May 22, 2022

Why I’m Not Recommending Apple’s New Mac Studio To My Photographer Friends

About every 3 years or so, I update to the newest Mac design, and while my iMac is a couple of years old now, I just recently got the brand-new M1 Apple MacBook Pro. Its nice, but theres something Ive discovered throughout these numerous upgrades thats especially essential to consider now, as I understand numerous photographers are thinking of updating to these Mac Studios devices. The specs are truly great, and the cost isnt as nearly high as the “Mac Pros,” but they have similar if not much better performance.
I spent thousands of dollars on the upgrade, and I hate to confess it, but besides the battery life (which is far better than my old MacBook Pro), I really cant state its visibly quicker.
The factor Im informing you all this is if youre considering purchasing one of these brand-new Apple Mac Studio devices, take an appearance at what you do, and if getting one would really make a substantial speed difference for you in your daily work.

About every 3 years approximately, I upgrade to the latest Mac design, and while my iMac is a couple of years old now, I just recently got the brand-new M1 Apple MacBook Pro. Its nice, but theres something Ive learned throughout these numerous upgrades thats especially essential to consider now, as I know numerous professional photographers are thinking about upgrading to these Mac Studios makers. The specs are really great, and the expense isnt as almost high as the “Mac Pros,” but they have comparable if not better performance.
Im not getting one, and Im not advising them.
Not for professional photographers anyhow, due to the fact that I believe it would be a waste of money. Heres why: Think about the programs we use and what we do on our computer systems for photography. I mostly utilize Lightroom, Photoshop, Photo Mechanic, and a handful of plug-ins. When I utilized them on my 3-year old MacBook Pro, I would move a slider (say in Lightroom), and it did whatever I wanted it to quickly. If I wanted to make my photo brighter and dragged the Exposure slider to the right, my photo got instantly brighter. I didnt move the slider and then wait and sit. It was instant. Same on my iMac. In Photoshop, when I open an image, include a Gaussian Blur, an Unsharp Mask, Use Camera Raw, Duplicate a layer, and so on, everything happens instantly. On my old MacBook Pro, on my now getting old iMac, and it works precisely the very same method on my new M1 Macbook Pro that cost thousands of dollars.
Is it much faster? I think.
Truly, as a professional photographer, how would I even know? The applications I utilize day in/day out are already so responsive theres practically no other way to tell its faster for the work I do every day. Possibly when I use a plug-in, rather of taking 6-seconds to process it, possibly now it only takes 4-seconds (A 33% speed increase), however I do not actually even notice it. Its 2-seconds. I invested thousands of dollars on the upgrade, and I hate to admit it, however besides the battery life (which is far better than my old MacBook Pro), I actually cant say its significantly faster.
If I were a video professional, rendering video files every day, I would most likely notice a huge distinction.
But Im not. Im a professional photographer and a writer, and I inspect e-mail, and I utilize my Web Browser, and I make Zoom calls and run Keynote slideshows and all type of routine stuff where I dont see any real speed difference at all. If I was a full-time pro video editor, I am sure I would see a distinction, but because Im not, I dont. Because I dont think they d notice the distinction either, I couldnt recommend the upgrade to a friend who is a photographer telling them they must invest the cash. Whats even worse is I dislike to admit this to myself (or even worse, to my business).
I dont want you to be dissatisfied. Like me.
I had heard so much about the M1-powered MacBook Pros; I guess I expected to really feel the speed, however with what I do … how could I? Is that Apples fault? Is it their fault I dont do processor-intensive jobs, therefore I do not see the benefits? I dont think, however I guess the M1 chip upgrade isnt actually necessary what I do.
The reason Im telling you all this is if youre considering buying one of these new Apple Mac Studio devices, take a look at what you do, and if getting one would really make a significant speed distinction for you in your everyday work. If youre not seeing progress bars (or seeing them occasionally), and youre not waiting around for things to happen a whole lot, what precisely would you be gaining?
Something to chew on this weekend. Have a great one.:-RRB-.
— Scott.
Theres no factor for you to in the comments either. If youre not interested in a Mac, theres a lot of other stuff on the Internet to see today.