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Apple MacBook Pro M3 Series : The Next Big Step Towards Apple Silicon's Expansion

December 9

Introduction

With the announcement of the new Apple MacBook Pro M3 series, the world of digital workflows is ready to witness the revolution in the modern tech world. After switching from Intel Core to Apple Silicon, Apple first introduced the M1 series in November 2020 and then the M2 series in June 2022, and now Apple is here with its new M3 series that includes the base M3 model, M3 Pro, and M3 Max. For the next few minutes get ready to take a deep dive into the detailed explanation of the Apple MacBook Pro M3 series.

So it all starts with a Halloween-themed online Apple event on October 30, 2023, where Apple unveiled all three models of MacBook Pro using M3.

Since its launch, Apple has also made it clear that the MacBook Pro M3 will be a replacement for the 13-inch M2 MacBook Pro, as Apple discontinued the 13-inch M2 MacBook Pro.

The new M3 family includes three different models: M3, M3 Pro, and M3 Max. The MacBook Pro continues with its 14-inch and 16-inch models. The MacBook Pro M3 is only available in 14-inch and the MacBook Pro M3 Pro & M3 Max are available in both 14-inch and 16-inch as well.

All these three new chips are built on the TSMC N3B process, which is the most evolved semiconductor technology in the industry.

MacBook Pro M3 Series - Tech Specifications & Key Features:

We are going to give a detailed explanation of every new MacBook Pro model powered by M3 chips. Let's approach it one by one.

14-inch MacBook Pro M3:

Not much has changed in the exterior of this model, as it continues with Space Grey and Silver Finish. The significant updates in the internal of this model are:

CPU, GPU, Neural Engine,  memory, and storage: 

It has an 8-core CPU with 4 performance cores and 4 efficiency cores. With a 10-core GPU and 16-core Neural Engine, it also benefits the memory capacity with 8 GB of unified memory, which is configurable to 16 GB or 24 GB, and storage with 512 GB which is configurable to 1TB or 2TB SSD.

Memory Bandwidth and Number of transistors: 

MacBook Pro M3 has a 100GB/S memory bandwidth. Now it has also improved the number of transistors, which is now 25 billion.

Camera & Audio:

In the MacBook Pro M3, Apple provides an advanced image signal processor and an HD FaceTime camera with 1080p.

For an immersive audio experience, it offers a six-speaker sound system with force-canceling features.

Display: 

With a stunning 14.2-inch Liquid Retina XDR display, it boasts 600 nits of SDR brightness and can peak around 1600 nits for HDR content, bringing your visuals to life with incredible color accuracy and contrast.

With P3's wide color gamut, you enjoy a wide range of colors and True Tone Technology helps to adjust the color temperature of the display that is comfortable for your viewing experience. With ProMotion adaptive refresh rate technology, you can experience smooth and seamless scrolling and animations with refresh rates up to 120Hz.

Advanced Media Engine:

For demanding video editing workflows, the MacBook Pro M3 is equipped with a powerful Media Engine featuring Hardware-accelerated H.264, HEVC, ProRes, and ProRes RAW codecs. This translates to smooth and efficient editing of high-resolution video content, allowing you to create stunning visuals with ease.

All three chips in the M3 family also contain an advanced media engine, giving hardware acceleration to the most popular video codecs, including H.264, HEVC, ProRes, and ProRes RAW. For the first time, the media engine supports AV1 decoding, allowing for more power-efficient streaming service playback and thereby extending battery life.

Battery and Power:

Battery life is up to 22 hours while watching the Apple TV app and up to 15 hours while browsing the web. Just because of the 70-watt-hour lithium-polymer battery. It contains a 70W USB-C power adapter and a USB-C to MagSafe 3 cable. For faster charging, it also encompasses a 96W USB-C power adapter.

Charging and Expansion:

For your smooth workflow, there are many ports for charging and different types of options for expansion in the MacBook Pro M3. 

For charging there are  MagSafe 3 ports, and USB-C ports which you can utilize to recharge the MacBook Pro battery, and also you can do some functionalities while charging your MacBook Pro.

For Expansion SDXC card slot, HDMI port, and a 3.5mm headphone jack are there. With an HDMI port, you can connect to external displays for extended workspaces and enjoy immersive audio experiences from the headphone jack.

Thunderbolt 4 ports are also a great option for expansion possibilities such as connecting to external hard drives, and also they support display ports for connecting additional displays, Thunderbolt 3 for transfer speeds up to 40Gb/s, and USB-4 for transfer speeds up to 40Gb/s.

Display Compatibility:

The MacBook Pro M3 can connect to one external display with a resolution of up to 6K at 60 Hz via HDMI. It also has a single monitor with up to 4K resolution and a 120 Hz refresh rate.

Keyboard & Trackpad:

The MacBook Pro M3 model features a Backlit Magic Keyboard with some noticeable points such as an Ambient Light Sensor, and Touch ID. People can also experience multi-touch gestures and precise cursor control in the force touch trackpad.

Wireless & Bluetooth:

The new M3 family contains Wi-fi 6E(802.11ax) and Bluetooth 5.3 for its users.

14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro M3 Pro:

M3 Pro has two models. One is 14-inch, and the other is 16-inch. It's available in the new stunning Space Black finish and Silver as well. It also has three Thunderbolt 4 ports for your seamless experience.

Now some of its characteristics like Neural Engine, Media Engine, Camera and audio, Keyboard and trackpad, and Wireless & Bluetooth are the same as the previous MacBook Pro M3 model, which will also remain the same for M3 Max models.

Therefore, they will no longer be a part of this article. So in this section, we only cover the differences, that the M3 Pro model has:

For 14-inch M3 Pro:

CPU, GPU, Memory, and Storage:

M3 Pro chip-powered MacBook Pro M3 Pro model has an 11-core CPU with 5 performance cores and 6 efficiency cores, which is configurable to a 12-core CPU with 6 performance cores and 6 efficiency cores.

It benefits from a 14-core GPU, which is also configurable to an 18-core GPU. With the leverage of 18 GB unified memory, which is configurable to 36 GB; you can store a hell lot of data throughout your workflow.

With the storage of a 512 GB SSD, which is configurable to 1TB, 2TB, or even 4TB; your important data is stored.

Memory Bandwidth and Number of transistors:

M3 Pro has a memory bandwidth of 150GB/S and an increased number of transistors, which is now 37 billion.

Battery & Power:

Up to 18 hrs on video, and up to 12 hrs on the web. M3 Pro includes a 72.4-watt-hour lithium polymer battery with a 70W USB-C power adapter. The Availability of USB-C to MagSafe 3 cable and fast-charge capability with 96W USB-C power adapter is also there for your quality experience.

Display Support:

M3 Pro can support up to two external monitors with up to 6K resolution at 60Hz via Thunderbolt, or one external display with up to 6K resolution at 60Hz via Thunderbolt and one external display with up to 4K resolution at 144Hz via HDMI.

One external display with 8K at 60Hz or one external display with 4K at 240Hz via HDMI.

For 16-inch M3 Pro:

In this section, we only cover the differences between the 14-inch M3 Pro and the 16-inch M3 Pro. The significant difference that matters to you are:

Display:

The 16-inch M3 Pro model has a bigger 16.2-inch Liquid Retina XDR display with higher-resolution pixels.

Battery Life:

While watching the video battery life of the M3 Pro is up to 22 hours and while surfing on the web it's up to 15 hours. With a 100-watt-hour lithium polymer battery and 140W USB-C with MagSafe, you can do things at very ease.

14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro M3 Max:

M3 Max is also available in 14-inch and 16-inch models. With an eye-catching Space Black and Silver finish, it looks very classy and attractive. Like the M3 Pro, it also has three Thunderbolt 4 ports to streamline your workflows.

Because of the M3 Max chip, it is considered the most powerful laptop in the world. The most crucial updates for MacBook Pro M3 are:

For 14-inch M3 Max:

CPU, GPU, Memory, and Storage:

With 10 performance cores and 4 efficiency cores, the M3 Max has a 14-core CPU with an amazing 30-core GPU. 

It also provides 36 GB unified memory, which can go up to 48GB,  64GB, 96GB, or 128GB(400Gbps).

M3 Max also delivers enormous storage of 1TB, which can go up to 2TB, 4TB, or even 8TB.

Memory bandwidth and Number of transistors:

M3 Max enables a memory bandwidth of 300GB/S. It also has 92 billion transistors which boosts its overall performance.

Battery & Power:

The Battery life of the M3 Max is up to 12 hours on the web and 18 hours on video. It also includes a power adapter of 70W or 96W USB-C with MagSafe with a 72.4-watt-hour lithium polymer battery.

Display Support:

M3 Max supports a total of 5 displays with 1 internal display and 4 external displays over Thunderbolt or HDMI.

For 16-inch M3 Max:

CPU, GPU, & Memory Bandwidth:

CPU of 14 or 16 cores (10 or 12 performance) and GPU of 30 or 40 cores. With M3 Max 16 core CPU and 40 Core GPU, it also includes a 400GB/S memory bandwidth.

Display & Battery:

The 16-inch M3 Max model has a bigger 16.2-inch Liquid Retina XDR display with higher-resolution pixels.

100-watt-hour lithium polymer battery with 140W USB-C with MagSafe power adapter that sustains a battery life of 15 hours on the web and up to 22 hours on video.

Pricing of MacBook Pro M3 Series:

For the 14-inch MacBook Pro M3, the price starts at $1,599, but with 1TB SSD, it's around $1,799.

For the 14-inch MacBook Pro M3 Pro, the price starts at $1,999, but with a 12-core CPU and 18-core GPU with 1TB SSD, it's around $2,399.

For the 14-inch MacBook Pro M3 Max, the price starts at $3,199.

For the 16-inch MacBook Pro M3 Pro with a 12-core CPU, 18-core GPU, 18 GB unified memory, and 512GB SSD, the price is $2,499, but with 36 GB unified memory, it's around $2,899.

For the 16-inch MacBook Pro M3 Max with a 14-core CPU, 30-core GPU, 36GB unified memory, and 1 TB SSD, the price is $3,499, but with a 16-core CPU, 40-core GPU, 48 GB unified memory, and 1 TB SSD, it's around $3,999.

Conclusion: MacBook Pro M3 Series

So in the end, we wanted to say that this article is for educational or general purposes. This should not be considered a buyer's guide.

Before considering buying an Apple MacBook Pro M3 Series, make sure you have a solid understanding of your needs, technical knowledge, and, of course, the pricing of different configurations.

So that's it for this article. 

We hope you enjoy the detailed explanation of the new M3 family.

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