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Photo: H_Ko (Shutterstock) “Your system has run out of application memory” is not a warm, friendly alert. It feels cold and dark, as if your Mac is telling you “the end is nigh.” Luckily, the end isn’t nigh, but receiving this alert on your computer is still concerning. Depending on your machine, it could just be a bug, or it could be a persistent problem you should look out for. Let’s explore how you can tell the issues apart. Your Mac’s RAM is key to this alert Let’s start with a basic explainer for anyone out of the loop: Your Mac has a fixed amount of RAM (random access memory). This RAM allows your computer to run multiple apps and tasks at the same time. In short, the more RAM you have, the more your computer can do at once; the less RAM you have, the less your computer can do. Easy enough. Apple’s macOS usually does a good job with RAM management, so you don’t often need to worry if you’re running too many tasks at once. However, occasionally, the system is pushed beyond its limits. If there are more apps running than available RAM, macOS can’t continue to function, which triggers this application memory alert. The problem is, this application memory alert is affecting Macs with plenty of RAM. You wouldn’t expect a Mac with 16, 32, or 64 GB of RAM to run into issues running apps like Mail, Photoshop, or even Final Cut Pro. And […]