M3 MacBook Pro & iMac Released by Apple
Apple has used their Halloween-eve “Scary Fast” event to release updates to the MacBook Pro and iMac lineup, both featuring the all-new M3 processor.
And, for the MacBook Pro, there’s an all new Space Black color option, but only for the M3 Pro and M3 Max versions of that computer.
M3 MacBook Pro Series
The MacBook Pro update includes a move to the M3 processor line, with M3 Pro and M3 Max chips available as upgrades, in both 14″ and 16″ screen sizes. The design and ports of the laptop remain the same, with the exception of the new Space Black color, and if you want that Space Black color, you’ll have to go for the M3 Pro or M3 Max chip upgrade.
The base M3 chip has an 8-core CPU and 10-core GPU with up to 24GB RAM, while the M3 Pro has a 12-core CPU and 18-core GPU and up to 36GB RAM, and the M3 Max features a 16-core CPU and 40-core GPU with up to a whopping 128GB RAM.
The MacBook Pro 14″ and 16″ continue to use the same Liquid Retina XDR display that has been update to be brighter, but due to the mini-LED backlighting will likely continue to suffer from PWM, or Pulse Width Modulation, a display power management approach that can cause headaches, eye strain, and nausea for a group of users who are sensitive to PWM display flickering (woe is me, I am one of them). Most users are not impacted by PWM, but for those who are it can make upgrading to computers that use that display flickering technology impossible.
You can review tech specs for the M3 MacBook Pro here at apple.com, and you can also order a MacBook Pro with M3 chip right now with deliveries beginning in about a week.
The iMac spec-bump update also includes a move to the M3 chip supporting up to 24GB RAM, and continues to be available in green, yellow, pink, orange, purple, blue, and silver color options.
Apple says the M3 performance of the iMac makes it up to twice as fast as the M1 model it is replacing, and up to 4.5x faster than some Intel iMac models.
You can review tech specs for the iMac M3 at apple.com and order one right away, with deliveries beginning in a week.