Apple’s Wonderlust event was just a month ago, and it marked some pretty major releases, specifically the iPhone 15 and Apple Watch Series 9 (and Ultra 2). Wasting no time, Apple teased another mysteriously named event, “Scary Fast,” which happened yesterday, and it highlighted the all-new M3 chip coming in three versions (M3, M3 Pro, M3 Max), along with new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros to showcase them.
These are the first chips to be built using nanometer technology, and the biggest advantage of this is the increased performance in the GPU through dynamic caching (a process where local memory gets dynamically allocated inside the hardware in real time). Thanks to this and the addition of mesh shading and ray tracing capabilities, the M3 chip will not only allow you to work faster and have more apps open, but it will also let you play real-deal AAA game titles with pretty impressive graphics. Besides this trio of chips, the new MacBook Pro models rolled out to showcase them are mostly the same: with Liquid Retina XDR displays, Touch ID, and around 20 hours of battery life.
As far as the specs go, the base M3 comes with an 8-core GPU, 10-core GPU, and 8GB of unified memory, and the M3 Pro starts with an 11-core GPU, 14-core GPU, and 18GB of unified memory. Finally, the beefiest chip of the release, the M3 Max, provides an impressive 16-core GPU, 40-core GPU, and 48GB of unified memory option.
The latest MacBook Pro with the new M3 chip is available for order now, and availability begins on November 7th. This includes the 14-inch option with the M3 ($1,599+ – not bad for a MacBook Pro), M3 Pro ($1,999+), and M3 Max chip ($3,199+), along with the 16-inch model featuring the M3 Pro option ($2,599+) and the M3 Max option ($3,599+). All models will be available in a standard silver, but Apple is also dropping a sleek new Space Black color that you can go with.