Should you buy the latest MacBook Pro and iMac? Mark Gurman explains

Apple recently launched its M3 MacBook Pros and brought out a refreshment to the iMac for the first time in nearly 3 years. But are the latest Apple devices the ones to go for or should you wait for the next release? Know what Mark Gurman said.

| Updated on: Nov 13 2023, 09:30 IST
iPhone 15 Pro Max to Apple Watch Ultra 2, check out the best Diwali gifts for family and friends
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1/8 As the festive season approaches, choosing the perfect gift becomes a delightful task. Whether you're seeking something special for your loved ones or looking to enhance your own collection, we have curated a list of top-notch  Apple products to make this Diwali extra memorable for you and your family. (Pexels)
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2/8 iPhone 15 Pro Max: Capture the magic of Diwali with the new iPhone 15 Pro Max. Boasting a strong and lightweight titanium design in five stunning colors, this Pro model features a customizable Action Button, Super Retina XDR display with ProMotion, and a powerful camera system with seven pro lenses, including a 48MP Main camera. The A17 Pro chip ensures next-level performance, and with features like Night mode and Smart HDR, your festive moments will be truly unforgettable. (Apple)
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3/8 iPhone 15: For those looking to upgrade, the iPhone 15 is the perfect choice. With a sleek design, durable back glass, and a 48MP Main camera with 2x Telephoto, this model promises powerful performance with the A16 Bionic chip. Available in vibrant colors, the iPhone 15 continues to deliver a high-quality 5G experience and improved audio quality for FaceTime or other apps. (Apple)
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4/8 Apple Watch Ultra 2: Experience the best in smartwatches with the Apple Watch Ultra 2. This rugged and capable watch comes with performance updates, a new double-tap gesture, and carbon-neutral options. With features like the S9 SiP, on-device Siri, and a 36-hour battery life, the Ultra 2 is a perfect blend of functionality and sustainability. (Apple)
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5/8 Apple Watch Series 9: The Apple Watch Series 9 introduces new features to the world's best-selling watch. With the S9 SiP, a brighter display, and enhanced health capabilities, this watch is a powerful companion. Choose the carbon-neutral option as a step towards Apple's goal of being carbon neutral by 2030. (Apple)
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6/8 iMac 24-inch: The 24-inch iMac, equipped with the M3 chip, takes the title of the world's best all-in-one to new heights. With a thin design and vibrant colors, this iMac is up to 2.5x faster than previous models, delivering a performance leap that will elevate your Diwali experience. (Apple)
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7/8 MacBook Air 15-inch: Experience power and portability with the new MacBook Air. Featuring a 15.3-inch Liquid Retina display, the M2 chip, and up to 18 hours of battery life, this laptop provides an unrivaled experience. With a silent, fanless design and the magic of macOS Ventura, the MacBook Air is a perfect gift for those on the go. (Apple)
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8/8 AirPods Pro (3rd generation with USB-C): The new AirPods Pro (3rd generation) with USB-C makes for an ideal Diwali gift. With the H2 chip and computational audio, these AirPods deliver breakthrough sound with Adaptive EQ and smarter noise cancellation. Enjoy features like Personalized Volume, Conversation Awareness, and six hours of battery life on a single charge. The lightweight and contoured design ensures comfort, making these AirPods a must-have for an immersive audio experience. (Apple)
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The new MacBook Pro gets an M3 upgrade. Know all about it. (Unsplash)

Apple finally took the wraps off its latest Mac devices at the Scary Fast event on October 13. The event also saw the unveiling of the next-generation Apple Silicon chip - the M3, M3 Pro, and M3 Max. The tech giant launched its latest MacBook Pros and refreshed the iMac for the first time in nearly 3 years. But are the latest Apple devices the ones to go for or should you wait for the next release? Know what Mark Gurman said.

Apple's new Macs: Should you buy them?

Having skipped on the M2 boost, the new 24-inch iMac is powered by the new Apple M3 chip. According to Bloomberg's Mark Gurman, the updated iMac is certainly fast, but “ not enough to blow you away.” Surprisingly, Apple did not even update the colour options for the new iMac, and it comes in existing seven finishes - Blue, Green, Pink, Silver, Yellow, Orange, and Purple.

Meanwhile, Apple did introduce a new Space Black option for the MacBook Pro, and it indeed seems darker than Apple's iconic Space Grey. But is it fast enough? Gurman claimed that although it is faster than its predecessor, it is not a life-changing update.

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So, should you buy the new M3-powered MacBook Pro and iMac? Here's what Gurman says:

If you already have a MacBook Pro with an M1 chip or better, hold out for another generation or two. If you have an M1 iMac, I'd also wait — perhaps even for a larger iMac.

However, if you're still on an Intel-based Mac, then making the jump to Apple Silicon is certainly worth it. You not only get a major performance boost, but an impressive battery life too.

Apple's M3 plans

At the Apple event, the company launched three M3 chips - M3, M3 Pro, and M3 Max. However, there was no information about the M3 Ultra, the rumoured ultra high-end Apple chip. Going by previous trends, the M3 Ultra chip could feature twice the CPU and GPU cores compared to the M3 Max chip. This would mean it could feature 32 GPU and 80 GPU cores, as well as up to 256GB RAM.

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First Published Date: 13 Nov, 09:30 IST