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Photographer Tyler Stalman wonders whether creatives need a Mac Pro

Tyler Stalman and Mac Pro
Tyler Stalman and Mac Pro (Image credit: iMore)

What you need to know

  • Tyler Stalman is a photographer and video creator.
  • He's been testing a Mac Pro.
  • His latest video runs through his thoughts on whether creatives need one or not.

Apple's new Mac Pro has been around for a few weeks now but we still can't quite get enough of it. Sure, it's overkill for 99% of people and it costs more than some small cars, but that's part of the charm. But some people do need all that power and photographer Tyler Stalman has been wondering whether creative professionals are some of those people.

Stalman has been testing a pretty spec-heavy Mac Pro along with an Apple Pro Display XDR. The video doesn't focus on the latter at all, but Stalman's thoughts on the computer are interesting. Especially given the machine he was given for review.

That Mac Pro has a 3.2GHz 16-core processor, 192GB of RAM, 4TB of storage, and two Radeon Vega Pro Vega 2 graphics cards. And that's a lot of horsepower. As Stalman shows during his video, it's probably considerably more than photographers need unless they have very specific workflows. In fact, depending on what they're doing, it might even be more than videographers need as well.

I'd suggest checking Stalman's video out if only to hear how quiet Mac Pro's fans are. Or not hear them, as the case may be.

Oliver Haslam
Oliver Haslam

Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too.

Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.

3 Comments
  • Many real pros have moved on to windows based systems since apple's reliability and lack of progression in new technology has drove them to better systems to do their work. the surface studio is one such device. touch on screen, AMAZING 28" screen with pen support has a profound impact on how real pros move through their workflow. Apple needs to recognize that their stuff that was popular 10 years ago is aging poorly. They need to move forward. I know I say this in every article here, but I just hope that someone who actually works at apple sees this and figures out that, hey......We need to move forward with touch screen devices!
  • I'm sure it's in planning, Apple tend to come later than the rest with these things unfortunately
  • Tell me about it. I’m all in when they do. A revamped modern full power OS with touch and pencil capability in a full 2 in 1 MacBook Pro. I would plunk down serious coin for that.