1. Jeremy Jacobs's Avatar
    Hello iMore!
    For the last few weeks I've been debating the model and upgrades of the MacBook Pro that I plan on upgrading to. I'm a fairly active photographer, typically working with 20-30 mb RAW Camera files.
    As of now, I'm looking at the 13" Touch Bar i5 2.9 GHz model with 16gb of RAM and 256 GB storage (I typically move all of my photos onto an external drive so storage isn't much of a concern). I've never worked with a MacBook before; is the 13" model sufficiently powerful for a good bit of work in Lightroom and Photoshop? Furthermore, is the upgrade to the i7 (dual-core) processor worth it? Finally, for those who have the touch bar model, how's your battery life? The reviews have got me concerned.
    11-26-2016 03:36 PM
  2. firedept10's Avatar
    That configuration should work fine for you. The only way you would need an i7 is if you were rendering large video files. But for you plans an i5 will more than handle it. You plan on keeping your files external which will help. The SSD will be the biggest help for you. 16GB RAM is more than enough. I can not give you an opinion on the touch bar as I do not have one.
    11-26-2016 06:42 PM
  3. Matty's Avatar
    Hello iMore!
    For the last few weeks I've been debating the model and upgrades of the MacBook Pro that I plan on upgrading to. I'm a fairly active photographer, typically working with 20-30 mb RAW Camera files.
    As of now, I'm looking at the 13" Touch Bar i5 2.9 GHz model with 16gb of RAM and 256 GB storage (I typically move all of my photos onto an external drive so storage isn't much of a concern). I've never worked with a MacBook before;

    is the 13" model sufficiently powerful for a good bit of work in Lightroom and Photoshop?

    Furthermore, is the upgrade to the i7 (dual-core) processor worth it?

    Finally, for those who have the touch bar model, how's your battery life? The reviews have got me concerned.
    1) Yes, it should be sufficiently powerful to work with Lightroom and photoshop. (2.9 Ghz i5)

    2) The upgraded processor (i7) won't help you that much. It might shave off a couple seconds here and there. But you most likely won't notice a difference unless you time things.

    3) Battery life... i cant give personal experience but from what I've read it doesn't live up to Apple's "10 hours" in real world usage. If you browsing the web (using safari) and watching videos. you should be able to get 8+ hours no problem. But if you working with applications, don't be alarmed if you see 6 hours.

    Once again, this is just from what I've read and shouldn't be taken as a personal expereince.
    11-29-2016 06:45 AM
  4. Jeremy Jacobs's Avatar
    Thanks for your help guys!
    11-29-2016 06:47 AM

Similar Threads

  1. Surface pro 4 users ? Questions
    By ClickClack in forum iPad Pro (12.9-inch)
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 12-14-2016, 01:46 PM
  2. Replies: 9
    Last Post: 11-30-2016, 01:07 PM
  3. Replies: 1
    Last Post: 11-26-2016, 09:37 AM
  4. Replies: 2
    Last Post: 11-25-2016, 07:52 PM
  5. how do I get rid of time search now on MacBook?
    By iMore Question in forum Ask a Question
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 11-25-2016, 10:35 AM
LINK TO POST COPIED TO CLIPBOARD