VNC is much better than X-Forwarding in general, and especially when connecting to supercomputers/HPCC. Here’s some examples for Mac, Windows and Linux.
These simple exiftool commands strip almost all geotags from photos. It’s up to you to verify.
Lenovo offers laptops for better specs than Apple, more advanced tech for a fraction of the price.
Apple hardware doesn’t always play nice with others, their CD/DVD drive is a perfect example of not working with PCs.