Apple has unveiled the new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros, featuring the latest M3 chips. The new MacBook Pro models retain the same design and ports while embracing a 3nm chip architecture in the form of M3, M3 Pro, and M3 Max.
The 14-inch MacBook Pro now comes with a standard M3 chip, starting at $1,599. Previously, the 14-inch screen size accommodated either a Pro or Max silicon and began at $1,999. It also replaces the 13-inch MacBook Pro with the Touch Bar keyboard, signaling the end of the Touch Bar era. The 16-inch MacBook Pro with an M3 Pro chip, on the other hand, will have the same $2,499 price point as its predecessor with an M2 Pro chip.
Apple’s performance charts highlight M1 versus M3 comparisons, where the latest MacBook Pro models boasted notable performance boosts. For instance, the standard 14-inch MacBook Pro with an M3 chip is 60 percent faster than a 13-inch M1 model in general use while still offering up to 22 hours of battery life. A similar comparison on the Pro chips yields a 40 percent faster performance. The M3 family of chips comes with hardware acceleration for both ray tracing and mesh shading, bringing significant improvement for gaming and animation works. Plus, the M3 Max systems will now support up to a massive 128GB of unified memory.
While other specifications remain the same, the M3 MacBook Pro models are a little brighter than its predecessor. The Liquid Retina XDR display peaks up to 600 nits of brightness for SDR content, which is a 20 percent increase from the previous generation. There’s also a new Space Black finish available on both 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models with M3 Pro and M3 Max chips.
Pre-orders for the new M3 MacBook Pro models are open now, with shipping starting next week on November 7.