Apple has just announced the new M3 chip. The difference with this year’s announcement is. It was a few months late and a few months early. Let me explain. You see, the standard M2 was announced in June last year and the Pro and Max varieties were announced just earlier this year in January. But the October 30 event revealed was for all three versions of the new M3 chips.
Billed as the industry’s first 3-nanometer chips for a personal computer, the new M3 series boasts a next-generation GPU architecture and delivers dramatic performance improvements, a faster CPU and Neural Engine, and support for more unified memory.
We shan’t get into the technicality of it. I think most of us here will be more interested in the first devices to rock the new M3 series chip. But if you really have to know, you can dig deeper HERE.
Anyhoo, the first devices to benefit from the new M3 series chip are the new 24-inch iMac and MacBook Pro. Keep going for a summary of what to expect:
24-inch iMac (2023)
The new 24-inch iMac, powered by the impressive M3 chip, promises to deliver enhanced performance and capabilities in a sleek design with a choice of seven vibrant colors. The iMac with M3 is up to 2x faster than the previous M1 generation and up to 2.5x faster than popular 27-inch Intel-based models, making it an excellent choice for various users, including families, small businesses, students, creatives, and gamers.
The iMac features a 4.5K Retina display, improved wireless connectivity, seamless integration with iPhone, and high-quality camera, speakers, and microphones. It is available for order now, with shipping starting on November 7. The new 24-inch iMac with M3 can be pre-ordered now with a starting of US$1,299 and US$1,499 for the 8-core GPU and 10-core GPU, respectively.
MacBook Pro (2023)
The new lineup of MacBook Pro laptops is powered by the M3 chip family, consisting of M3, M3 Pro, and M3 Max. These chips feature a next-generation GPU architecture and faster CPUs, offering enhanced performance and capabilities for various user needs. The 14-inch MacBook Pro with M3 is designed for everyday tasks and pro-level performance in apps and games, starting at US$1,599, making it suitable for students, creatives, and entrepreneurs.
The 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pro with M3 Pro delivers even greater performance and unified memory support for tasks like coding, creative work, and research. The 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pro with M3 Max is equipped with a powerful GPU, CPU, and support for up to 128GB of unified memory, making it ideal for intense tasks like machine learning, 3D design, and video editing. Additionally, M3 Pro and M3 Max models are available in a stunning space black finish.
Oh, yeah, we finally have a black MacBook Pro. Never had a MacBook in black since the plastic MacBook. You can pre-order the new 14-inch MacBook Pro with M3 and M3 Pro, and the 16-inch MacBook Pro now. Prices start at US$1,599 and US$1,999 for the 14-inch MacBook Pro with M3 and M3 Pro, respectively. As for the 16-inch MacBook Pro, it starts at US$2,499.
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