The 14-inch MacBook Pro and 16-inch MacBook Pro have been given an update, becoming among the first Macs to be issued as part of the M3 Apple Silicon generation.
Introduced as part of Apple’s “Scary Fast” event on Monday, the updated 14-inch MacBook Pro and 16-inch MacBook Pro are now sporting new chips. Previously running on the M2 Pro and M2 Max, the new models are using the M3, M3 Pro and M3 Max.
As a specifications bump update, the new M3 variants of 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro both have practically the same core features as the M2 counterparts, albeit with more performance. The 14-inch MacBook Pro gets the base M-series chipset for the first time, replacing the 13-inch MacBook Pro which previously got the base M-series chipset.
The mini LED-backlit displays continue to be 14.2 inches and 16.2 inches in size, with resolutions of 3,024 by 1,964 and 3,456 by 2,234 respectively, complete with Wide Color (P3) support, True Tone, and ProMotion. HDR content can get brighter with up to 1,600 nits, while SDR content is now displayed at 600 nits.
Also making a return is the Touch ID security on the Magic Keyboard, a six-speaker system with force-canceling woofers and Dolby Atmos support, and 70-watt-hour and 100-watt-hour batteries, depending on the physical size.
Apple’s decision to upgrade the models to M3 is unusual, as it only added M2 Pro and M2 Max options in January, meaning the new models are out less than a year after the previous ones.
The 14-inch MacBook Pro with M3 is essentially the new 13-inch MacBook Pro. However, it has the mini-LED backlit ProMotion display and new design. The Touch Bar has finally exited the current lineup.
The 14-inch MacBook Pro and 16-inch MacBook Pro with M3 Pro and M3 Max chipsets replace the M2 Pro and M2 Max configurations. They have similar options but now peak at 128GB of RAM.
Storage options start at 512GB with options up to 8TB in capacity. A 1080p FaceTime HD camera is in the display notch, supported by an image signal processor included in the Apple Silicon chip itself.
A new Space Black option is available for MacBook Pros running the M3 Pro or M3 Max.
The 14-inch MacBook Pro with M3 starts at $1,499. The 16-inch MacBook Pro with M3 Pro starts at $2,499. These models are available for preorder Monday after the event and ship the first week of November.
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