Looking at purchasing a MacBook Pro (Retina) or iMAC? - Need help! 1st time user

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by ilovewindows, Oct 19, 2012.

  1. ilovewindows macrumors newbie

    Oct 19, 2012
    Just as my title says, I'm looking to purchase an Apple laptop or desktop.

    My choices right now lie with:

    1. MacBook Pro - 15.4" - i7 - 16gb - Retina - SSD

    2. iMAC - i7 - 16gb - ata - 27"

    I mainly use adobe photoshop, indesign, and do a fair bit of web programming, web design and will be getting more into java and php in the following weeks.

    I am mainly a desktop i7 - 12gb kind of guy running 64 bit type of guy.

    What would be the viable choice here? -- I like the portability of the Mb Pro, but I want to know that it will work flawlessly for me with photoshop and indesign for the most part.

    Thanks in advance.
  2. forty2j macrumors 68030


    Jul 11, 2008
    Wait till next Tuesday/Wednesday, then ask again. :)

    The 2011 iMac still outperforms the 2012 MBP, so don't pay for portability if you don't need it.
  3. ilovewindows thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 19, 2012
    Is something being released next tues/wed?

    Appreciate it of you posted a link?
  4. r0k macrumors 68040


    Mar 3, 2008
  5. iRCL macrumors 6502

    Nov 2, 2011
    Make sure you buy and install the RAM yourself, to save lots of cash, both of those machines have user serviceable RAM upgrades and you will save a ton of money by doing so

    Edit - sorry - didn't see Retina - yep that one isn't upgrade-able.

    Frankly I'd go with the iMac but see what you think after next tuesday. Good luck
  6. ilovewindows thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 19, 2012
    So looks like I can't get the imac until nov...or dec...price point for i5 base looks like its $1799....I'm assuming the i7 will be in the realm of the mbp 15" retina...

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