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Apple’s ‘Scary Fast’ Event – All You Need To Know

This morning’s ‘Scary Fast’ event saw Apple unveiling 3 new exciting updates focused on performance.

M3 Chips

The M3 family of chips features a next-generation GPU that supports an enhanced graphics architecture for Apple silicon – with it comes something called Dynamic Caching – which allows new rendering features like hardware-accelerated ray tracing and mesh shading to be experienced on Mac for the first time ever.

The CPU in M3, M3 Pro, and M3 Max brings significant improvements to the performance and efficiency cores, ramping up performance cores up to 30% faster than the M1 family. With the M3 family of chips, faster performance can be achieved using as little as half the power on M1 – making this the fastest family of chips ever.

M3 Family of Chips in a Nutshell

M3:

  • 10-core GPU that is 65% faster than M1 for graphics performance
  • 8-core CPU, 4 performance cores, 4 efficiency cores that is up to 35% faster than M1 for CPU performance
  • Supports up to 24GB of unified memory

M3 Pro:

  • 18-core GPU that is 40% faster than M1 Pro for graphics-intensive tasks
  • 12-core CPU, 6 performance cores, 6 efficiency cores that is up to 30% faster than M1 Pro for CPU performance
  • Supports up to 36GB of unified memory

M3 Max:

  • 40-core GPU that is 50% faster than M1 Max
  • 16-core CPU, 12 performance cores, 4 efficiency cores that is up to 80% faster than M1 Max
  • 2 ProRes engines for the highest-resolution post-production videos
  • Supports up to 128GB of unified memory

MacBook Pro Lineup

All MacBook Pro models will feature the stunning Liquid Retina XDR display with 20% brighter SDR content, built-on 1080p camera, immersive 6-speaker sound system and will have up to 22 hours of battery life.

14″ MacBook Pro with M3

  • Up to 60% faster than the 13″ MacBook Pro with M1
  • Render performance in Final Cut Pro is up to 60% faster than the 13″ MacBook Pro with M1
  • Code compilation in Xcode is up to 40% faster than the 13″ MacBook Pro with M1
  • Spreadsheet performance in Microsoft Excel is up to 40% faster than the 13″ MacBook Pro with M1

14″ & 16″ MacBook Pro with M3 Pro

  • Up to 40% faster than the 16″ MacBook Pro with M1 Pro
  • Filter and function performance in Adobe Photoshop is up to 40% faster than the 16″ MacBook Pro with M1 Pro
  • Basecalling for DNA sequencing in Oxford Nanoport MinKNOW is up to 36% faster than the 16″ MacBook Pro with M1 Pro
  • Text-based editing in Adobe Premiere Pro is up to 30% faster than the 16″ MacBook Pro with M1 Pro

14″ & 16″ MacBook Pro with M3 Max

  • Up to 2.5x faster than the 16″ MacBook Pro with M1 Max
  • Supports up to 128GB of unified memory
  • Render performance in Maxon Redshift is up to 2.5x faster than the 16″ MacBook Pro with M1 Max
  • Noise reduction in Blackmagic DaVinci Resolve Studio is up to 65% faster than the 16″ MacBook Pro with M1 Max

MacBook Pro in Space Black

MacBook Pro models with M3 Pro and M3 Max are now available in space black.

The finish comes with an anodization seal that basically helps to drastically reduce fingerprints – no need to worry about grubby fingerprints on your beautiful space black machines. M3 Pro and M3 Max models are also available in silver, and the 14″ MacBook Pro with M3 is available in silver and space grey.

Pricing & Availability

The 14″ MacBook Pro with M3 starts at S$2,299 and will be available for pre-order tomorrow, with availability from 7 November onwards.

The 16″ MacBook Pro with M3 starts at S$3,599 and will be available for pre-order tomorrow, with availability from 7 November onwards.

iMac with M3

The M3 chip provides the new iMac with up to twice as fast performance as compared to the iMac M1, with apps performance receiving up to a 30% boost in speed.

Powered by Apple silicon, the new iMacs can natively run games and other apps off the App Store, and the 24″ 4.5K display can be used to play your favourite iOS and iPadOS games at over 4K resolution (including other games you download from the Mac App Store, Steam and anywhere else).

iMac M3 in a Nutshell

The new iMac M3 will once again come in a variety of 7 fun colour options, but will largely look pretty similar to the 2021 lineup.

As compared to the previous generation 24″ iMac:

  • Safari performs up to 30% faster
  • Productivity apps like Microsoft Excel perform up to 30% faster
  • Games load way faster and users will experience up to 50% faster frame rates
  • Editing and play back up to 12 streams of 4K video, 3x faster than before
  • Video projects in Final Cut Pro and Adobe Premiere Pro is up to 2x faster
  • Photo processing in apps like Adobe Photoshop is up to 2x faster

Pricing & Availability

The 24″ iMac with M3 starts at S$1,899 and will be available for pre-order tomorrow, with availability from 7 November onwards.

Krist

A huge fan of smart home technology and an Apple enthusiast.

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