M3 chip family: Apple's unnecessarily complicated improvement

Apple has once again set standards with the new M3 chip family and the iMac and MacBook Pro models equipped with it. Well, at least if you believe Apple's statements. In addition to a performance and efficiency boost for everyone who upgrades from the M1 chip family or Intel processors, there are also a few disadvantages compared to the previous Macs with M2 chips. There are also accessory upgrades that would have been logical, but were ignored by Apple. In this article you will find the worsening improvements that Apple presented for Halloween.

The new M3 chip family is intended to provide a boost in performance and efficiency. But there are also disadvantages compared to the previous versions of Apple Silicon.
The new M3 chip family is intended to provide a boost in performance and efficiency. But there are also disadvantages compared to the previous versions of Apple Silicon.

M3 Pro: Only 150 GB/s and no more 8 TB SSD

During the beginning of the year the new ones MacBook Pros with M2 Pro had a memory bandwidth of 200 GB/s and could be equipped with an 8 TB hard drive, you can say goodbye to both with the new models with M3 Pro chip. Because the 200 GB/s for data exchange has become 150 GB/s. And the largest storage is now a 4 TB SSD. On the product page in Apple's online store you can also find the note under the SSD selection: "8TB is available with the M3 Max chip.“Why this restriction was made is not explained.

M3 Max: 400 GB/s only possible with the most extensive configuration

But the Max version of the current Apple Silicon generation also receives a 25 percent reduction in memory bandwidth, at least in the standard version. Because the M3 Max with 14 CPU cores and 30 GPU cores only delivers 300 GB/s. Only if you choose the larger and of course more expensive variant with 16 CPU cores and 40 GPU cores do you get 400 GB/s of memory bandwidth again on the M2 Max was still standard across the board. So if you don't want to downgrade in terms of data turnover, you have to choose the latter option and pay at least 4.574 euros (48 GB RAM, 1 TB SSD).

Thunderbolt criticism of the MacBook Pro with M3: justified or not?

If you look around at different sources with different perspectives on the “Scary Fast” event and the products presented there, you will find very different points of criticism. Personally, I think some of the criticism leveled against the MacBook Pro with 14-inch display and M3 chip is a bit too high. Because here you don't necessarily have to use the previous 14-inch models with M2 Pro / M2 Max for the comparison and complain that there are "only" two instead of three Thunderbolt ports and that they "only" have Thunderbolt 3 instead of Thunderbolt 4 support.

Because you actually have to use the 13-inch model for the comparison. This was previously equipped with the standard models of the M1 and M2. As an entry-level model, it was offered with two Thunderbolt ports and these with the Thunderbolt 3 standard. And this is now happening again for the entry-level MacBook Pro with M3. Here you can look at the whole thing from the completely opposite perspective and not complain about the reduced ports of a 14-incher, but rather be happy that the entry-level model has a larger display while other specs have been retained.

Missed opportunity: Magic Mouse and Magic Keyboard still have a Lightning connector

If you look at the scope of delivery of the new M3 iMac, then you will find the necessary input peripherals for using the desktop computer there, even in a matching color. But while Apple has now also updated the iPhone and the AirPods charging cases from Lightning to USB-C charging ports, there are still Lightning ports on the Magic Mouse and Magic Keyboard included with the iMac. A Lightning charging cable is also included. There was a missed opportunity here to upgrade these accessories to USB-C and make charging more universal. In addition, you could have saved yourself the charging cable. What does Mother Nature say about this?

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