Apple’s new notebook replaces the 13-inch M2 MacBook Pro in Apple’s lineup, offering an M3 chip, mini-LED Liquid Retina XDR display, with the same design as Apple’s M1 Pro 2021. The new 14-inch M3 MacBook Pro delivers serious performance and portability starting at $1,599. Although it’s a slight improvement from the predecessor M2, but it’s a significant upgrade since the M1.
New Base 14-inch MacBook Pro Sparks Debate Over 8GB of RAM
The controversy begins after the tech giant introduced a base model that includes 8GB of unified memory in the new M3 MacBook Pros, a choice widely criticized by some who believe 16GB should be standard for a “Pro” machine.
In response to this debate that’s everywhere in groups on Facebook to X, Apple’s Bob Borchers said,
“Comparing our memory to other system’s memory actually isn’t equivalent, because of the fact that we have such an efficient use of memory, and we use memory compression, and we have a unified memory architecture. Actually, 8GB on an M3 MacBook Pro is probably analogous to 16GB on other systems. We just happen to be able to use it much more efficiently.“
While the company is so proud of its new M3 family, not only the RAM but the new MacBooks have a lower storage of 256GB instead of 512GB in base models.
Apart from these changes, the improvements in the new MacBooks include a 1080p FaceTime HD camera, ProMotion 120Hz refresh rates, four Thunderbolt ports, an SD card slot, up to 21 hours of battery life, a high-fidelity six-speaker sound system, and an aluminum metal chassis that most gaming laptops get. The new MacBook Pro also comes equipped with Wi-Fi 6E, Bluetooth 5.3, and a variety of other upgrades packed into a thin, lightweight, and portable chassis.