Which machines do I need and which machines do I have and which machines do I really use? All this depends very much on what one wants to do and what one has to achieve. Hardware is important and the most important part for me is how the different bits and pieces work with each other. Which printer for example works best with Apple, and how quickly do companies respond to changes in software of the Operating System. There is for example a serious delay in upgrading and updating of music software and how equipment can be linked to one’s hardware setup. I have learnt to respect one basic rule, resulting from my own experience. As an Apple user I prefer, as a first choice, equipment which is made by Apple, even if there are are other companies producing the same or similar stuff. For example, screens and phones and tablets.
For example, using Logic and Garageband gives me a near 100% guarantee that any change of Apple hardware will work with the Apple software, or the other way round, any update of the music software will be compatible with my Apple equipment. (Not always true because with the arrival of Catalina incompatibility creeps into Apple systems as well. Of course, there are some other very good music applications available, but upgrades to the new Apple norms might take a while if they happen at all.
The same applies to third-party photographic software. Great pity that Apple scrapped Aperture because Photos is not up to the same standards, despite being a good program. I felt forced to switch to Adobe for photo manipulation and I have to say that Apple seems to have established a very good working relationship with Adobe and up to know I have suffered very little time delays stemming from problems of compatibility. Furthermore, Adobe’s creative cloud apps, particularly Lightroom, are excellent and I am now very happy to have switched or was forced to do that
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