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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]> wrote:
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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.
https://eshop.macsales.com/guides/Mac_OS_X_Compatibility

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]> wrote:
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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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