This amateur enthusiast is nearly ready to move towards starting a journey into photography post processing. It's been something that I've been considering for a while and something that I believe that I'll need to do in the medium/longer term if I'm to continue feeding my photography addiction. I had figured that this moment could have been deferred by another 6 - 12 months, but...... Two days ago, another family 'member' bit the dust! And it got me thinking.... Our 6 or 7 year old Apple Mac G5 didn't get out of bed yesterday. Today, we visited the Genius Bar at a MacStore only to be told that the hard disk was dead. All our data is unretrievable. The only things of value there would have been our pictures from the old P&S camera, which thankfully DH had backed up on an external drive. R.I.P. Mac G5 hard disk. You've been a true old fogie....even the young whippersnipper Genius fondly referred to you as "vintage". We can probably get a new hard drive for the machine, which we probably will do, but not through the Apple store. In the meantime, let the games begin in my household...... ....we need to decide what configuration we want for the new iMAC (that we plan to purchase) to have..and whether we should future proof the iMAC for 3-D. DH works in the IT industry and there is no such thing as Over The Top in terms of hardware or technology here. I was hoping that some of you might like to chime in with your opinions. And more importantly, my laptop PC is hitting the big 4.0 years in age as well. I use the PC for work purposes but its also where I've been storing my pictures. I have been considering getting a new Macbook Pro, as my next laptop, and the iPad2 for photography purposes. I believe I can get PSE for the Mac (and I know how to spell A-p-e-r-t-u-r-e, which I believe is the Apple software for photos). I also understand that Photoshop might be releasing an app for the iPad2 in about 3 months time. Do any of you use the Mac for your photography? What should I be considering to think about if I'm going to use the Mac as the platform of choice for post processing? Do any of you use the iPad2 for your photos? I was looking at it for the portability and ease of data storage; instead of a laptop. Also, from my perspective, it is much more portable to carry around and to show photos with friends. Again, I am hoping that some of you might like to chime in with your opinions. And if you don't use Apple hardware, I'd appreciate if you could also post and share what hardware/software you are using for PP; plus any key learnings you'd like to share. Thanks in advance.