Just a little feedback for people who are in the same situation:
I went for a complete fully optioned MacBookPro 15" 2018 except for the SSD (I only chose a 2TB SSD upgrade, as the additional ~1600 USD + taxes to spec the 4TB SSD seemed very little value for the money).
I can now actually work smoothly with fully rendered models (all materials rendered) in Rhino 6 WIP on the same WIP built where before the same 3DM file would render as a slideshow and actual smooth work in the model would only be possible when flat shading or wire frame rendering.
Really complex assemblies in Rhino 5 work now beautifully smooth without ever having to revert to hide part of the assembly or wireframe shading where before work in those assemblies was very cumbersome.
With this performance I do not see myself seeing the need to wait for the next MacPro release and rather sticking with these current MacBook Pros with the convenience of a truly mobile device.
The fully specced CPU is ABSOLUTELY worth it as CPU intensive tasks are substantially improved over the mid 2015 fully specced machine and I would believe that the highest spec Vega GPU option plays a significant roll in the better rendering capabilities.
Apart from design related issues with the current generation MBP this was money well spent and It is a very useful upgrade over the old machine and judging from benchmarks even worth the upgrade over the base spec machine (better heat dissipation behavior of Vega option over base GPU when speccing i9).
I absolutely H A T E the absolutely useless gimmicky Touch Bar and the very cheap feeling and badly sounding keyboard (not a big issue as I use almost exclusively external Apple BT keyboards) and I find the large sized trackpad very questionable (no added functionality for my uses as I completely ignore gesture based UI but the penalty of lacking the formerly existing finger resting place between keyboard and touchpad).
USB-C, dongle hell and external screens:
For anyone who like me is switching from old world connectivity (Thunderbolt 2 Raid drives and accessories and USB 3.0 accessories) to USB-C here is two most important KEY TIPS you MUST follow if you have any 4K or 5K screens in operation:
- buy the latest OWC Thunderbolt 3 14 port hubs immediately and save most of the dongle headache in the studio
- buy a Hyperdrive dock (to extend the miserable I/O situation) and a Hyperdrive USB-C to miniDisplay port 4K60Hz adapter (to get a) 60Hz and b) direct miniDisplayport connectivity) on the road without external power supply to the accessory
- Apple’s own USB-C to Thunderbolt 2 adapters DO NOT WORK WITH MINI DISPLAY PORT CABLES !!!
- Apple does not offer ANY solution in their web shop or their local Apple shops to get 4K @ 60 Hz !!!
You must get third party accessories to get higher than 30Hz refresh rates from 4K screens !!!
It was a major headache to find out about this and find the best solution.
OWC from my experience has always been a first rate supplier for Mac related accessories and in this case again bend themselves over backwards and exceeded any expectations to get this issue resolved fast.
software and migration:
Should you like me depend on using a SpaceMouse for CAD work and really depend on It, BE VERY PATIENT with the supplier. Driver support is very sketchy and slow for current Mac OS builds and since Mojave and it’s drastically increased safety features some functionality fails until driver support is improved (i.e. no reliable wireless SpaceMouse support any longer as of driver issues).
Also, should you still like me favor migration from Mac to Mac from the old days where you would simply make a SuperDuper Clone or Carbon Copy Clone from a backup drive to the new Mac to get up and running FAST ? DO NOT EVER, EVER, EVER EVER DO THIS with any current gen MacBook Pro with their new security chip and finger print reader !!!
You will in specific cases lock out your admin user profile and not be able to recover without COMPLETELY WIPING your SSD first.
Migration with this current gen of Mac computers should be exclusively done through Migration Assistant with your old machine connected through USB-C to Thunderbolt 2 or USB-C to USB3.
Don’t EVER attempt to use SuperDuper or CCC to clone a backup to your new main drive - IT WILL FAIL.