When Apple revealed the full range of the new generation of M3 system chips last night, it was easy to think that they would reveal a new desktop computer. But no. Instead, it’s the MacBook Pro, available with M3, M3 Pro or M3 Max. And one more thing… in black!
At the lower end, we start with the 14-inch version with the basic M3 chipset, which is great for professional users who want a more portable version.
If you still want a small computer but require more horsepower and more memory, you can upgrade to the 14-inch with the M3 Pro processor, which is more than fast enough for most of us. If you need a bigger screen, it’s also available in 16 inches.
For the most demanding users, MacBook Pro with the M3 Max processor is now available in either 14 or 16 inches. They also support up to 128 GB of memory.
MacBook Pro empowers users to do their life’s best work, said John Ternus, Apple’s senior vice president of Hardware Engineering
For an idea of the performance increase, Apple says the 14-inch MacBook Pro with M3 is 60 per cent faster than the previous 13-inch with M1. The M3 Pro version is said to be 40 per cent faster than the 16-inch with M1 Pro.
For the real professionals, the MacBook Pro M3 Max should be 250 (!) per cent faster than the 16-inch MacBook Pro with M1 Max. Compared to an Intel-based MacBook Pro, this is almost ridiculous as it should be 11 times faster!
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The screen should be able to maintain 1000 nits of brightness continuously and peak at 1600 nits with HDR material. SDR material is displayed with 20 per cent more brightness than before.
But most notably… you can now get the MacBook Pro in black!
Price and availability
The new MacBook Pro series will be released on 7 November.
The 14-inch models cost €2049 – €2049 with M3 processor.
With the M3 Pro CPU, it’s €2599 – €3099.
And for an M3 Max you have to cough up €4099.
For 16 inches it increases to €3099 – €3599 for the M3 Pro.
With an M3 Max, it comes to €4340 – €4049.