After appearing in SIRIM’s database last week, the M3-powered MacBook Pro and 24-inch iMac are now available for purchase in Malaysia! Thanks to the new M3 chip, these new Mac products promise even faster performance than their respective predecessors.
To recap, the M3-powered 14-inch MacBook Pro now starts at RM7,499; quite a bit lower than the RM8,799 starting price of its predecessor. The M3 Pro model, on the other hand, retails from RM9,999, while the most powerful M3 Max option goes from a cool RM14,799.
Naturally, the biggest change to the refreshed MacBook Pro laptops (aside from the new Space Black colour) are the M3 chips. Built on a power-efficient 3nm process, the new chips bring even faster performance; Apple says that the M3 Max model is up to 11x faster than the fastest Intel-based MacBook Pro model. This performance upgrade doesn’t impact battery life either, as Apple is still quoting the same (and very long) 22-hour battery life. The unified memory support has also been improved: the maximum capacity is now set at 128GB compared to 96GB.
Beyond the new M3 chips, other hardware of the updated MacBook Pros remain (almost) the same. While they still feature a bright and vibrant Liquid Retina XDR display with ProMotion support, offering 120Hz adaptive refresh rate, SDR content are now brighter by 20% on these new laptops – the max brightness is set at 600 nits instead of 500 nits.
As for the M3 iMac, the new chip brings some notable performance gains. Compared to the M1 iMac, the M3 iMac is said to be up to twice as fast. When you’re gaming – which is an increasingly feasible option on Macs – you can expect to see a 50% improvement in frame rate too.
The M3-powered MacBook Pro and 24-inch iMac are now available for purchase on Apple’s Malaysian online store. Chances are, Apple Premium Resellers should also have the new Macs in stock very soon.