On Tuesday morning, Apple introduced a series of new MacBook Pro laptops, all of which use the new M3 series chips. It seems that the configuration of Thunderbolt and the ability to connect external displays is different in each of the laptops.
The 14-inch MacBook Pro with the base M3 chip provides only two Thunderbolt 3 ports to the user; But in the more powerful M3 Pro or M3 Max versions, there are three Thunderbolt 4 ports.
The 14-inch MacBook Pro with the M3 processor can only support a 6K display with a 60Hz refresh rate or a 4K display with a 120Hz refresh rate. The M3 Pro improves on this capability and supports two external 6K/60Hz displays. The M3 Pro models can also support an external 6K/60Hz display via Thunderbolt and another 4K/144Hz external display via HDMI.
MacBook Pro with M3 Max chip will support four external displays. You can connect three 6K/60Hz external displays via Thunderbolt and one 4K/144Hz external display via HDMI. M3 Max also supports connecting two 6K/60Hz displays through Thunderbolt and one 8K/60Hz display or one 4K/240Hz display through HDMI.
MacBook Pro equipped with M3 Pro or M3 Max chip can also support DisplayPort through USB-C port. An 8K/60Hz or 4K/240Hz display can be connected to it through HDMI.
The difference in the performance of all three new Apple Macs is clear due to their three types of processors. The basic configuration of the M3 seems to be suitable for most people, and the Pro or Max versions will be useful if you are looking for something without restrictions, especially in graphics processing.
The price of the 14-inch MacBook Pro, which will hit the market next Tuesday, starts at $1,599 for the base configuration with an M3 processor and 8GB of RAM, and $1,999 for the M3 Pro configuration.