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Should You Upgrade The MacBook Pro M4? Things to Consider

MacBook Pro M4

Beginning in late 2024, Apple intends to update the MacBook Pro with M4 CPUs. This guide compiles all of the information Apple has available regarding their MacBook Pro M4 plans.

The M4 Update

Apple did not anticipate changing the M4’s node from the M3, which was constructed using a novel 3-nanometer technology. Although TSMC, an Apple supplier, may release updates to increase its speed and efficiency, it will still be a 3-nanometer processor.

There are rumours that Apple’s forthcoming products will have new features related to artificial intelligence; thus, the M4 will concentrate on AI. Apple is reportedly looking to enhance the M4 (as well as the A18 CPUs for the iPhone) to feature an improved Neural Engine with “significantly” more cores in order to boost performance for AI functions.

The 16-core Neural Engine found in all M3 chips has not been expanded by Apple in a number of years.

Entry-Level MacBook Pro 14-Inch

Last year, Apple discontinued the 13-inch MacBook Pro with the M3 chip. New 14-inch MacBook Pros with three chip configurations have replaced it.

A regular M4 chip will be added to the $1,599 14-inch MacBook Pro with an M3 chip. Current M3 chips have 8-core CPUs and up to 10-core GPUs; M4 chips may be comparable.

Luxury 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pros

The 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models with M4 Pro and M4 Max chips, more powerful versions of the speedier M4 chip, will be upgraded for “pro” users.

The M3 Pro gets up to a 12-core CPU and 18-core GPU, while the M3 Max gets 16-core and 40-core. Unknown CPU and GPU enhancements for the MacBook Pro M4 and M4 Max.

Alterations to the Design?

No rumors of a MacBook Pro design change yet, and they are not due. After switching to Apple silicon in 2021, Apple redesigned the MacBook Pro design. Apple has updated the MacBook in 2012, 2016, and 2021, so expect another update in 2025 or 2026.

The MacBook Pro’s internals may get the M-series update this year.

MacBook Pro M4 Release Date

The 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro revamp is expected in late 2024 to early 2025, according to Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman. The entry-level 14-inch MacBook Pro may get an M4 CPU in late 2024.

Like the M3 chip range, Apple might release the M4, M4 Pro, and M4 Max variations all at once or over several months.

Since the M3 MacBook Pro launched in October 2023, a refresh in October 2024 would signify a year.

iPhone 15 Pro/Max

Apple’s premium iPhone 15 Pro and 15 Pro Max have the most fancy features and bells and whistles. For iPhone power users, Pro variants are available.

A $999 iPhone 15 Pro and $1,199 iPhone 15 Pro Max are available. Size, battery capacity, and 5x telephoto lens technology distinguish the iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max, which have similar feature sets.

iPhone 15 Pro Max features a 6.7-inch display, whereas iPhone 15 Pro has 6.1. The two models have the identical appearance, however the chassis and edge curvature have been somewhat updated from the ones from the previous year.

A “Ceramic Shield” front cover that provides improved drop protection, a pill-shaped Dynamic Island that contains the front-facing camera technology and Face ID hardware, and edge-to-edge OLED screens with minimal bezels are all features that are shared by both iPhones. Despite having an all-glass body, Apple added a titanium frame this year. Better than stainless steel, titanium is lighter and stronger.

Phone conversations, timers, Face ID, Bluetooth connections, and more are displayed on the iPhone’s Dynamic Island. New colour options for the two iPhones include natural, blue, black, and white titanium. Other colour options include stainless steel.

This year, the A17 Pro chip is only found in the iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max, which are the only iPhones to use it. Both of these models are equipped with the chip. The A16 chip, which was formerly utilised in the iPhone 14 Pro variants, is now included in the model lineup of the ordinary iPhone 15. Apple’s A17 Pro is constructed on the company’s 3-nanometer node, which brings about significant gains in both performance and economy. The processor supports console-level gameplay with hardware-accelerated ray tracing and mesh shading and up to 20% faster GPU performance.

A 48-megapixel Main camera with better low-light performance, a Telephoto lens, and an Ultra Wide camera remain, but the Telephoto lens has been improved. Apple has implemented Tetraprism technology in the iPhone 15 Pro Max to facilitate a 5x optical zoom. 3x optical zoom is available on the smaller iPhone 15 Pro.

Apple’s MacBook Pro M4 Specs

There isn’t an official announcement from Apple regarding the M4 MacBook Pro yet, but based on leaks and rumors, here’s a table of what to expect

SpecPossible Details
Release DateLikely late 2024 (base model 14-inch) or early 2025 (higher-end models)
ChipM4, M4 Pro, and M4 Max variants (possibly)
Screen Sizes14-inch and 16-inch (same as current M3 MacBook Pro)
Other SpecsNo information on other specs like battery life, storage, or RAM upgrades yet

Note: The data used for this was obtained from sites such as MacRumors [macaRumors M4 Macbook Pro]. Given the lack of an official notification, specifics may vary.

Cheekuru Bhargav
Cheekuru Bhargav
Cheekuru Bhargav has been writing Laptops, RAM and SSD articles for govindhtech from OCT 2023. He was a science graduate. He was an enthusiast of Laptops.
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