To MacPro or not to MacPro, that is the question

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ProApple has finally released the long awaited MacPro. Based on the specifications, this machine is, for lack of a better word, monstrous. The introductory model starts with a 3.7GHz quad-core processor, 12GB of Ram, 256GB of flash storage, and dual AMD FirePro D300 GPUs with 2GB of GDDR5 VRAM each.This is a great system, that starts out at $2999.00. It is roughly the size of a roll of paper towels. For the normal and even most power users, I would recommend that you pass on it. I know you are shocked. Where I have always been the Apple Fanboy, telling anyone that will listen to run out and but the new shiny Apple device. This is not that case. This machine has some of the best specifications I have found for any single device. That being said, for the normal user, the MacPro is a gross overkill. For a normal user that is using their Mac to edit pictures or iMovie, to Aperture or Final Cut Pro X. Pretty much any of the newer devices can   perform all of the functions that you are looking for, with the exception on maybe the MacBook Air. (Don’t take this as a slight on the MacBook Air, The Air is a great devices with 12 hours of battery life, but the processor is not as robust as that of the MackBook Pro or the iMac.) The new MacPro, is targeted just for this, Computer professionals. By that I mean users that are editing photos or video for a living. While these are devices are great, the “normal” user takes pictures, cleans them up and uploaded them to FaceBook or video to YouTube.

While this can be used I would suggest a $1,200 iMac, or an $1,200 MacBook Pro. If you need a device that can travel with you, The MacBook Pro is built to please. Not to say were one to be given to me that I would refuse it. Now that the entire Apple line has been released, which one are you looking for? As for me I run two. For my normal email, web surfing and so on, I use my MacBook Air with 8 GB of Ram, for more heavy lifting, such as  editing and compressing video, I use my iMac that has 12 GB Ram, and is my hub. (Many may remember Steve Jobs saying that the theory was the Mac would be the hub of your digital life and all of your peripherals were  going to be connected to the hub. It took me a few years to understand and grasp the concept, but now that has become a HUGE part of my workflow.)

So what do you Pro toll users think? To Mac Pro or to not Mac Pro?

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