I run both at my shop and they each have distinct advantages (the 5K Retina screen is gorgeous). It's always a trade-off between speed and cost. The faster you want to go, the more money it's going to cost. For many of today's task an iMac is a great machine. But if you need the horsepower for transcoding you're not going to beat a Mac Pro.
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If true, I find that very interesting, particularly that the "Mark III sales are still good." While many people bag on Canon's lack of "innovation" (I'm looking at you EOSHD.com) their products sell well to many segments - photo, video, news, cinema, etc. While I also hope Canon releases some face-melting cameras this year, they are a business. And if their products are selling well it's understandable that they may delay an announcement for a replacement product to avoid the Osborne effect.
It's a MacBook. Not a MacBook Pro. This machine is for general, simple computing tasks - Word Processing, Facebook, Twitter, online shopping, etc. It is not meant for heavy computational tasks, like photo/video editing, color grading, compositing, or audio production - it has an Intel Core M processor and integrated Intel HD Graphics 5300 GPU for crying out loud. Those aren't powerful chipsets. If you need a lightweight, ultra portable machine that lasts all day and has an absolutely gorgeous screen...this is your machine!
The question still stands: can HBO become Netflix faster than Netflix becomes HBO. Both are in an arms race to buck up the aspects they're weak on. Netflix has ramped up quite fast with its own original programming. However, this move by HBO is a strong move. At $14.99/month it should attract a good bit of cord-cutters and cord-nevers.
Also a very smooth move by Apple to secure exclusive rights to host the HBO Now app for the first 3 months. Very savvy way to push product for Apple (and no coincidence that they lowered the Apple TV price to $69 USD).
UPDATE (3/15): For additional discussion surrounding HBO Now check out the March 11th episode of the always insightful KCRW podcast The Spin-off.
This camera from Arri will finish off what was left of RED in Hollywood. The previous case for RED was the ability to fly their camera body on a variety of drones, jibs, and rigs. Now if a director is shooting on Alexas or Amiras (and who isn't in Hollywood?) and need to get a mobile shot or into a tight space they're going to grab the Mini, not the RED.
Further irony that this Arri announcement came on the heels of RED's Weapon camera upgrade announcement. I doubt that's a coincidence.
TIP: ShotOnWhat is a great resource if you're curious about what camera was used on a given movie.