All currently available software will run on all new Mac computers currently being sold, iMac, Mac Pro, Mac Mini, Macbook Pro or the Macbook Air models. Yes Design software will run on the Mac air models but not as fast as they run on a iMac, Mac Mini, Macbook Pro or Mac Pro,
But then the Air models are very portable so you have one thing and not the other, Speed or Portability.
The newest Macbook Pro models with the Retina screen is almost as fast, or even faster in certain operations, as a iMac and still retains portability.
Mrs S. ~ Welcome to the Support Communities.
"Before Apple launched the new MacBook Pro with Retina display range we would have whole-heartedly recommended the MacBook Air. However, the addition of the lower priced £1,099 entry-level Retina MacBook Pro means that the Pro laptops are now a much more attractive option."
...Read more in this recent Macworld article:
Geekbench scores are out now on the newly released Macbook Pro Retina 13" base model , ..only a slim hair faster than the Air
2013 October.... 13" MBP retina 6303
2013 June......... 13" macbook Air 6057
There NEVER will be a single notebook that fits all personal needs of course, the Air has always been closest "best of both worlds" for myself and many...from the form factor of what "most people" demand, outside of gaming, and video editing, that being:
2. simple design/ easy to repair
3. robust with very long battery life
4. fast, responsive, with fast boot
5. utilitarian for most all use
Realistically, most everyone wants the Star Trek type of device that - "doesnt weigh anything,.. does everything"
There are lots of new reviews of the new late 2013 Retina macbook Pro
Reviews of the new Retina 2013 Macbook Pro
Digital Trends (13") - http://www.digitaltrends.com/laptop-...h-2013-review/
LaptopMag (13") - http://www.laptopmag.com/reviews/lap...play-2013.aspx
Engadget (13") - http://www.engadget.com/2013/10/29/m...-13-inch-2013/
The Verge (13") - http://www.theverge.com/2013/10/30/5...ay-review-2013
The Verge (15") - http://www.theverge.com/2013/10/24/5...w-15-inch-2013
LaptopMag (15") - http://www.laptopmag.com/reviews/lap...inch-2013.aspx
TechCrunch (15") - http://techcrunch.com/2013/10/25/lat...ok-pro-review/
PC Mag (15") - http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2426359,00.asp
Arstechnica (15") - http://arstechnica.com/apple/2013/10...-pro-reviewed/
Slashgear (15") - http://www.slashgear.com/macbook-pro...2013-26303163/
The best pragmatic review of the new Retina Pro is:
It's quite a tough call, and I think he'll be fine with either, so long as there's at least 8GB of RAM on the machine (or 16GB for retina). You do save quite a bit of $$ going with the Air, but the retina screen is simply fantastic. Decide how good he's been this year then make your decision
Edit: Don't bother with the normal Macbook Pro. Just get the Air instead if that's what you're comparing to.