OK, so now what do I do?

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i have a 2010 I7 27" iMac with a dead internal drive. I installed a bootable external SATA drive to hold me out until today's announcements but with the lack of new models I'm not sure what to do and ask your advice.

I photograph weddings part time (now off season) and end up with about 2000 images per wedding to cull and process. I shoot RAW so the files are pretty big. Most processing is done in Lightroom with only portraits brought into Photoshop for retouching.

I tried the 2015 I5 iMac and a 6 core Mac Pro out and performance in Lightroom was about the same, didn't get a chance to try Photoshop on either.

I was thinking of going with either the I7 iMac or the 6 Core Pro, both with 1TB SSD and 16 gigs of ram but couldn't pull the trigger because of the don't buy recommendations here and honestly couldn't make up my mind anyway.

Now that nothing in a desktop configuration was announced, I'm really undecided. I like the new monitor of the iMac but the "portability" of the Mac Pro that I can plug it with hdmi into my 75" TV for showings is also attractive. I'd like something that will serve me for at least 6 years if possible.

What do you suggest? Should I stick with my severely hobbled iMac until the next announcement or pull the trigger on which one?

Thanks for your opinion.
 

sigmadog

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I would not pay good money for Photoshop / Lightroom work on the Mac Pro cylinder (6,1), though the portability aspect is nice. With today's announcement, my boilerplate advice to anyone on computers has changed from "get X Mac" to "Look at HP for a customize-able system that can be upgraded in the future and remain viable for years to come."

I would think for your uses you can get a Z440 with everything you need.
 

merkinmuffley

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I have a late 2015 IMac, I'm pretty happy with it. All I use it for is photography, using Photoshop. If I were buying today (post the MS event yesterday) I'd order the new MS Surface Studio and move away from Apple.
 

richinaus

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I have a late 2015 IMac, I'm pretty happy with it. All I use it for is photography, using Photoshop. If I were buying today (post the MS event yesterday) I'd order the new MS Surface Studio and move away from Apple.
this is the feeling I get too. How hard would it have been to give a minor spec update on the iMac and put USB C / TB ports on. If a new iMac is not announced in the next month I will be committing my money for my business in the future to MS. FU Apple.
 

JimGoshorn

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If you don't mind Windows and are able to go to a Microsoft store, the Surface Studio (I'd check it out first to be sure you like it) was supposed to go on display today if you like the all in one form factor.
 

h9826790

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Few choices.

1) The maxed out new MacBook Pro + HDMI / USB adaptor seems can do what you need. It's portable. It can be connected to the 4K TV. The maxed out config should be good for quite a few years if you only use it for photography.

2) The new Mac Pro. They still selling it, as long as it fit your needs, it's an option for you.

3) Build a Hackintosh that fit your need (and fully prepared move completely to Windows if the Hackintosh not working as expected).

4) Leave Apple now
 
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AidenShaw

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Few choices.

1) The maxed out new MacBook Pro + HDMI / USB adaptor seems can do what you need. It's portable. It can be connected to the 4K TV. The maxed out config should be good for quite a few years if you only use it for photography.

2) The new Mac Pro. They still selling it, as long as it fit your needs, it's an option for you.

3) Build a Hackintosh that fit your need (and fully prepared move completely to Windows if the Hackintosh not working as expected).

4) Leave Apple now
#4
 

jeff7117

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If you really have to have up-to-date hardware, just get a PC.
Few choices.

1) The maxed out new MacBook Pro + HDMI / USB adaptor seems can do what you need. It's portable. It can be connected to the 4K TV. The maxed out config should be good for quite a few years if you only use it for photography.

2) The new Mac Pro. They still selling it, as long as it fit your needs, it's an option for you.

3) Build a Hackintosh that fit your need (and fully prepared move completely to Windows if the Hackintosh not working as expected).

4) Leave Apple now
#4 won't keep you waiting in the dark for updates to hardware.
 
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orph

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you can replace your imac's HD with a nice fast SSD.

Photoshop & light room love fast drives and fast single core speed, they dont relay care about high core count.
 
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