MBP and the New Apple M1 Chip

I am planning on attending Summer Intensive in 2021 and the one thing I may need to purchase before arrival is a new laptop. I have a 2015 MBP and it is starting to show its age. For all of my work years (early retirement) i was in the PC world, but have been Mac at home for 12 years. I always hate to buy anything in the first year when there has been a big change. Any advice, hold to what I have, new MBP or PC? I use an iPad a lot, have an iPhone so the Mac has been a nice fit. But I want to get a machine that will help with the work I hope to be doing next summer in Missoula! Thanks.

Following because I will also be needing a new computer before long. And I’m wondering…is this the Richard Armstrong I knew from Photo.net? Feel free to reach out to me because I attended RMSP summer intensive and pro studies. Christal Steele

How is your 2015 MBP showing it’s age? I’m using a late-2011 MBP for Lightroom Classic and Photoshop. After upgrading it to 16GB memory, it got a new lease on life and is still very fast for editing even large images. It struggles just a bit with panoramas due to the size, but it still works. If you can add memory to your 2015, try that first. Max it out. New MBPs are not upgradeable at all; can’t change memory or disk. Planned obsolesence in my opinion.

I understand your struggle! I am a PC user but I have an iPhone and an iPad pro. Not what you want to hear but it is up to you. Despite having Appel products, I continue to be a stalwart on my laptop and desktop with a non-apple product. I love the freedom a PC gives me (its where I need it the most), however I love the flexibility from i

@rarmstrong I would recommend waiting until after SI to upgrade. Right now, Apple has put us in a tough position. On one hand the new 13" MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, and Mac Mini with the new Apple M1 chip look awesome. The problem is, Adobe hasn’t offered full support for the new chip and they haven’t confirmed when that will be ready yet either.

On the other hand, you could pick up an older Intel-based mac and use that with full support from all software developers, but you risk losing support from Apple in a couple of years.

Additionally, I would imagine another line of Macs will be launching next year at some point with a faster chip than the M1 (maybe an M1X?) and it might be wise to wait and see what the performance of that chipset would be before making a large investment.

With all of that said, I would wait until after SI to buy anything as your 2015 laptop is well up to the task of running Lightroom Classic. If you are chomping at the bit to get something new, I would probably get the 13" MacBook Pro with the M1 chip and hope that Adobe adds full support for LR before SI (very very likely that they will).

I hope that helps!

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To back up what Forest recommended, here is an article that addresses the new M1 chipset and it’s current lack of compatibility with numerous programs, to include Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom.

Although I’m very excited that Apple went back to making their own chips (i.e., less bloatware than Intel chips), I’d avoid buying one until Adobe is able to update their programs to make them completely compatible.

Thanks for starting this discussion.
I’m in the same position looking at the Summer Intensive requirements against my 2015 MacBook Pro and was curious if a new M1 laptop would a good choice. I’ll look into upgrading my memory now and see how that works in the meantime. Thank you!