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Thanks everyone for their input!! This does help clarify my actual needs
versus what would be *cool* to have though the importance of planning for
the future upgrades is something to keep in mind

Amanda


On Mon, Nov 8, 2021 at 4:46 AM Claudia Stocker <[log in to unmask]>
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> I’ve got a Mac mini M1 and a 2012 MacBook Pro.
>
> Both run just fine, but the MacBook Pro can’t update to Big Sur and that
> means that it’s constrained to using a slightly older version of Adobe. It
> doesn’t matter for Photoshop but it will soon cause issues for Illustrator
> and InDesign.
>
> Might be worth checking a table like this? I think it’s the Mac OS system
> that constrains the installed software more than the hardware.
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> If it was me I’d go for the M1 just to save an upgrade in a few years
> time. I think M1 also means you can get away with lower RAM than in older
> machines.
>
> Best wishes,
> Claudia
> On 8 Nov 2021, 00:05 +0000, Emily S. Damstra <[log in to unmask]>, wrote:
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> Hi Amanda,
> I think that whether or not you need a MacPro vs. an iMac depends on what
> you're doing with it. I've been using iMacs for the last dozen or more
> years, primarily for Photoshop and Illustrator work; nothing 3D. The Mac
> Pros are more powerful than what I need.
> My 8-year-old 27" iMac is on its last legs and I've just ordered a
> replacement 27" iMac. I would have liked to have waited until 2022, when
> Apple is supposed to release a new replacement for this model, but I can't
> wait that long. :(
> Rumor has it the replacement iMac might be 30" and might be out in March
> or April; but that's just a rumor! If you can wait, that's what I'd
> recommend.
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> On Sat, Nov 6, 2021 at 5:26 PM Amanda Zimmerman <[log in to unmask]>
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>> Hello gang,
>>
>> I was fortunate enough to finish a project recently and have a modest
>> payday to purchase a new MAC.
>>
>> My older MAcPro and Macbook Pro both handle files and workload easily,
>> but I'm having compatibility issues with the older OS system and Creative
>> Suite and Painter programs.
>>
>> So do I really need a MacPRo? Would the latest iMAc work as well? And
>> what about the Macbook Air or Macbook Pro options?? Again, for Photoshop
>> and Painter do I **need** the M1 MAX chip?
>>
>> My head is spinning. Before I make the decision, I was wondering if
>> anyone wanted to weigh in with their own thoughts.
>>
>> Thanks
>> Amanda
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