MacBook Pro M3: Apple reveals upgraded laptops

Apple has announced the new MacBook Pro powered by the M3, M3 Pro and M3 Max. Here are all the details on the new laptops.

The new MacBook Pro devices with the M3 family inside have arrived, and they really are getting the whole M3 family. This time, even the regular chip is coming to the Pro, with an M3 option available for the 14-inch device. The M3 Pro and M3 Max are then available across the 14-inch and 16-inch.

MacBook Pro M3 – Price and Release Date

The M3 model will start at £1,699/$1,699 while the M3 Pro version begins at £2,099/$1,999. Both can be pre-ordered today, with it coming to stores from 7th November. The M3 Max model starts at £2,599/$2,499 and can be pre-ordered today, but will arrive later in November.

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MacBook Pro M3 – Specs and Performance

The MacBook Pro 14-inch with M3 is up to 60% faster than the 13-inch MacBook Pro with M1, while Apple touts the M3 Pro models as being up to 40% faster than the 16-inch M1 Pro device. The new M3 chip offers up to an 8-core CPU, 10-core GPU and up to 24GB of unified memory. For the M3 Pro, it’s a 12-core CPU, up to an 18-core GPU and up to 36GB of unified memory.

At the top end, the 14-inch and 16-inch models with M3 Max are set to offer up to 2.5x faster performance compared with the M1 Max. This model will also be available with up to 128GB of memory, a new high for the MacBook Pro range. The rest of the specs come in at a 16-core CPU and up to a 40-core GPU.

MacBook Pro M3 – Design

Visually, these laptops are set to look exactly the same as the previous M2-flavoured versions, except the Pro and Max models with be available in a new stealthy Space Black option.

Other differences include the 14-inch model with an M3 chip will only coming with two Thunderbolt ports rather than the three on the more powerful versions. And, Apple hasn’t spelt it out, referring to the M3 ports as “Thunderbolt / USB 4” compared with “Thunderbolt 4” for the Pro and Max. But, this essentially means the M3 models only have Thunderbolt 3.

There’s a difference in weight, with the 14-inch M3 measuring 1.55kg, 14-inch M3 Pro/Max up to 1.62kg and 16-inch M3 Pro/Max up to 2.16kg. Battery life will differ too. The lower-powered M3 model has the smallest battery at 70Wh, but offers up to 15 hours of wireless web. The 14-inch Pro/Max model has a 72.4Wh battery, enabling up to 12 hours of wireless web. And, finally, the 16-inch Pro/Max models have a 100Wh battery and up to 15 hours of wireless web.