I am not inclined to ask for advice other than on this forum or among power users and that ‘community’. So here goes, I appreciate anybody who reads through my rather long post which is also slightly discursive at points.
I have really narrowed my focus in recent years. I don’t anyway podcast or have any heavy duty data processing in today’s terms; eg video or sound editing; no real number crunching either. I don’t run a business from my Mac though my wife really runs hers from an iPhone now!!! I don’t know how.
I use my Mac mostly for browser, mail and document production, some blogging maybe which I intend to do now I am in semi or full retirement.
I have the LaTeX suite which I probably need still, though most of my writing is done in Ulysses. I read a lot of papers which I store in Devonthink. I access some sites and read papers and articles on line of course. I now use the native bibliography on LaTeX and find it sufficient with Devonthink. I just had a interchange with tjluoma here regarding the fact that we seem to need far less apps these days. I find having less apps has upped my game.
I have enjoyed my mid 2014 15 inch MacBook Pro and it is working fine. I am a nerd of course and love not only productivity apps like Keyboard Maestro but sheer raw Apple power. I think I am attracted to far more than I really need though
I hope my 15 inch will be ok for a year or two and things will change by then no doubt; but if I were to get a new machine now would any of you recommend that I get a MacBook Air; would it, in short, meet the needs I outlined above? I will add that the butterfly keyboard could well delay my decisions on the timing of any changes. Cost is, of course, a factor, but not a big one. I was tempted by the iMac Pro but quite obviously it is way beyond anything I can possibly need and well… there are things in life besides Macs … they say!!
I see myself as relying on my apps and tools rather than hardware these days if I can express it that way: do you folk see what I mean? Since Mac has really raised the bar on basic computing and hardware. Which is now straightforward compared to the green screen days?