Apple has infused its Mac range with new options but more importantly, all of them are powered by the company’s new M3 lineup of chipsets. These chips possess leading-edge specs and are the ‘first personal computer chips’ made using the more efficient 3nm process, as per the company.
When it comes to the performance cores of the M3, M3 Pro, and M3 Max chips, they are up to 30 percent faster than those of the M1 family. Their efficiency cores, on the other hand, are up to 50 percent faster, meaning even more battery gains for MacBooks.
But the highlight of these chips is their GPU, which supports not just ray tracing and mesh shading but also something Apple calls Dynamic Caching. It is a process that optimizes the amount of memory the device uses during tasks.
Apple’s new M3 chips offer up to 128GB of unified memory and the most powerful M3 Max chip ships with up to 92 billion transistors, a 40-core GPU, and a 16-core CPU.
As for the products that will be getting this new hardware, the refreshed 24-inch iMac will be the first one. It will ship with a 4.5K Retina display and a 1080p webcam, among other upgrades.
Up to 24GB of unified will be offered along with neat color options, including green, yellow, orange, pink, purple, blue, and silver. The base iMac model with an eight-core M3 chip will cost $1,299, while one with a 10-core chip will go for $1,499.
The 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models also get the M3 boost. They can be purchased with M3 Pro and M3 Max chipsets and boast of 22 hours of battery life. A new space black finish is included in the lineup as well.
The 14-inch MacBook Pro with M3 Pro will be priced at $1,999, whereas the 16-inch M3 Pro variant will sit at $2,499. For those who don’t want to go overkill, there’s a new 14-inch MacBook Pro model that comes with the base M3 chip.
It replaces the 13-inch MacBook Pro with the M2 chip and offers performance that’s up to 60 percent faster. It ditches the Touchbar and offers just 8GB of RAM in its base model. Its price starts at $1,599.