How Apple’s new M3 silicon compares to the M1 and M2 chips – from GPU cores to transistors

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Apple announced their new M3 chipset yesterday. The announcement came just 15 months after the June 2022 announcement of its previous chip family, the M2.

This is four months faster than the M2 announcement, which came 19 months after the M1 announcement in November 2020.

Also: What Apple announced (and didn’t reveal) at its October ‘Scary Fast’ event

Breaking with tradition, Apple also announced an entire chip family consisting of the M3, M3 Pro, and M3 Max. The high-end double-chip Ultra model has been announced exclusively for the M1.

Apple silicon chip family comparison

To help you visualize the differences between chip families, we’ve created this single chart Note the relative family performance differences.

It’s Apple’s data and doesn’t say which chips perform against which chips, but it appears they’re measuring overall family performance — except for the M1 Ultra.

Chip Comparison Chart

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ZDNET has continued coverage of the M3, as well as new MacBook Pro and iMac models based on it. Here are some great articles to get you started:

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