Currently Being ModeratedJan 16, 2013 3:44 AM (in response to DavidsPhotos)
It is a true story that the Mac Pro is using processors that are 3 years old. However, they're server grade processors. I compared the quad core processor in the Mac Pro to the current quad core Core i7 in the current iMac. Turns out they're marginally different. You would have a slight a edge with the iMac in terms of sheer speed.
However, with the Mac Pro you have the option to change out your HDD, RAM, video card as you see fit through out the life of the computer. However with the newer iMacs they're pretty much glued together and reasonably impossible for the average user to provide any aftermarket upgrades.
I think if Apple ever refreshes the Mac Pro line that would be the way to go. I really don't think that you'd get much more except "upgradability" out of the Mac Pro. I'd vote go with a iMac and spend the money on a good thunderbolt storage solution.
Currently Being ModeratedJan 16, 2013 9:48 AM (in response to DavidsPhotos)
If your a pro photographer and have the financial means I would opt for the Mac Pro just for the upgradeability alone.
Uupgradeability means the Mac Pro will still be a longer life Mac than an iMac.
The iMacs, even the 27" screen iMacs have basically turned into a sealed closed system with really no way to even attempt any type of upgradeability. They are more of a "throw away" appliance than ever in the history of the iMac line.
If you do not custom order all of the higher end component features of the iMac at time of ordering and purchase and find a year or two later that you really could've used or needed said component features, you're out of luck because there will be no way to add these features later.
So, if you decide to go the iMac route, carefully decide what options you will need now and for the future and purchase those options at the time of online ordering and purchasing.