This will be my first Mac ever, and I'm wanting in on the Apple ecosystem and try MacOS. I currently have the XR. Will be using for typical internet usage, and photo editing in Adobe Lightroom CC and/or Classic, or Iridient, or some other. (I own a Fujifilm XT-1). Also as a way to seriously decrease my gaming. I'm honestly 100% conflicted as to which one to get. I'm military, and Apple allows you to stack the military discount on top of the refurb discount (surprisingly), so I can get the 2018 Macbook Pro 13" base model refurbed for $1376 or 512GB for $1529 (24%~ off combining both discounts). All previous years only come with a dual core which is an instant turn off. The other option I'm considering is the new Mac mini i5, 16GB, 256GB for $1169 or 512GB for $1349 (10% off). I know everyone has been saying how the Mini is no longer afford like it once was, but it still beats the price to performance to the Macbook Pro. I do already have a monitor also. I want the Macbook Pro for the portability, but the 8GB of RAM is a real bummer, and with the keyboard issues, the gimmicky the touch bar, and having to buy a dongle makes the Macbook Pro a hard sell. If 8GB of RAM is for sure enough for photo editing regardless of what photo editing program I use, I'll over look the other issues with the Macbook and probably get that. The Mac Mini is far better in price to performance, and it'll essentially be plug and play, but its not a laptop and won't have Facetime or Touch ID. I honestly don't know what to get. I'm not interested in wait for next years Macbook Pro model or even 2020's cause of the prices. Not trying to drop more than the prices seen above. Help me Mac Rumors. you're my only hope. PS: Can I keep my iTunes Library on a external hard drive? Just to save even more space on the hard drive. I have relatively a big library especially if i settle with a 256GB. 4 Feb 2019 UPDATE: Last night I decided to take a quick look at Apple's Refurb stock, and lo and behold, they have 2018 13" MB Pros in stock speced with 16GB of RAM. I will now be returning the 8GB version that I bought, and be purchasing the 16GB version that I actually wanted. I came very close the buy one speced at 16GB RAM AND 512GB hard drive version, but that was still too expensive even with the the stacked military discount and refurb pricing. I just want to thank everyone for the input and advice for my first Macintosh purchase!