Which Apple Device should I buy?

Community Beginner ,
Jan 27, 2022 Jan 27, 2022

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Hey,

I’m very confused and I can’t decide. It will be really helpful if I get some opinion about the topic.

My working purpose is Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom and Final Cut Pro (heavy user). Currently using iMac 2021 M1 chip with 16/256. But this memory is not enough for me due to the load on Adobe program. I had windows for 15 years with 32gb of ram and 1650 super 4gb gpu and I worked so well.

 

So, where should I go now?

I need a laptop too for portability as well.

Should I go for a MacBook Pro 16 M1 Pro Max chip with 32gb memory and 512gb storage and additional 4k monitor? That should be enough for all way my purpose or I will face any issues?

 

Or should I go for a new upcoming iMac Pro powerful machine and a MacBook Pro, M1 pro Chip with 32/512.

 

Or Should I go for upcoming Mac mini M1 max chip and a MacBook Pro with second option configuration?

I need strong machine even though not waste of money. I am just suffering a slower workflow now.

 

I will sell my current iMac after the new setups.

 

by the way, my portable machine will be use just when I travel and not too heavy like I will work from home with it.

Sorry, maybe I’m making you guys confuse too. But I am not able to take the right decision. I’ve made wrong decision buying the new iMac 2021. This is not for me.

Thanks

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Jan 29, 2022 Jan 29, 2022

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IMHO you should go for the best that you can afford. More RAM 32GB+ will never hurt nor will 1T hard drive space. I recently upgraded to an M1 16" mbp and have been satisfied so far. I've done 4-5 video projects with the new laptop. If you're keen on having portability and performance that's probably not a bad way to go.

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Jan 29, 2022 Jan 29, 2022

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The YT channel Artisright has a number of excellent videos showing the difference in M1 performance for photography comparing different ram amounts. There are other YT channels that give great performance comparisons with video.

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Did you check for the trade in value for the '21 model on the Apple website? I was quoted $1400 trade in for my 2019 MBP 16GB 1TB MB, but I decided to give it to my son and his family and just paid the full price.

I should add that I decided on the MBP Max maxed out (64GB) but with 2TB SSD. So far I'm really pleased with it.

I have a nice TB hub with ethernet and multiple TB and USB ports. I think that is essential. I'm also using a nice BenQ 27" 4K monitor which connects through a TB cable. That works very nice. So far, my file storage needs are not really great so I am happy with two Sandisk 2TB external SSD drives.

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