My first Mac Pro. Should I get the latest 15inch or save with older version?


macrumors newbie
Original poster
Oct 28, 2011
I'm a photographer that has a pc desktop that I edit my photos on using Lightroom.

I don't have a laptop and want to purchase a macbook pro. I'll be editing photos and showing clients their final images on it.

I'm wondering if I should get the 15inch with the touch bar or get the model one behind it that has the sd reader. Will I save a good portion doing that?

Not sure what specs I need as a minimum to run Lightroom smoothly on the laptop.

Sorry but I'm new to Macs so not sure what I should get here.



macrumors 68000
Apr 20, 2015
If you are on a tight budget buy a refurbished one, it's already super fast.

If you want the new model just ensure you buy one with adequate storage not just for now but for the future.

I have a 2012 model and wasn't going to buy a new one after the price hikes, got drunk last night and ordered the new pro with 512gb and 4gb gfx. Thanks drunk me.
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macrumors regular
Jun 13, 2013
do you like bringing dongles or not? do you like not having physical function keys or not?


macrumors demi-god
Jun 10, 2006
I guess I'm the only one opting for the new model. The SD card slot is really nice as a photographer, I'll give it that! Otherwise, the Touch Bar for me is a major innovation that will surely be improved going into the future, especially in the Creative Suite. My 2 cents.


macrumors 68040
Feb 17, 2012
It is a no brainier if you have the budget go for the newer 2016 rMBP even If you don't use the Touch Bar you still have a lot of thins features that you may use as a photographer.
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macrumors 6502
Sep 19, 2013
Get the 2015. I have a 2015 15" that I got on sale at Best Buy 2 months ago and I am beyond thrilled I didn't wait for this new version. It's an amazing device, great screen, very fast.
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macrumors 68020
Jan 30, 2008
Washington DC
I'll put it this way. My wife, myself, two friends and my brother have been waiting for this MacBook Pro upgrade. Due to the lack of ports and 16GB cap we're all purchasing the 2015 Retina MacBook Pro from Amazon. Yes, ports matter. Yes, convenience matters. When an iPhone cannot easily connect to a MacBook Pro there's an issue.

Plus, the 2015 is more than fast for any intensive processing. The new MacBook Pro line is basically a higher end MacBook Air or higher end Retina MacBook. It is not for professionals.


macrumors 65816
Nov 10, 2008
I've been toying with the idea of getting the 2015 models still available from John Lewis. (£1599). But, the SSD is only 256GB and ideally I'd want 512GB minimum. So, once I started factoring in the £200 for that, and probably another £100 for someone to fit it (I wouldn't dare myself ha!)... you start to get closer to £2k anyway. The 2015 £1999 model is still in stock at Argos and Curry's but then, I can get a 2016 with 512GB and education discount for about £2275... and with the better processor, graphics and newer design, screen and touch bar... the newer ones start to become more appealing again.

It's a tough decision.
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