Benchmarks show new MacBooks are blazers

Almost as fast as high-end Mac Pro!

When Apple introduced the revamped Mac Pro in June earlier this year, it said the M2 Ultra chip that powered the pricey high-end computer was a beast.

“It is a monster of a chip,” said Apple’s Jennifer Munn, Director, Engineering Program Management, during its unveiling at WWDC23.

Munn described the M2 Ultra as the “most powerful chip ever created for a personal computer.”

Fast forward five months, and new benchmarks show that the Mac Pro (which starts at $7,000) is only a hair faster than one of Apple’s new M3 laptops.

Geekbench scores show that a new MacBook Pro with a M3 Max — the chip in the middle of the M3 pack — is almost as fast as the Mac Pro’s M2 Ultra.

Apple silicon is now advancing so quickly, the company is obsoleting its own ‘monster’ chips introduced only months before. There are caveats to this, of course, but it’s still mighty impressive.

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It’s easy to throw stones at Microsoft. They’ve clearly fallen from their dominance. They’ve become mostly irrelevant. And yet I appreciate what they did and how hard it was. They were very good at the business side of things. They were never as ambitious product-wise as they should have been. Bill likes to portray himself as a man of the product, but he’s really not. He’s a businessperson. Winning business was more important than making great products. He ended up the wealthiest guy around, and if that was his goal, then he achieved it. But it’s never been my goal, and I wonder, in the end, if it was his goal. I admire him for the company he built—it’s impressive—and I enjoyed working with him. He’s bright and actually has a good sense of humor. But Microsoft never had the humanities and liberal arts in its DNA. Even when they saw the Mac, they couldn’t copy it well. They totally didn’t get it.

— Steve Jobs, 2011.

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