Apple on Monday, at its Scary Fast event, announced a new MacBook Pro lineup with its latest powerful processors – M3, M3 Pro, and M3 Max. The 14-inch MacBook Pro now starts at $1,599, and it features the M3 chip. Both the 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros can be paired with either the M3 Pro or M3 Max, and up to 128GB of unified memory to deliver a powerful performance for power users.
The M3 Pro and M3 Max models now come in a new space black colour with a “gorgeous dark” aluminium finish. The MacBook Pro lineup features a Liquid Retina XDR display with 20 per cent brighter SDR content, according to Apple. It has a 1080p built-in camera, and a six-speaker sound system and the battery life is now up to a whopping 22 hours.
For the first time in a personal computer, the M3, M3 Pro, and M3 Max chips were built with a 3-nanometer technology. Thanks to a new Dynamic Caching technology the GPU is now powerful more than ever and it brings rendering features and hardware-accelerated ray tracing to the Mac for the first time.
Apple says the new 14-inch MacBook Pro with M3 Chip is now up to 60 per cent faster than the 13-inch MacBook Pro with M1, while the 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro with M3 Pro chip is now up to 40 per cent faster than the 16-inch MacBook Pro with M1 Pro chip.
The new MacBook Pro lineup ships with macOS Sonoma and it comes with a new high-performance mode in Screen Sharing which Apple says, “enables extremely responsive remote access to another Mac so pros can securely work on their highest-quality content from anywhere.” There is now a Game Mode which prioritises high frame rates to make games like Kojima’s Death Stranding Director’s Cut and Baldur’s Gate 3 run smoothly.
The new MacBook Pro is available for pre-order and starts shipping Tuesday, November 7. The 14-inch MacBook Pro with M3 starts at $1,599 and $1,499 for education; the 14‑inch MacBook Pro with M3 Pro starts at $1,999 and $1,849 for education; and the 16‑inch MacBook Pro starts at $2,499 and $2,299 for education.