MacBook Pro just got more expensive for everyone

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The MacBook Pro M3 costs at least $300 more than the model it replaces.

The good news is that with the release of the new MacBook Pro M3, Apple has reduced the cost of the 14-inch MacBook Pro by $400. The model it replaces costs $300 more than this one, which is bad news.

Although it’s a little perplexing, the 13-inch MacBook Pro M2, which originally cost $1,299, is no longer available. Starting at $1,599 is the new 14-inch MacBook Pro equipped with Apple’s M3 chip. Overall, this is the new MacBook lineup.

New MacBook Lineup

Starting Price
MacBook Air M1$799
MacBook Air M2 (13-inch)$1,099
MacBook Air M2 (15-inch)$1,299
MacBook Pro M3 14-inch$1,599
MacBook Pro M3 Pro 14-inch$1,999
MacBook Pro M3 Pro 16-inch$2,499

At first look, it sounds like a very good range of costs, but creative professionals have an interesting option if they’re ready to spend more than $1000 on a new laptop now that the 13-inch MacBook Pro is no longer available.

The only available model is the 15-inch MacBook Air, which retails for $1,299 and has a fast M2 CPU. But, if you’re a video editor, designer, or coder, you don’t receive the same graphics that the M3 chip might offer, nor does it have the same rendering power.

With the help of a new GPU and a feature called Dynamic Caching, the M3 chip allows the GPU to allocate local memory in real-time using hardware rather than software. When utilizing intensive pro apps, this enhances GPU utilization and speed because just the precise amount of memory is utilized for each job.

The transition to M3, which provides hardware-accelerated mesh shading and ray tracing, will also be appreciated by gamers. The MacBook Pro can handle more visually complex scenarios thanks to mesh shading since it can compute geometry much more quickly. Furthermore, the MacBook Pro M3 can produce more realistic lighting effects and shadows thanks to hardware-accelerated ray tracing, which was first introduced on the iPhone 15 Pro series with the A17 Pro CPU.

Apart from these enhanced processing capabilities, the MacBook Pro M3 14-inch has a battery life of up to 22 hours. In contrast, the 15-inch MacBook Air can run for 15 to 18 hours, depending on the task. Remember that professionals will value the 14-inch MacBook Pro’s extra ports, which include an extra Thunderbolt 4 port, an HDMI port, and an SD card slot.

So even with the larger screen, is Apple right to charge $300 more than the 15-inch MacBook Air? Yes, in my opinion, although it’s unclear how long it will take for the Air to have an M3 chip; if that happens, the new MacBook Pro might be more difficult to sell.

The more pressing query that some might have is whether the 14-inch MacBook Pro M3 is worth $300 more than the 13-inch MacBook Pro M2, which is currently in retirement. More ports, a crisper 1080p camera (instead of 720p), a more potent speaker system, a larger and brighter mini-LED display, and up to 4 extra hours of rated battery life are all included.

The final word will be in our comprehensive evaluation of the MacBook Pro M3, but in short, if you want to go Pro, you’ll need to shell out a lot more money for a MacBook.

Credits: Tomsguide

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