Creatives Love the Mac—Here Are 3 Options To Upgrade Your Toolkit

Mar 10, 2023
Creatives Love the Mac—Here Are 3 Options To Upgrade Your Toolkit
Whether you love Apple or hate it, we can’t argue the new Apple Silicon is killer. For our “Deals of the Week,” we found three tools to digitize your workflow.

Apple Silicon exceeded any expectations creative may have had. Even the first generation of SoCs. But now, with M2 out in the wild, and not just in laptops, the tech has been a top choice for creatives looking to expand their editing toolkit while shrinking their footprint. 

For our Deals of the Week, we found a laptop from each generation and an iPad that will give any editor more than enough juice to squash their next project. Yes, even if you want to use DaVinci Resolve on your iPad. 

MacBook Pro w/ M1 Pro (Late 2021)

Built for all types of creatives, including developers, photographers, filmmakers, 3D artists, music producers, and more, this Apple 14.2″ MacBook Pro with the M1 Pro Chip is the ultimate pro mobile workstation for the ultimate user. Even though it’s a previous-generation system, it’ll still chew through any footage you throw at it.

This system features the M1 Pro 8-Core Chip, which provides the power and performance needed to handle any professional workflow. The 14.2″ Liquid Retina XDR display features a 3024 x 1964 resolution, 1,000 nits of sustained brightness, 1,600 nits of peak brightness, P3 color gamut support, and more. With up to 512GB of SSD storage, you’ll be able to load massive files and launch apps quickly, enabling you to work with photo and video libraries from almost anywhere (and without the dreaded single module slow-down issues).

MacBook Pro w/ M2 

The next generation of Apple Silicon, the M2 SoC is perfect for photographers, filmmakers, 3D artists, music producers, and other content creators. This space gray 13.3″ MacBook Pro delivers the power to drive demanding creative applications, allowing professionals to get more done in less time. 

This lightweight mobile workstation features an M2 8-Core processor that is designed to deliver up to 18% greater, or 1.4x faster, performance compared to the previous M1 SoC, all while maintaining high battery efficiency. Its 10-Core integrated GPU is also 35% faster than the M1, which significantly cuts down rendering times when working with intensive applications. The 13.3″ Retina display features a 2560 x 1600 resolution, 500 nits of brightness, wide P3 color gamut support, and more. With 16GB of memory and 512GB of SSD storage, you can quickly multitask applications and load large video clips and project files.

But why should you choose this over the M1 Pro version? Honestly, if don’t look at the price difference, the second-generation SoC should receive more support in the long run. While all Apple products receive more support than any competing device on the market, creatives will receive longer support for the second-generation tech when compared to the M1 series. This means more iOS and security updates. 

iPad Pro w/ M2 (Late 2022)

With DaVinci Resolve now on iPad, choosing a tablet for light editing workflow is now an option that creatives never had. 

This space gray 12.9″ iPad Pro features performance that is supercharged by Apple’s M2 8-Core chip with a 10-Core GPU and a 16-Core Neural Engine, a Liquid Retina XDR display, Wi-Fi 6E (802.11ax), a 12MP Ultra Wide camera with Center Stage, and 40 Gb/s Thunderbolt connectivity. All of this helps bring advanced performance and capabilities to your iPad Pro, so you can create photorealistic 3D designs, build intricate AR models, play games with console-quality graphics at high frame rates, and more, all while enjoying all-day battery life.

Did we mention it’s a tablet? What a time to be alive, right?

Which of these tools would you like to supercharge your editing workflow? Let us know in the comments!     

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