Apple introduced the MacBook Pro family and the new iMac
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Apple introduced the MacBook Pro family and the new iMac with M3 series chips: prices start at $ 1,599

A few hours ago, the Apple presentation ended, during which several new models of computers in the Mac family were introduced, including MacBook Pro laptops based on 3nm processors of the M3 series, as well as the all-in-one Computer iMac, which received the award same processor. The base MacBook Pro with 14-inch display costs $1,599.

    Image source: Apple

Image source: Apple

In principle, the story about new products should begin with the listing of the new M3 processors that TSMC produces for Apple in 3nm technology. The base M3 includes a combination of four powerful and four economical computing cores as well as a 10-core GPU. The computing part of the processor promises to be 35% faster than the M1 processor; Comparisons with the M2 are not made. The graphics part of the M3 processor is 65% faster than the same M1. Applications running on M3 benefit from up to 24GB of unified memory distributed across the compute and graphics parts.

The M3 Pro processor already uses a combination of six performance and six compute cores, as well as an 18-core GPU that is 40% faster than the M1 Pro. The computing part of the M3 Pro is up to 30% faster than that of the M1 Pro, but a comparison with its direct predecessor is not possible. The unified storage supported by the M3 Pro is 36GB.

The M3 Max processor is the oldest in the series; its computing part has an asymmetrical layout: 12 productive cores next to 4 economical cores. The graphics part of the processor uses 40 cores, it can outperform the M1 Max by 50-80%. The M3 Max processor provides access to 128GB of unified storage.

It is important that the graphics part of all processors in the M3 family supports hardware ray tracing and mesh shading technology. The new processors also received a dynamic caching function, which allows you to allocate the required amount of memory required for the GPU to operate for each specific task. As already mentioned, the developers do not need to optimize the software for this innovation. The processors in this family also have an AV1 hardware decoder and also received an improved neural coprocessor that can accelerate the operation of machine learning systems.

The M3 processor powers the all-in-one iMac with 24-inch display, which goes on sale November 7 starting at $1,299. Up to 24 GB of RAM is combined with a storage capacity of up to 2 TB. The system is capable of processing up to 12 video streams in 4K resolution simultaneously, working with photos in Adobe Photoshop is doubled and office applications such as Safari or Microsoft Excel are accelerated by up to 30%. Support for Wi-Fi 6E wireless interface is provided. Otherwise, there are no special changes to the chocolate bar, it is offered in the same color scheme and does not even do without Lightning ports for connecting peripheral devices. However, apart from the fact that in the production of monoblock body parts began to actively use materials obtained through recycling, this does not affect the characteristics in any way. On an iMac with an M3 processor, the number of graphics cores can vary between 8 and 10; in the latter case, the base candy bar modification costs $1,499.

The base 14-inch M3-powered MacBook Pro will retail for $1,599 and begin shipping November 7th. The new product will replace the 13-inch MacBook Pro with an M2 processor, it will be 60% faster. The controversial Touch Bar control element is a thing of the past. The laptop is only offered with 8GB of memory and only in two colors: silver or gray. The black color is only available on more expensive versions of the MacBook Pro, which were also introduced today.

MacBook Pro laptops based on the M3 Pro processor received an increase in the amount of available RAM from 32 to 36 GB. The processor itself offers 12 computing and up to 18 graphics cores. According to Apple, the version of the laptop with a 16-inch display can work for up to 22 hours without charging. New features for this model year include mini-LED displays, three Thunderbolt ports, an HDMI, an SD card reader, a camera with support for 1080p resolution, six speakers and a port for connecting a charger with a MagSafe magnetic connector. When playing SDR content, the maximum display brightness increased by 20% to 600 nits. The entry-level 14-inch MacBook Pro based on the M3 Pro costs $1,999, while the 16-inch model costs $2,499. Orders are already being accepted and delivery will begin on November 7th.

The most expensive and productive laptops in the MacBook Pro series with an M3 Max processor will have to wait until the end of November. You are already entitled to up to 128 GB of RAM, and the volume of a solid-state drive can be up to 8 TB. In this configuration, a MacBook Pro with a 16-inch display costs $7,199. Laptops in this family based on the M3 Pro and M3 Max processors are offered in the new Space Black color instead of the previous dark gray, the coating is optimized in terms of the ability to leave fingerprints on it.

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