Apple's Logic Pro developers have been hard at work. The recent 10.3 (and 10.3.1) updates are fantastic. However, as with their other “single dot” releases, the minimum OS requirements were updated. Apple’s (unofficial) policy seems to be to support one Mac OS version previous to the current one, but nothing earlier. So, with Sierra being the current Mac OS, El Capitan became the minimum OS required for Logic Pro X 10.3, just as Yosemite became the minimum OS required to run Logic Pro X 10.2.
Which Mac Do You Use to Run Logic Pro?
Personally, I like to try and stay one Mac OS version behind the current. To me, it seems to be the best balance between the point of diminishing returns versus bleeding edge wounds. In other words, it’s trustworthy and stable. And there’s usually nothing significant missing in terms of features other than the absolute newest bells and whistles, which are likely not supported yet by third party (hardware or software) developers.
From Yosemite to El Capitan
So, like many here, I was caught having to upgrade from Yosemite to El Capitan with the recent Logic Pro X 10.3 update. With each subsequent Mac OS update however, older computers will struggle that much harder. Some models will even be orphaned, no longer capable of running the required operating system. Which turns this cycle of Mac OS updates into an eventual cycle of computer updates.
Apple's Hardware Development
Diligent and hardworking as the Logic Pro developers are, the same unfortunately cannot be said of Apple’s hardware development. Significant hardware upgrades have been all but absent for years now. The newest MacBook Pro, although sporting the very cool Touch Bar, does not seem to represent a stellar improvement in terms of computing power. So this puts us Logic Pro users in a precarious situation. We want to keep using the latest versions of Logic Pro, which require the current or previous Mac OS, which requires a certain amount of computing power to run efficiently, which requires us to upgrade our computers every x number of years.
But the computer upgrades are just not there.
So what do we do?
I don’t have a specific answer, but want to ask each of you, which Mac you are using to run Logic Pro?
I was happily running a cheese grater tower until two years ago. Upgrading to Yosemite to run OS 10.2 was too demanding for my needs, so I upgraded to a fully spec’d out iMac; at the time the “late 2014 model”. Two years on, so far, so good.
Please take a moment to answer the poll below.
It will give us here at Logic Pro Expert a better idea of what our readers are using; and a better idea of what to focus future content on.