Not long after Apple announced its new MacBook Pro M3 14 and 16-inch laptop, I began getting emails from friends asking my opinion of this new laptop and if they should consider buying it. One interesting thread in these requests is that many had older MacBooks and had already considered upgrading. They had anticipated that Apple might introduce new laptops this year and waited to see what Apple would release yet in 2023. I held off answering these questions to check out the new M3 Max-powered 16-inch MacBook Pro first.
Now that I’ve had a test model for a bit, it is by far the best laptop on the market. In my tests so far, I have yet to come across a workload that stresses it even a little.
The new lineup features:
★ The all-new family of M3 chips: M3, M3 Pro, and M3 Max
★ Next-generation GPU architecture
★ A faster CPU
★ A gorgeous Space Black aluminum finish is an option. I am personally testing the Space Black version, and it is stunning.
Apple’s third-generation M3 processor lineup delivers the most powerful laptop the company makes. The 2023 edition of the 16-inch MacBook Pro (starting at $2,499) contains class-leading parts.
This edition is clearly for the most demanding professionals. It’s the MacBook Pro for media makers, data scientists, engineers, and animators—people who genuinely need top-of-the-line performance and are willing to pay top dollar to get it. I predict it will be a big hit in Hollywood, where they need the most powerful computers they can get their hands on to create movie graphics, especially for on-location shoots.
All models of the 14 or 16-inch MacBook Pro come with a Liquid Retina XDR display and a full complement of ports.
It does come with the largest power brick in their laptop line but this is somewhat understandable given its power demands.
The M3 family of chips continues Apple silicon’s tremendous pace of innovation. M3, M3 Pro, and M3 Max are the first chips for a personal computer built using the industry-leading 3-nanometer technology. With a faster, more efficient next-generation GPU, these chips deliver the biggest leap forward in graphics architecture ever for Apple silicon. Featuring a breakthrough technology called Dynamic Caching, the GPU allocates the use of local memory in hardware in real time so only the exact amount of memory needed is used for each task. This dramatically increases GPU utilization and performance for the most demanding pro apps and games.
The GPU also brings new rendering features to Apple silicon, including hardware-accelerated mesh shading for greater capability and efficiency with geometry processing, enabling more visually complex scenes.
This updated 16 Core Neural Engine, coupled with the new GPU, also makes it one of the best laptops for use with AI applications.
A side note on this last point: Today, almost all AI inferencing is done in the cloud and on powerful back-end servers. But this is very expensive and draws a lot of energy. However, there is a huge push to shift some of the inferencing load to the edge or high-powered PCs and laptops. This new MacBook with the M3 processors will be ideal for handling on-board inferencing as special new software in the works today will make this possible.
These new MacBook Pros are also now Apple’s best laptops for gaming as games load even faster, and users will experience up to 50 percent faster frame rates. Here is a link to the detailed list of the new MacBook Pro M3 laptops- MacBook Pro – Tech Specs – Apple.
These laptops are pretty heavy, though. Both models come in at around 4.8 pounds. The M3 MacBook Pro gets up to 22 hours of video playback, while the M3 Pro and M3 Max get up to 18 hours.
Since testing these new MacBook Pros with the M3 Max processor, I am advising my friends that if they are power users, they should invest in the MacBook Pro with the M3 Max processor. This MacBook will meet all of their needs for some time. On the other hand, if they are using it for more standard functions like email, productivity, streaming media, etc., the MacBook Pro with the M2 processors is more in line with meeting these needs.
The new MacBook Pro with the M3 processors is Apple’s best laptop in its line today. This new edition is the one the competition will chase for some time.