I'm looking to replace my 3-year-old Macbook Pro with the new 16" version. I'm a beginner-intermediate editor and I've looked at the video above. Is it advisable to wait until the m1 is available on the Macbook Pro or go with the ones with the Intel chips? Thanks,
I always love to have the latest and greatest but also like to get 3 years 'return on investment' if possible. Going with an Intel Mac now was a hard call as I suspect I'll be upgrading again in 2022. In my case it was necessary for now.
If the Apple switch to 'M' variant processors follows what I think will happen then we'll see 'pro' level machines this year and possibly the entire Mac lineup to 'M' variants by early to mid 2022.
Of course we are yet to see what a high end Apple GPU can do or if they continue to use AMD GPUs (I think this is unlikely) ... and also how Adobe handle the switch. I was very pleasantly surprised by the speed that Adobe responded with M1 Betas for Photoshop and Premiere Pro and I think this augurs well for the future.
You mention some sluggishness with your 3 year old machine. The question is - does this absolutely affect your ability to edit now or is it something you can manage and save $3-4K. Cost of equipment (particularly if YOU are paying for it) should be paid for by your current workload. i.e. if you have enough work in the next 3 months to amortise the cost then go for it. If not, hang with what you have.