Apple’s MacBook Pro lineup, featuring the 14-inch and 16-inch models, has undergone a series of enhancements, ranging from a brighter display to a revamped chassis finish, all powered by the cutting-edge Apple M3 series. In this latest iteration, the base model of the M3 Max MacBook Pro is remarkably more affordable, while the top-tier variant boasts an astonishing 50 percent increase in power, courtesy of the Apple M3 Max processor.
Retaining the design elements and most features of its predecessors, the all-new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro M3 Max models maintain the impressive 120 Hz fast, up to 1,600 nits bright mini-LED display, along with the top-notch aluminum casing and exceptional speakers. Noteworthy improvements include the display’s enhanced brightness, now reaching up to 600 nits for SDR content, a notable bump from the previous 500 nits.
The introduction of the Apple M3 series marks a significant leap. The entry-level 14-inch M3 Max MacBook Pro model now utilizes the smallest chip in the series, a departure from the previous Apple M2 Pro. This chip boasts four performance and four efficiency cores, akin to the Apple M2. However, the innovative CPU architecture promises a 15 percent boost in performance cores and 30 percent faster efficiency cores, translating to an overall 20 percent increase in processor performance.
The new graphics chip, with its ten computing units, promises a 20 percent uptick in performance and introduces several cutting-edge features, including hardware-accelerated ray tracing, dynamic cache for more efficient graphics memory usage, and mesh shading for superior gaming performance. Furthermore, the Apple M3 supports up to 24 GB of RAM.
For users seeking more power, Apple offers the M3 Pro variant, equipped with six performance and six efficiency cores, an upgraded graphics chip boasting 18 computing units, and a maximum of 36 GB of RAM, available at an additional cost. The pinnacle of performance lies in the top-tier models of the 14-inch and 16-inch M3 Max MacBook Pro, housing twelve performance cores, four efficiency cores, 40 GPU cores, and a staggering 128 GB of RAM. According to Apple, the M3 Max delivers a 50 percent increase in CPU performance and a 20 percent faster GPU performance compared to its predecessor, the Apple M2 Max.
What sets the M3 series apart is its groundbreaking 3 nm manufacturing process, a feature shared with the Apple A17 Pro in the iPhone 15 Pro. This advancement not only enhances performance but also significantly improves efficiency. Additionally, Apple introduced a new color variant, “Space Black,” which is notably darker than the previous Space Gray and boasts superior resistance against fingerprints.
M3 Max MacBook Pro price and release date
Interested buyers can now place orders for the 14-inch M3 Max MacBook Pro on the Bhphotovideo.com Online Store, starting at $1,999, with deliveries commencing on November 7th. However, this base model includes the smallest Apple M3 chip and 8 GB of RAM. To upgrade to 16 GB of RAM, an additional charge of $240 applies. The model featuring M3 Pro and 18 GB RAM is priced at $2,499, while the 16-inch variant with M3 Pro and 18 GB of RAM is available for $2,999. For users seeking unparalleled performance, the fastest M3 Max configuration paired with 48 GB of RAM starts at a minimum of $4,619.