для оплаты мультимедийного контента, Вам, возможно, будет предложено сначала подтвердить данные этой карты.

Чтобы настроить Apple Pay или добавить дополнительные карты позже, откройте Системные настройки, затем нажмите «Wallet и Apple Pay». Для настройки Apple Pay следуйте инструкциям на экране.

Примечание. Эмитент карты определит, можете ли Вы использовать свою карту совместно с Apple Pay, и, возможно, запросит дополнительную информацию для завершения процесса подтверждения. Apple Pay поддерживается многими кредитными и платежными картами. Информацию о доступности Apple Pay и текущих эмитентах кредитных карт см. в статье на сайте поддержки Apple Европейские банки, включенные в систему Apple Pay.

Настройка оформления интерфейса. Выберите вариант оформления: «Светлое», «Темное» или «Автоматически». Чтобы изменить выбор, сделанный во время первоначальной настройки, откройте Системные настройки, нажмите «Основные», затем выберите вариант оформления. Здесь также можно настроить другие параметры.

Совет. Если Вы ранее не пользовались компьютером Mac, прочитайте раздел Это Ваш первый Mac? и статью службы поддержки Apple Как это называется в Mac? и Советы по работе на компьютерах Mac для пользователей Windows.

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  • 1. Charge Your MacBook Pro
  • 2. Start the MacBook Pro
  • 3. Choose Your Country
  • 4. Select A Keyboard
  • 5. Join Wi-Fi Network
  • 6. Transfer Old Mac to New Mac
  • 7. Set up iCloud
  • 8. Create A Username and Password
  • 9. Disable/Enable Diagnostics & Usage
  • 10. Enable Siri
  • 11. Set Up Touch ID

When you get a brand new MacBook Pro, what do you need to do to set it up? The following procedure explains how to set up a new MacBook Pro.

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1. Charge Your MacBook Pro

Although a new MacBook always comes with enough power in the battery to turn on. You have to connect it to a power source as you have no ideas about when the battery drains. You don’t want that the MacBook suddenly shut off during the setup. So you’d better plug the USB-C charger in before you move on to next step.

2. Start the MacBook Pro

The Power button is on the top right of the keyboard above the Delete Key. Press it to start your Mac.

3. Choose Your Country

The MacBook Pro would ask you what country you are in to determine the system language as well as the formats of dates, time, etc. If you don’t want to mess up language or time on the Macbook, choose the country accordingly.

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4. Select A Keyboard

The system would suggest US keyboard as standard, however, you could choose a foreign keyboard if you need. Click Show All to find the desired keyboard.

5. Join Wi-Fi Network

You will then need to join a Wi-Fi network. Choose your Wi-Fi from the list of available network.

  • If you would like to connect the MacBook Pro to an Ethernet network, you should choose "Use Another Network".
  • If you don’t want to connect a network at this time, you could just click Continue to skip this step.

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6. Transfer Old Mac to New Mac

If you have an old MacBook or iMac, you can transfer everything (apps, files, accounts, etc.) from old Mac to the new MacBook Pro. There are several ways to do this.

Use Thunderbolt cable to connect the new MacBook Pro to the old Mac. Then launch Migration Assistant on both Mac to transfer files, apps and other information to the new Mac.

How to set up your new mac

Also, if you used to backup data of your old Mac via Time Machine, you can connect the Time Machine drive to your new MacBook Pro and restore the backup.

7. Set up iCloud

Log in your iCloud account with the correct Apple ID and password. In this way, you could sync data between your Mac and iOS device and make full use of Apple services like iCloud Photo Library, Find My Mac.

Also, it is significant to enable Location Services and "Find my Mac", which will be very useful if the MacBook Pro is lost or stolen.

8. Create A Username and Password

Next, you have to create a computer account. You are required to create a username and you could let macOS make up one for you based on the full name you type. The password is also required. Tick Require password when logging in and type the password hint as well.

If you want to disable your password later, you could go to Security or the Users & Groups control panel to set it.

How to set up your new mac

9. Disable/Enable Diagnostics & Usage

MacBook Pro would request permission for Sending diagnostics and usage data to Apple as well as Share crash data with non-Apple developers. You could uncheck the boxes if you have a concern about privacy. However, allowing bug reports will help developers fix and update problems with applications and macOS.

How to set up your new mac

10. Enable Siri

Siri, as the automated assistants, would help you solve many problems via voice or text input. It can help you send messages, locate files, play music, get weather or other information from Internet and more. Enable Siri if you want to enjoy the convenience.

11. Set up Touch ID

Touch ID is a fingerprint recognition feature which allows you to log in your account without typing the password. The Touch ID locates on the right side of the Touch Bar at the top of the keyboard. It could actually save your times and enable you to unlock MacBook Pro quickly.

Similar to Touch ID on iPhone, you’ll have to tap and lift your finger several times to register your fingerprint.

NOTE: If you would like to add more fingerprints, you could go to Apple Menu > System Preference > Touch ID to add your fingerprint. In the selection of usage of Touch ID, checks the Touch ID features that you want to use on your Mac.

How to set up your new mac

That’s all for setting up a MacBook Pro. You can now get into the Mac. There are some settings that you would like to customize:

It might take you a little bit longer, but this is the right way to set up your Mac. Trust me, it’s worth it.

How to set up your new mac

New Mac? Don’t hit that power button just yet!

Apple’s newest computers — MacBook Air, MacBook Pro and Mac Mini — are fast, have impressive battery life and can even run iPhone apps . The difference between this crop and previous models? These are powered by the Apple Silicon M1 processor . It’s the same kind of processor the company uses in the iPhone and iPad. If you spoiled yourself and picked up a new Mac this holiday season, or were lucky enough to get one as a gift, don’t rush through the setup process.

Whether you’re replacing a worn-down MacBook or getting rid of a tired PC , it’s only natural to want to tear open the box, hit the power button and cruise through the setup prompts. But before you do that, take a deep breath and a step back. There are some things you need to know about setting up a Mac.

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For starters, the process can take several hours if you plan on transferring your data from another computer. Then there are other things to consider: Do you need FileVault? How can you get information off of your old Mac or PC and onto the new one? Those questions are exactly why we’re here.

How to set up your new mac

There’s something special about getting a new computer.

What you’ll need

Make sure to set aside around an hour to get your Mac set up. The process will take longer if you plan on restoring your Mac from a Time Machine backup of another Mac.

In addition to a reliable internet connection, you’ll need your Wi-Fi network information, your Apple ID username and password, and the Mac’s charger or power cord.

Having a piece of paper and a pen nearby is helpful. During the setup process, you’ll be asked to create a user account, which includes a username and password. We don’t recommend storing passwords on paper — it’s much safer to use a password manager — but a piece of paper is helpful for temporarily storing this kind of information until you can enter it into your password manager. Just make sure to destroy the piece of paper when you’re done.

Once you have everything in order, connect the charger or power cord to your Mac and turn it on.

How to set up your new mac

Setting up a new Mac isn’t hard, but it can take some time.

Apple’s Setup Assistant walks you through most of the process

The first time your Mac turns on, a setup assistant will greet you. The assistant will walk you through selecting your country and language, and connecting the Mac to the internet. You’ll also be tasked with creating a user account on the Mac and signing into your Apple ID.

Throughout the process you’ll be asked if you want to enable services like FileVault, iCloud Keychain or Find My Mac. You’ll also be asked if you want to enable Siri or provide any logs to developers when issues are detected. Here’s what some of those features mean for you.

FileVault encrypts your Mac’s hard drive to prevent unauthorized access to the information you store on it. If you aren’t sure, you can always enable or disable it in the future.

iCloud Keychain is Apple’s password manager that’s built into all of its devices. If you use iCloud Keychain on an iPhone ($499 at Apple) or iPad ($265 at Amazon) , those usernames and passwords will also be available on your Mac. iCloud Keychain also stores your Wi-Fi network credentials, meaning you won’t have to log into a Wi-Fi network on your Mac if you’ve previously connected to it on your iPhone. It’s a good idea to turn on iCloud Keychain.

Find My Mac works with the Find My app to help you track down a lost Apple device. I recommend turning on Find My Mac, even for a rig as large as an iMac ($1,799 at Amazon) that’s less likely to disappear, because you never know when you might end up with a lost or stolen MacBook. There’s no drawback to turning it on.

If you have a MacBook, you’ll also be tasked with setting up Touch ID, the fingerprint reader that unlocks your computer, lets you sign into apps or approve Apple Pay purchases. All of it is pretty straight-forward, just continue to follow the prompts, entering any required information such as your Apple ID or creating a user name, to finish the core of the setup process.

How to set up your new mac

Migration Assistant makes it easy to transfer all of your information.

Restore from a Time Machine Backup

During setup, you’ll be asked if you want to restore your new Mac from a Time Machine backup of another Mac through Migration Assistant. If so, you’ll need the storage device your Time Machine backup is stored on.

If you haven’t backed up your old Mac through Time Machine, it’s not too late. We have a guide that walks you through the process . Or if you’d rather directly transfer your files and settings from one Mac to another, Migration Assistant can do that, too .

Follow the prompts in the Migration Assistant tool, selecting that you want to transfer your information from a Time Machine backup. Select the Time Machine drive that’s connected to your new Mac, and select the most recent backup.

Use Migration Assistant to copy all of your documents, apps, user accounts, and settings to a new Mac from another computer.

How to set up your new mac

Migration Assistant copies all of your files from your old Mac to your new Mac so that you don’t have to copy them manually.

  • If your files are currently on a PC, follow the PC migration steps instead.
  • If you’re moving content from a Time Machine backup, follow the steps to restore your Mac from a backup instead.

Get ready

    on both computers. If your old Mac isn’t using OS X Lion or later, and your new Mac isn’t using OS X Mavericks or later, follow the Mountain Lion migration steps instead.
  1. If both computers are using macOS Sierra or later, place them near each other with Wi-Fi turned on. If either one is using OS X El Capitan or earlier, make sure that both are on the same network.
  2. On your old Mac, choose Apple menu  > System Preferences, then click Sharing. Make sure that a name appears in the Computer Name field.

Use Migration Assistant

You’re now ready to use Migration Assistant to move your files from the old Mac to the new one.

On your new Mac

How to set up your new mac

  1. Open Migration Assistant, which is in the Utilities folder of your Applications folder. Then click Continue.
  2. When asked how you want to transfer your information, select the option to transfer from a Mac, Time Machine backup, or startup disk. Then click Continue.

On your old Mac

  1. Open Migration Assistant, then click Continue.
  2. When asked how you want to transfer your information, select the option to transfer to another Mac. Then click Continue.

On your new Mac

When asked to select a Mac, Time Machine backup, or other startup disk, select the other Mac. Then click Continue.

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On your old Mac

If you see a security code, make sure that it’s the same code shown on your new Mac. Then click Continue.

On your new Mac

How to set up your new mac

  1. Select the information to transfer.
    In this example, John Appleseed is a macOS user account. If it has the same name as an account already on your new Mac, you’re prompted to either rename the old account or replace the one on your new Mac. If you rename, the old account will appear as a separate user on your new Mac, with a separate home folder and login. If you replace, the old account will delete and then replace the account on your new Mac, including everything in its home folder.
  2. Click Continue to start the transfer. Large transfers might need several hours to complete.
  3. After Migration Assistant is done, log in to the migrated account on your new Mac to see its files.

So you just cracked the white box containing your new aluminum and glass Apple MacBook Pro. We walk you through the best way to set it up.

How to set up your new mac

The new Apple MacBook Pro comes with a blazing Intel Core i7 processor with Iris Pro graphics, brilliant Retina display, and enough juice to last a coast-to-coast flight with power to spare. Now that you’ve brought it home, what do you need to do to get it up and running? Here’s a quick primer.

1. Plug it in. Even though the system comes with a bit of juice in the battery from its post-assembly testing, you’ll still need to plug the system in “just in case.”

There’s no knowing how long the system has been sitting around since it left the factory thousands of miles away, and it would be unfortunate if the system lost power during the setup process, because you’d likely have to start over. The LED on the MagSafe 2 plug should light up orange, which shows you that the system has started to charge the internal battery.

2. Press the power button. The power button is the topmost right key above the delete key. If you’ve upgraded from an older pre-2012 MacBook or MacBook Pro, you’ll notice this is where the DVD eject button used to reside.

3. Choose Your Country.The MacBook Pro will ask you what country you’re in. This will guide which language you’re using, as well as determining the format for things like dates, time, and the language in the OS X UI.

Choose correctly for your habits, since most people are picky about things like day-month-year sequence and whether to use 24-hour time or AM/PM. You can change or correct this setting later in the Language & Text control panel.

Steps 4-6

4. Choose your Keyboard. Right off the bat, it should suggest the U.S. QWERTY keyboard as standard.

Choose Show All if you need to plug in a foreign keyboard or if you’re setting up a MacBook Pro that you’ve bought overseas.

5. Connect to Wi-Fi. The system will ask you to connect to a Wi-Fi network. Choose your router from the list of SSIDs presented, or click on the “use another network” button if you’re using an Ethernet adapter or don’t wish to connect to a network at this time.

The MacBook Pro has an 802.11ac Wi-Fi adapter in it, so it should connect to any Wi-Fi router, from the Linksys WRT11B [[chk]] 802.11b router you bought in 200x to the Apple Airport Extreme with 802.11ac you bought last month.

6. Migrate Your Stuff. The MacBook Pro will give you the option to migrate your accounts, password, apps, documents, and environment from another Mac. If you have a Thunderbolt cable, you can connect your old Mac at this time.

If you’re using a Time Machine backup from an older Mac, you can connect the drive now. Once you connect the drive and click next, you can choose a backup or account to move over to your new MacBook Pro.

Steps 7-9

7. Set up iCloud: The MacBook Pro will ask you to login to your iCloud account by entering your Apple ID and password. This is equivalent to your .Mac or Me.com account if you’re a veteran Apple user. If this is your first Mac, it would behoove you to create an iCloud account now.

This way you can take advantage of iCloud’s free features, like email, find my Mac, and Keychain password sync with iOS devices. If you have a separate Apple ID for your iTunes account, you can enter this info here too. Otherwise, your Apple ID will work for both iTunes and iCloud.

We recommend that you use “Find My Mac,” as it will help you recover a lost MacBook Pro if you leave it in a coffee shop or even if it is stolen.

8. Agree to Terms and Conditions. You’ll have to agree to the terms and conditions next; they’re pretty standard legalese that almost no one reads.

9.Choose a username and password. You can just let OS X make up one based on your full name, but you can change that on this screen.

Annoyingly, OS X now makes you create a password for your account. There aren’t any complexity rules, so you can even use a single tap of the space bar. Just make sure you remember it or keep your password secure somewhere. If you don’t want to use a password at all, you can change that in the Security or the Users & Groups control panel later.

Steps 10-11

10. Register your Mac. This is a totally optional step, but we recommend you register your Mac so all of your info is available to Apple in the unlikely event that you need to use the Genius Bar at the Apple store.

It basically registers your MacBook Pro with your iCloud ID so you don’t have to worry about saving warranty cards and the like.

11. That’s it! The next screen you see should be of the Mac filing all of this info away, and then you should see the Mavericks desktop with its picture of a tasty wave.

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Learn how to create a backup of the files on your Mac.

Use Time Machine, the built-in backup feature of your Mac, to automatically back up your personal data, including apps, music, photos, email, and documents. Having a backup allows you to recover files that were deleted, or that were lost because the hard disk (or SSD) in your Mac needed to be erased or replaced. Learn how to restore your Mac from a backup.

Create a Time Machine backup

To create backups with Time Machine, all you need is an external storage device. After you connect the storage device and select it as your backup disk, Time Machine automatically makes hourly backups for the past 24 hours, daily backups for the past month, and weekly backups for all previous months. The oldest backups are deleted when your backup disk is full.

Connect an external storage device

Connect one of the following external storage devices, sold separately. Learn more about backup disks that you can use with Time Machine.

  • External drive connected to your Mac, such as a USB or Thunderbolt drive
  • Network-attached storage (NAS) device that supports Time Machine over SMB
  • Mac shared as a Time Machine backup destination
  • AirPort Time Capsule, or external drive connected to an AirPort Time capsule or AirPort Extreme Base Station (802.11ac)

Select your storage device as the backup disk

  1. Open Time Machine preferences from the Time Machine menu in the menu bar. Or choose Apple menu  > System Preferences, then click Time Machine.
  2. Click Select Backup Disk.

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Enjoy the convenience of automatic backups

After you select a backup disk, Time Machine immediately begins making periodic backups—automatically and without further action by you. The first backup may take a long time, but you can continue using your Mac while a backup is underway. Time Machine backs up only the files that changed since the previous backup, so future backups will be faster.

To start a backup manually, choose Back Up Now from the Time Machine menu in the menu bar. Use the same menu to check the status of a backup or skip a backup in progress.

Learn more

  • Learn about other ways to back up and restore files.
  • If you back up to multiple disks, you can press and hold the Option key, then choose Browse Other Backup Disks from the Time Machine menu.
  • To exclude items from your backup, open Time Machine preferences, click Options, then click the add (+) button to add an item to be excluded. To stop excluding an item, such as an external hard drive, select the item and click the remove (–) button.
  • If using Time Machine to back up to a network disk, you can verify those backups to make sure they’re in good condition. Press and hold Option, then choose Verify Backups from the Time Machine menu.

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How to set up your new mac

Did you just buy your first Mac mini? Wondering how the heck this thing even works? It’s easier than you think. It’s like a tiny stand-alone computer that you get to bring your own monitor and mouse to. Here’s how to set it up.

What you’ll need

The new Mac mini is Apple’s version of a barebones computer. The entry model starts at $799 and only comes with the Mac mini, a power cable, and documentation. You’ll need to provide your own monitor, keyboard, and mouse or trackpad. Since the new Mac mini has a number of I/O ports, your choices of monitor connectivity can be in the form of a Thunderbolt 3 connector or an HDMI connector. Whether you use your 5K Thunderbolt Display or your spare 1080p television with HDMI, the new Mac mini will be good to go. The new Mac mini also has two USB 3.1 ports so if you have older wired keyboards or mice, you’ll be all set as well.

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Setting up the hardware

Ensure that your desk or table has access to two power plugs, one for your monitor and one for your new Mac mini. Plug them in.

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Attach your monitor cable to both the monitor and the new Mac mini.

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If you have a new wireless Apple keyboard and trackpad, you’ll need to attach them via a Lightning to USB cable so that they both charge and pair via Bluetooth to the new Mac mini. These can be removed once pairing and charging are complete.

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After you’ve verified all cables are properly connected you can press the power button. You’ll know the new Mac mini is powered on with the illumination of a silver LED on the front.

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Setting up the software

  1. Once powered on, you’ll be greeted with a Welcome screen.
  2. Select your country.
  3. Click Continue.
  4. Select your keyboard.

Click Continue.

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Click Continue.

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Click Continue.

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Final comments

I got the “low end” $799 Mac mini to replace my old 4-year-old Mac mini to run my M.A.M.E. arcade cabinet and add it to my Compressor nodes. What about you? What version of the new Mac mini will you get? What will you use it for? Let us know in the comments!

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So you just unboxed your new aluminum and glass Apple MacBook Pro. We walk you through the best way to set it up.

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The new Apple MacBook Pro ( at Amazon) comes with a speedy Intel Core i5 or i7 processor, brilliant Retina display, a Touch Bar (if you’re lucky), and enough juice to last a coast-to-coast flight with power to spare. Now that you’ve brought it home, what do you need to do to get it up and running? Here’s a quick primer.

1. Plug it in
Even though the system comes with a bit of juice in the battery from its post-assembly testing, you’ll still need to plug the system in “just in case.”

There’s no way of knowing how long the system has been sitting around since it left the factory thousands of miles away, and it would be unfortunate if it lost power during the setup process, because you’d likely have to start over. Plug the USB-C charger in, and you’re ready to move on to the next step.

2. Press the power button
The power button is the top-most right key above the delete key. If you’ve upgraded from an older pre-2012 MacBook or MacBook Pro, you’ll notice this is where the DVD eject button used to reside.

3. Choose your country
The MacBook Pro will ask you what country you’re in. This will guide which language you’re using, as well as determining the format for things like dates, time, and the language in in macOS.

Choose correctly for your habits, since most people are picky about things like day-month-year sequence and whether to use 24-hour time or AM/PM. You can change or correct this setting later in the Language & Text control panel.

4. Choose your keyboard
Right off the bat, it should suggest the US QWERTY keyboard as standard.

Choose Show All if you need to plug in a foreign keyboard or if you’re setting up a MacBook Pro that you’ve bought overseas.

5. Connect to Wi-Fi
The system will ask you to connect to a Wi-Fi network. Choose your router from the list of SSIDs presented, or click on the “use another network” button if you’re using an Ethernet adapter or don’t wish to connect to a network at this time.

The MacBook Pro has an 802.11ac Wi-Fi adapter in it, so it should connect to any Wi-Fi router. (For more, check out How to Set Up and Optimize Your Wireless Router.)

6. Migrate your stuff
The MacBook Pro will give you the option to migrate your accounts, password, apps, documents, and environment from another Mac. If you have a Thunderbolt cable and adapter, you can connect your old Mac at this time.

If you’re using a Time Machine backup from an older Mac, you can connect the drive now. Once you connect the drive and click next, you can choose a backup or account to move over to your new MacBook Pro.

7. Set up iCloud
The MacBook Pro will ask you to log in to your iCloud account by entering your Apple ID and password. This is equivalent to your .Mac or Me.com account if you’re a veteran Apple user. If this is your first Mac, it would behoove you to create an iCloud account now.

This way you can take advantage of iCloud’s free features, like email, find my Mac, and Keychain password sync with iOS devices. If you have a separate Apple ID for your iTunes account, you can enter this info here too. Otherwise, your Apple ID will work for both iTunes and iCloud.

We recommend that you enable Location Services and use “Find My Mac,” as it will help you recover a lost MacBook Pro if you leave it in a coffee shop or even if it is stolen.

8. Agree to terms and conditions
You’ll have to agree to the terms and conditions next; they’re pretty standard legalese that almost no one reads.

9. Choose a username and password
You can just let macOS make up one based on your full name, but you can change that on this screen. You’re also required to select a password at this time. If you want to disable your password later (though you shouldn’t), you can do that in the Security or the Users & Groups control panel.

10. Select or opt out of Diagnostics & Usage
It is an egalitarian idea, but allowing bug reports will help developers fix and update problems with macOS programs and the operating system itself. Uncheck these boxes if you’d rather keep a larger semblance of privacy.

11. Enable Siri
Siri is the automated assistant introduced with iOS. Since this is a brand-new MacBook Pro, you should have more than enough power to run Siri with very little slowdown to your multitasking.

12. Set up Touch ID
Another crossover from the iPhone is Touch ID, which lets you log in without typing your password. You’ll still need to remember it for the first time logging on after a reboot, but it can shave precious seconds when you wake the system from sleep mode.

13. Enter your fingerprint to enable Touch ID
Start with the index finger on your dominant hand. You can always add others later. Just like on the iPhone, you’ll need to tap and lift your finger several times to register all the arches, loops, and whorls.

14. That’s it!
The next screen you see should be of the Mac filing all of this info away, and then you should see the majestic peaks of the Sierra desktop.

If you have a Touch Bar-enabled MacBook Pro, check out 15 Cool Things You Can Do With the Apple Touch Bar and the video below.

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How to set up your new mac

One of the primary benefits of using Time Machine is that it allows you to restore your backup on a new Mac or a new macOS installation. This makes it so that you can essentially pick up where you left off from your old machine or old installation.

Fortunately, restoring Time Machine backups to a new Mac is extremely easy and straightforward. In this fifth tutorial in our Time Machine how-to series, we’ll show you how easy it is.

First and foremost, you’ll need to perform a Time Machine backup on your old machine. You’ll then use this Time Machine backup to restore on your new machine.

To learn how to perform a Time Machine backup, see our how to set up Time Machine tutorial.

How to restore a Time Machine backup on a new Mac

Note: these screenshots are photos taken with my iPhone’s camera, as macOS doesn’t allow you to take screenshots during the setup process.

Step 1: On the Transfer Information to This Mac screen, choose the first option—From a Mac, Time Machine backup, or startup disk and click Continue

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Step 2: Make sure your drive is connected, and select the disk that contains your Time Machine backup and click Continue

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Step 3: Select the desired backup from the disk and click Continue

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Step 4: For a full restore, check all of the boxes on the Select the Information to Transfer screen and click Continue

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Step 5: You’ll be asked about disk encryption—select your preference and click Continue

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Step 6: Your information will now begin restoring to your Mac

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Step 7: Once complete, click Start using your Mac

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As you can see, restoring a Time Machine backup is extremely straightforward. You can even do it after the macOS initial setup process. To do so, simply use Migration Assistant found in Applications > Utilities.

To learn more about Time Machine, make sure to also check out these other tutorials: