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Apr 12, 2001

Apple today announced next-generation 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro personal computers during its "Scary Fast" event. These new computers include the new M3, M3 Pro, and M3 Max chips, which were also announced during the event.


Every model of the new lineup features a Liquid Retina XDR display with 20 percent brighter SDR content, a built-in 1080p camera, and a six speaker sound system. The new MacBook Pros offer up to 22 hours of battery life as well. The display also features 1,000 nits sustained and 1,600 nits of peak brightness for HDR content.

The standard M3 chip has up to an 8-core CPU and up to a 10-core GPU, the M3 Pro chip has up to a 12-core CPU and up to a 18-core GPU, and the M3 Max chip has up to a 16-core CPU and up to a 40-core GPU. The M3, M3 Pro, and M3 Max chips support up to 24GB, 36GB, and 128GB of unified memory, respectively.

Apple says that the 14-inch M3 MacBook Pro is up to 60 percent faster than the 13-inch MacBook Pro with M1. For users with more demanding workflows, the 14-inch and 16-inch M3 Pro MacBook Pro is up to 40 percent faster than the 16-inch model with M1 Pro.


For ultimate performance, the 14-inch and 16-inch M3 Max MacBook Pro models offer up to 2.5x faster speeds than the 16-inch MacBook Pro with M1 Max, and up to 11x faster speeds than the fastest Intel-based MacBook Pro.

The M3, M3 Pro, and M3 Max chips are built using 3-nanometer technology and offer a faster, more efficient next-generation GPU. They feature "Dynamic Caching" technology, meaning the GPU allocates the use of local memory in hardware in real time, ensuring only the exact amount of memory needed is used for each task.

Besides the internal upgrades, there's also a new color in the MacBook Pro lineup: Space Black. Only M3 Pro and M3 Max versions of the computer are available in Space Black. Apple says the finish greatly reduces fingerprints thanks to an anodization seal. M3 Pro and M3 Max models also come in Silver, and the 14-inch M3 model comes in Silver and Space Gray.

The new MacBook Pro models are available to order today, and they will launch on Tuesday, November 7. The 14-inch M3 MacBook Pro starts at $1,599 ($1,499 for education); the 14-inch M3 Pro MacBook Pro starts at $1,999 ($1,849 for education); and the 16-inch MacBook Pro starts at $2,499 ($2,299 for education).

Article Link: Apple Announces New 14-Inch and 16-Inch MacBook Pro Models With M3 Series Chips
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macrumors 68040
Jan 6, 2002
Well, after just buying a new MacBook Pro 3 months ago, I knew that the M3 would eventually be released. I’m not mad about that, I’m mad that I could have saved $400 and had a faster machine.

Edit: I see now that the M3 version lost RAM and a USB-C port..


macrumors regular
Nov 19, 2021
Seems like people with m1 and lower should be upgrading

Definitely. The M3 Max is the powerhouse I've been anticipating since my late-2020 M1, excited for that 128GB capacity!

However, it's unfortunate that they haven't increased the max SSD to 16TB yet. Hopefully in 2024 or 2025.

Additionally, the absence of FaceID and WiFi 7 is notable, which I suspect may not be introduced until 2025 either.


macrumors regular
Feb 26, 2011
It felt weird presentation never seen so much comparison vs an Intel-Mac and they kept going on about how fast vs Intel-mac.. of course its going to be 11x faster.. there must be a lot of users still using Intel.

Not much gaming demo that people expected so not sure why the change of event time..


macrumors regular
Oct 15, 2020
I think when we look back in history years from now, the M3 is where we'll say was the pivot point where Apple set the gold standard.

The M1 was the revolutionary starting point, the M2 was a bit lackluster and now the M3 is where Apple took it to a whole new level.

Truth be told, for most people, there will be very little difference. If an app opens in under a second, what difference does it make if it is 2x faster? If you are on an existing M chip, there is no need to rush to upgrade.


macrumors 65816
Jan 6, 2011
United States
Even with the comparisons to M1 they did, I’m still not convinced it’s a worthwhile upgrade to us M1 owners. My M1 Pro is still stupid fast with great battery life, the improvements seems to be in very specific workloads and not overall general speed.

The GPU upgrades are intriguing but that’s about it
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