Powering the Macbook Pro: Upgrades to the Performance of the M3 Penta-Like Models and How they Are Used in Game Development
The machines are able to raise the bar in a number of ways. The Macbook Pro can have up to 128GB of RAM, the highest for Apple’s laptops. M3 Pro models will be available on November 7th. M3 Max units will take a bit longer to ship and are due to arrive sometime later in November.
It’s not shocking that Apple focused on the internals of the new models, since they completely reworked the exterior of the MacBook Pro two years ago. A brighter screen and better battery life can be found in the new devices. The displays are 20 percent brighter in the MacBook Pro sizes. Depending on the configuration, Apple claims up to 22 hours of battery life.
The features of the M3 chips are new to Apple. Dynamic caching is a feature Apple calls, and it allows the processor to allocate memory for each task based on demand rather than using a set amount for the task to use. The use of resources is more efficient thanks to this result. ray tracing and mesh shading are used in games and apps. Game developers can utilize ray tracing to more accurately illustrate lighting elements like reflections and shadows. Hardware-accelerated mesh shading helps visually elaborate scenes within games appear smoother and without skips.
The 14-inch Touch Bar is moving on. An update of the 24-inch MacBook Pro and iMac with the M3 processor and 7 colors
Apple says its new space black finish should be less of a fingerprint magnet than the dark blue “midnight” MacBook Air. The company attributes this to “a breakthrough chemistry that forms an anodization seal to greatly reduce fingerprints.” That said, I can’t imagine that the seal will do much to prevent scratches or scruffs, which tend to shine through as bright silver if they’re deep enough. I go with silver every time. Even so, I do appreciate that this shade appears quite a bit darker than the prior space gray. It just looks more ominous and powerful.
The Touch Bar is moving on. The company has launched a new entry level MacBook Pro that has the Touch Bar keyboard and has a 14-inch screen. This new model has the standard M3 chip; the 14-inch model previously was only available with the higher-end Pro or Max chips.
The Touch Bar was added to MacBook Pros in 2016 and stayed there for a long time. While it had its fans, it wasn’t popular enough for Apple to stick with in the long term; the company dropped it from the redesigned 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros it introduced in 2021. Apple continued to refresh the 13-inch Touch Bar model with the M1 and M2 chips, keeping it around until Monday.
Both laptops feature a Mini LED display, a 1080p camera, a six-speaker sound system, 22 hours of battery life, and up to 128GB of RAM. They’re also available in a space black finish with a new coating that’s supposed to help reduce fingerprints as well as a silver option.
The 24-inch iMac is back with a modest refresh, offering the lowest barrier to entry for Apple’s new M3 processor. The all-in-one desktop comes in seven colors and starts at $1,299 with an eight-core GPU, an eight-core CPU, 8GB of RAM, and 256GB of storage. It can be fitted with a 10-core graphics card for a price of around $1,499. The M1 version from M1 is just the same as the base model and there is more than one pair of ports. Both configurations are supported by the wi-fi 6E.
The iMac comes with seven colors: green, yellow, orange, pink, purple, blue, and silver. The accessories for the iMac have the same color matches, but they don’t have the same Lightning connections.
The showcase has come to a close. During the launch event, Apple took the wraps off of some brand-new Macs that come equipped with the latest version of the company’s in-house chip.
Unlike its predecessors, which are built on 5-nanometer process technology, all three new chips are now built on a 3-nanometer process—this packs more transistors into a smaller space and enhances both the speed and power efficiency of the chip.
All of these computers are due out in November, with most of them landing on the 7th. We’ll have to see how worthwhile these small improvements are when we review the new Macs, but for now, here’s where you can preorder them if you want to get in on the ground floor.