On Tuesday, Apple introduced its latest MacBook Pro models, which include the latest M3 processor family. These laptops come with Liquid Retina XDR displays and are advertised to offer a remarkable 22 hours of battery life. Apple is also emphasizing the improved performance brought by its new chip lineup, which includes the M3, M3 Pro, and M3 Max. These chips are manufactured using TSMC’s cutting-edge 3nm process technology and provide support for hardware-accelerated ray tracing. Additionally, they feature a novel memory innovation called Dynamic Caching, which is designed to increase GPU performance when running resource-intensive applications and games.
MacBook Pro Review
The latest MacBook Pro models feature Liquid Retina XDR displays in both 14-inch and 16-inch sizes, with a resolution of 3,024×1,964 pixels, a 120Hz refresh rate, and impressive brightness levels, reaching 1600 nits for HDR content and 600 nits for SDR content. Additionally, these laptops come equipped with a backlit keyboard that supports Touch ID for seamless biometric authentication.
Apple’s latest MacBook Pro lineup is powered by their latest M3 chip family, which includes the M3, M3 Pro, and M3 Max. The top-tier M3 Max chip is customizable with 128GB of RAM, marking the largest RAM capacity ever offered in Apple’s laptop range. In contrast, the M3 and M3 Pro-equipped models offer options up to 24GB and 36GB of RAM, respectively.
Following the initial launch of M2-powered MacBook Pro models in January, Apple has introduced its second set of MacBook Pro models this year. The latest chips, manufactured using TSMC’s cutting-edge 3nm process technology, come with impressive specifications, boasting up to 16 CPU cores, up to 40 GPU cores, and up to 16 Neural Engine cores.
These laptops can be configured with storage options of up to 1TB SSD. Apple claims that the new M3 Pro chip performs up to 40 times better than its previous M1 Pro processor and significantly outpaces previous MacBook Pro models with Intel Core i7 CPUs with up to 11 times faster performance.
The latest M3 series offers minor CPU enhancements compared to the previous generation. However, Apple has emphasized the notable GPU advancements in the new 3nm chips. These include hardware-accelerated ray tracing and a refreshed dynamic caching feature, which enables the M3 chip’s GPU to efficiently allocate specific local memory for optimized memory usage across different tasks, the company said.
The latest MacBook Pro models are equipped with a number of connectivity options, including Wi-Fi 6E, Bluetooth 5.3, a flexible selection of up to three Thunderbolt 4/USB 4 ports, a MagSafe 3 charging port, an SDXC card reader, an HDMI port, and an SD card reader port, and a 3.5mm headphone jack.
The 14-inch MacBook Pro with the M3 chip boasts a battery life of up to 22 hours on a single charge. Meanwhile, the M3 Pro and M3 Max variants of the 14-inch model still offer an impressive 18 hours of battery life. For those opting for the larger 16-inch MacBook Pro, models with M3 Pro and M3 Max chips can enjoy up to 22 hours of battery life.
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MacBook Pro 14-inch and 16-inch Specifications
- 14.2-inch (3024×1964 pixels) / 16.2 (3456×2234 pixels) Liquid Retina XDR display at 254 pixels per inch, ProMotion technology for adaptive refresh rates up to 120Hz, Up to 1,000 nits sustained (full-screen) brightness, 1,600 nits peak brightness, 10,00,000:1 contrast ratio
- Apple M3 chip – 8-core CPU with 4 performance cores and 4 efficiency cores with 10-core GPU, Hardware-accelerated ray tracing, 16-core Neural Engine, 100GB/s memory bandwidth,
- Apple M3 Pro chip – 11-core CPU with 5 performance cores and 6 efficiency cores with 14-core GPU, Hardware-accelerated ray tracing / 12-core CPU with 6 performance cores and 6 efficiency cores, 19-core GPU, Hardware-accelerated ray tracing, 18-core Neural Engine, 150GB/s memory bandwidth
- Apple M3 Max chip – 14-core CPU with 10 performance cores and 4 efficiency cores, 30-core GPU, Hardware-accelerated ray tracing, 16-core Neural Engine, 300GB/s memory bandwidth / 16-core CPU with 12 performance cores and 4 efficiency cores, 40-core GPU, Hardware-accelerated ray tracing, 16-core Neural Engine, 400GB/s memory bandwidth
- Up to 48GB unified memory (Configurable to 128GB (M3 Max with 16-core CPU))
- 512GB / 1TB SSD (Configurable to 2TB, 4TB, or 8TB)
- macOS Sonoma operating system
- Backlit Magic Keyboard with Touch ID, Ambient light sensor, Force Touch trackpad for precise cursor control and pressure-sensing capabilities
- Wi-Fi 6E 802.11ax, Bluetooth 5.3
- 1080p FaceTime HD camera, Advanced image signal processor with computational video
- Studio‑quality three-mic array with high signal-to-noise ratio and directional beamforming, 3.5 mm headphone jack with advanced support for high-impedance headphones, High-fidelity six-speaker sound system with force-cancelling woofers, Wide stereo sound
- Support for spatial audio when playing music or video with Dolby Atmos on built-in speakers, Spatial audio with dynamic head tracking when using AirPods (3rd generation), AirPods Pro, and AirPods Max
- 3 x Thunderbolt 4 USB Type-C with support for Charging, DisplayPort, Thunderbolt 4 (up to 40 Gbps), USB 4 (up to 40 Gbps), SDXC card slot, HDMI 2.1 port, MagSafe 3 port
- 14″ Dimensions: 15.5 x 312.6 x 221.2 mm (Height X Width X Depth); Weight: 1.55kg (M3) / 1.61kg (M3 Pro) / 1.62kg (M3 Max)
- 16″ Dimensions: 16.8 x 355.7 x 248.1 cm (Height X Width X Depth); Weight: 2.14kg (M3 Pro) / 2.16kg (M3 Max)
- 14″ – 70-watt-hour (M3) lithium-polymer battery with up to 22 hours Apple TV app movie playback and up to 15 hours wireless web / 72.4-watt-hour (M3 Pro and M3 Max) lithium-polymer battery with up to 18 hours Apple TV app movie playback and up to 12 hours wireless web; 70W USB-C Power Adapter (included with M3 and M3 Pro with 11-core CPU) / 96W USB-C Power Adapter (included with M3 Pro with 12-core CPU and M3 Max, configurable with M3 Pro with 11-core CPU), USB-C to MagSafe 3 Cable
- 16″ – 100-watt-hour lithium-polymer battery with up to 22 hours of Apple TV app movie playback and up to 15 hours of wireless web; 140W USB-C Power Adapter, USB-C to MagSafe 3 Cable
MacBook Pro 14-inch and 16-inch Price in India
- MacBook Pro 14-inch M3 8-core CPU, 10-core GPU, 8GB Unified Memory, 512GB SSD Storage – Rs. 1,69,900 (USD 1,599 in the US)
- MacBook Pro 14″ M3 8-core CPU, 10-core GPU, 8GB Unified Memory, 1TB SSD Storage – Rs. 1,89,900 (USD 1,799 in the US)
- MacBook Pro 14-inch M3 Pro 11-core CPU, 14-core GPU, 18GB Unified Memory, 512GB SSD Storage – Rs. 1,99,900 (USD 1,999 in the US)
- MacBook Pro 14-inch M3 Pro 12-core CPU, 18-core GPU, 18GB Unified Memory, 1TB SSD Storage – Rs. 2,39,900 (USD 2,399 in the US)
- MacBook Pro 14-inch M3 Max 14-core CPU, 30-core GPU, 36GB Unified Memory, 1TB SSD Storage – Rs. 3,19,900 (USD 3,199 in the US)
- MacBook Pro 16-inch M3 Pro 12-core CPU, 18-core GPU, 18GB Unified Memory, 512GB SSD Storage – Rs. 2,49,900 (USD 2,499 in the US)
- MacBook Pro 16-inch M3 Pro 12-core CPU, 18-core GPU, 36GB Unified Memory, 512GB SSD Storage – Rs. 2,89,900 (USD 2,899 in the US)
- MacBook Pro 16-inchM3 Max 14-core CPU, 30-core GPU, 36GB Unified Memory, 1TB SSD Storage – Rs. 3,49,900 (USD 3,499 in the US)
- MacBook Pro 16-inchM3 Max 16-core CPU, 40-core GPU, 48GB Unified Memory, 1TB SSD Storage – Rs. 3,99,900 (USD 3,999 in the US)
The new MacBook Pro models come in Silver, Space Grey, and new Space Black colours for the M3 Pro and M3 Max models and are available to order today on apple.com/in/store and in the Apple Store app in 27 countries and regions, including the US. They will ship starting Tuesday, November 7.