Upgrade Your Work Experience: Switching to the M3 MacBook Pro

Over the past few days, I’ve had the privilege of testing the all-new MacBook Pro with M3 Apple Silicon. Having used a 2019 MacBook Pro with Intel for quite some time, I’m excited to share my experience and highlight the significant differences I’ve observed after making the switch.

The Power of the MacBook Pro M3

The MacBook Pro M3, introduced at the end of 2023, has been the talk of the town due to its remarkable capabilities and processing power. But it’s more than just technical specifications; it’s about the real-world experience.

One of the most striking differences is performance. The M3 MacBook Pro has surpassed my expectations with its speed and responsiveness. Whether it’s video editing in Final Cut Pro, photo editing with Affinity Photo, or app development with Xcode, the M3 MacBook Pro outpaces my 2019 Intel MacBook Pro.

Differences in Screen Size

Another surprise came when I delved deeper into the MacBook Pro M3 – the screen. It’s not just about size but also quality and brightness. My 2019 MacBook Pro boasts a large 16-inch screen, which I initially thought was an advantage. However, over time, I’ve come to appreciate the 14-inch screen on the M3 MacBook Pro, especially when I’m on the move. The 16-inch MacBook Pro was bulky for travel, whereas the 14-inch screen is a better fit for tight spaces like airplanes or coffee shop tables. Additionally, the M3’s screen quality shines with a peak brightness of 1600 nits.

Improved Battery Life over Intel Macs

One of the standout features is the remarkable battery life of the M3 MacBook Pro compared to my Intel-based counterpart. This directly impacts my daily routine, as I no longer feel the need to carry the charger with me everywhere. Whether I’m working at the library or a café, the M3 MacBook Pro keeps up.

More Ports and Fewer Accessories

Another significant change I’ve noticed is the number of ports on the MacBook Pro M3. My old Intel MacBook Pro had five ports – four USB-C ports and a headphone jack. In contrast, the M3 MacBook Pro offers six ports, including two Thunderbolt/USB 4 ports, an HDMI port, an SDXC card slot, a headphone jack, and a MagSafe 3 port. This means I no longer need to carry adapters for HDMI or SD cards, making life simpler.

While some might consider this comparison between the two devices exaggerated, it’s important to note that most users don’t upgrade their Macs every year. I certainly don’t. When I invest in a MacBook, it becomes my primary work tool for at least 4 or 5 years. Therefore, the differences when transitioning to a new device are significant. For those still using an Intel-based Mac, I hope this guide helps you understand the incredible transformation that comes with switching to MacBooks powered by Apple Silicon processors.