I’m considering purchasing a new Mac sometime in the next year for my side business of real estate photography / videography. Right now, I’m using a 2015 15" MacBook Pro with the 2.5GHz i7 option. As it stands, I’m currently doing mostly interior stills using Lightroom Classic and Final Cut Pro for the few videos I shoot. I have the potential to drastically increase the number of videos I shoot and right now, 4K video is sometimes a chore for my current MacBook Pro. As with any business, time is money, so the faster I can process photo and video, the more potential I have to increase profits. I should also mention that I’m a software engineer by trade, so something that will provide a little more power for Xcode, Visual Studio, etc. would also be welcomed.
So, I’m trying to decide on what my next Mac will be that will ideally provide several years of processing power for various workflows. Do I wait for a potential update to the 27" iMac Pro to the latest gen Xeon processor or wait for a potential update to a 16" MacBook Pro that may or may not have some design influence from the pro workflows team? If I’m going to spend $5K+ for a pro machine, I would prefer to have something that will last for 5+ years and still be able to handle anything I throw at it. Although I do prefer the ability to work on the go, I’m also not at all against the idea of a 5K monitor combined with a powerhouse Xeon processor. Any thoughts or recommendations?