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Apple Unveils Scary M3 Series MacBook Pro



Apple’s pre-recorded Halloween event was billed as ‘Scary Fast’ and for PC makers it should be – given the rapid performance improvements we’re seeing from Apple Silicon.

A new series of M3 chips have been deployed in the 2023 update to the MacBook Pro line and 24-inch iMac. There’s even a space black MacBook Pro for the high-end M3s.

“Apple silicon has completely redefined the Mac experience. Every aspect of its architecture is designed for performance and power efficiency,” said Johny Srouji, Apple’s senior vice president of Hardware Technologies.

“With 3-nanometre technology, a next-generation GPU architecture, a higher-performance CPU, faster Neural Engine, and support for even more unified memory, M3, M3 Pro, and M3 Max are the most advanced chips ever built for a personal computer.”

Apple’s M3 series continues to add more power and efficiency to the MacBook Pro line

The performance cores are up to 30 per cent faster than those in the M1 series. The efficiency cores are up to 50 per cent faster than the efficiency cores in M1, so everyday tasks are faster without sacrificing battery life.

Together, these cores create a CPU that delivers the same multithreaded performance as M1 using as little as half the power, and up to 35 per cent more performance at peak power.

A Faster and More Efficient CPU

There’s support for up to 128GB of unified memory, giving the top-end MacBook Pro some serious operating power.

Apple also talked about Dynamic Caching. Dynamic Caching means only the exact amount of memory needed is used for each task.

This is a big deal.

It dramatically increases the average utilisation of the GPU, which significantly increases performance for the most demanding pro apps and games.

The M3 GPU is able to deliver the same performance as M1 using nearly half the power, and up to 65 per cent more performance at its peak.

The other nice addition is hardware-accelerated ray tracing. Ray tracing models the properties of light as it interacts with a scene, allowing apps to create extremely realistic and physically accurate images.

So let’s see how Apple divided up the M3 with its new computers.

14-inch MacBook Pro with M3

This will service most people unless you have demanding video and computational requirements.

Apple says the 14‑inch MacBook Pro with M3 is up to 60 per cent faster than the 13‑inch MacBook Pro with M1.

Keeping the M3 cool

The key here is the thermal system for sustained performance.

The 14-inch MacBook Pro with M3 starts at A$2,699 and A$2,529 education.


  • Render performance in Final Cut Pro is up to 7.4x faster than the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Core i7, and up to 60 per cent faster than the 13‑inch MacBook Pro with M1.
  • Code compilation in Xcode is up to 3.7x faster than the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Core i7, and up to 40 per cent faster than the 13‑inch MacBook Pro with M1.2
  • Spreadsheet performance in Microsoft Excel is up to 3.5x faster than the 13‑inch MacBook Pro with Core i7, and up to 40 per cent faster than the 13‑inch MacBook Pro with M1.

14- and 16-inch MacBook Pro with M3 Pro

For users with more demanding workflows like coders, creatives, and researchers, MacBook Pro with M3 Pro provides even greater performance, supports more unified memory, and is now up to 40 per cent faster than the 16‑inch model with M1 Pro.


  • Filter and function performance in Adobe Photoshop is up to 3x faster than the fastest Intel-based MacBook Pro, and up to 40 per cent faster than the 16‑inch MacBook Pro with M1 Pro.
  • Basecalling for DNA sequencing in Oxford Nanopore MinKNOW is up to 20x faster than the fastest Intel-based MacBook Pro, and up to 36 per cent faster than the 16‑inch MacBook Pro with M1 Pro.
  • Text-based editing in Adobe Premiere Pro is up to 1.7x faster than the 16-inch Intel-based MacBook Pro, and up to 30 per cent faster than the 16‑inch MacBook Pro with M1 Pro.

14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro with M3 Max

MacBook Pro with M3 Max provides performance and capabilities for those with extreme workflows like machine learning programmers, 3D artists, and video editors. It is up to 2.5x faster than the 16-inch MacBook Pro with M1 Max,6 and up to 11x faster than the fastest Intel-based MacBook Pro model.5

It also supports up to 128GB of unified memory, enabling creators to easily work on large and complex projects spanning multiple pro apps and plugins, or compose huge film scores where entire orchestral libraries are instantly available from memory.


  • Simulation of dynamical systems in MathWorks MATLAB is up to 5.5x faster than the fastest Intel-based MacBook Pro, and up to 2x faster than the 16‑inch MacBook Pro with M1 Max.
  • Render performance in Maxon Redshift is up to 5.3x faster than the fastest Intel-based MacBook Pro, and up to 2.5x faster than the 16‑inch MacBook Pro with M1 Max.
  • Noise reduction in Blackmagic DaVinci Resolve Studio is up to 2.7x faster than the fastest Intel-based MacBook Pro, and up to 65 per cent faster than the 16‑inch MacBook Pro with M1 Max.

The Liquid Retina XDR display has 1000 nits sustained and 1600 nits of peak brightness for HDR content. SDR content is now displayed at up to 600 nits, which is 20 per cent brighter than before.

SDR content now brighter

Pricing and Availability

The new MacBook Pro is available for order now. Tuesday, 31 October, 2023 via

It will be in store Tuesday, 7th November.

14-inch MacBook Pro with M3 starts at A$2,699 and A$2,529 for education

14‑inch MacBook Pro with M3 Pro starts at A$3,499 and A$3,239 for education

16‑inch MacBook Pro starts at A$4,299 and A$3,949 for education.

iMac 24-Inch M3

The iMac 24-Inch gets a processor bump that makes it a compelling option not just for the home but the office too.

  • Expansive Retina display: iMac features a 24-inch, 4.5K Retina display with 11.3 million pixels, a P3 wide colour gamut, over a billion colours, and 500 nits of brightness.
  • Advanced connectivity: iMac now features Wi-Fi 6E, which delivers download speeds that are up to twice as fast as the previous generation, and Bluetooth 5.3, which allows users to connect to the latest Bluetooth accessories. It also features up to four USB‑C ports, including two Thunderbolt ports for superfast data transfer; support for Gigabit Ethernet standard on select models; and up to a 6K display.
  • Camera, mics, and speakers: With a 1080p FaceTime camera and ‘studio-quality’ mics iMac also boasts a six-speaker sound system with support for Spatial Audio when playing music or video with Dolby Atmos for a cinema-like experience.
  • Design: Available in green, yellow, orange, pink, purple, blue, and silver, iMac comes with new, bold, colour-matched wallpapers, and its strikingly thin, all-in-one design measures just 11.5 mm.
  • Colour-matched accessories and Touch ID: iMac features a colour-matched keyboard, mouse, and trackpad. With the option to choose a Magic Keyboard with Touch ID,4 users can easily and securely unlock their computer, use Apple Pay, and download apps. Additionally, Touch ID works with Fast User Switching, so customers can change to a different user profile with just the press of a finger.

Pricing and Availability

The new 24-inch iMac with M3 is available to order today, Tuesday, 31th October 2023 from

Prices start from A$2,199.

It will be in store from Tuesday, 7th November 2023.

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Apple’s Latest Privacy Ad Reminds Me How Much I Miss Safari on Windows



Apple’s latest privacy campaign got me thinking, remember when Safari used to be on Windows?

I sure do.

After shaky start Safari became a genuine choice on Windows. It was my preferred browser on both Mac and Windows for about five years. It launched in 2007 then discontinued on PCs in 2012 just as Chrome was really taking off. It was such a shame as using the same browser on different platforms is a far more secure way to operate online. I have to do that with Chrome now.

“We think Windows users are going to be really impressed when they see how fast and intuitive web browsing can be with Safari”, said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO.

“Hundreds of millions of Windows users already use iTunes, and we look forward to turning them on to Safari’s superior browsing experience too”.

Apple Introduces Safari for Windows in 2007

Today, Google Chrome dominates the browser market with a 65% share followed by Safari at 18%. Obviously Safari is massive on Apple devices but with Chrome being cross-platform it has a sizeable install base of 30% on iPhones for example.

Privacy on iPhone :: Credit Apple 

Apple’s new privacy ad – embedded above – is essentially telling Internet users they are always being watched if they aren’t on Safari. And it’s a valid claim. Despite common beginnings, not all browsers are equal when it comes to privacy.

Privacy on iPhone :: Credit Apple 

The video is a modern take on Alfred Hitchcock’s ‘The Birds’ with security cameras (representing Internet trackers) taking the place of the birds.

Essentially data companies can track you across multiple websites if your browser isn’t locked down. Your location information can be collected without your permission and while handy, web extensions can also violate your privacy.

Privacy on iPhone :: Credit Apple 

Even private browsing modes don’t actually delivery on privacy promises, giving the user a false sense of security.

Privacy on iPhone :: Credit Apple

Apple wants Internet users to know that Safari prevents cross-site tracking, helps protect your location data, has privacy-preserving web extensions and state-of-the-art Private Browsing mode, with real protections.

Privacy on iPhone :: Credit Apple 

In 2005 Safari was the first browser to start blocking third party cookies then in 2019 it became the first browser to block all third party cookies. Safari also hides your IP address from known trackers. The great thing about Intelligent Tracking Prevention – it’s on by default.  


Safari was also the first browser to introduce a Private Browsing mode in 2005. Private Browsing doesn’t save the web pages you visited, the searches you’ve made, or your AutoFill information.

There’s a great blogpost on that takes you through all the aspects of Private Browsing. Click here to check it out.

When it comes to secure browsing for me, I use Safari Private Browsing with Express VPN for maximum privacy.

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How to Use Apple Intelligence Outside the United States



We have an update about the availability of Apple Intelligence for users outside the United States. Or more accurately, those “non-American” speakers.

Remember Apple stated at WWDC, “Apple Intelligence is free for users, and will be available in beta as part of iOS 18iPadOS 18, and macOS Sequoia this spring in U.S. English.”

That’s U.S. ENGLISH if you want Apple Intelligence to work on your device.

Of course this setting is easily changed but it wasn’t until today that we received confirmation that Apple Intelligence will work for Australians (or anyone else) selecting U.S. English outside the U.S.A.

Apple could have decided to geo-block access even after the user changed languages, but that concern was dismissed today. Anyone who changes their language to U.S. English in general settings and Siri will be able to join in the Apple Intelligence fun.

As an Australian English user, I showed how easy it is to change language settings to U.S. English during Sunday’s tech segment with Tim Gilbert on Sky News Weekend Edition.


The above TV segment was broadcast live before Apple confirmed ANYONE with a device switched to U.S. English will be able to access Apple Intelligence.

Some features, software platforms, and additional languages will arrive next year. Apple Intelligence will be available on iPhone 15 Pro, iPhone 15 Pro Max, and iPad and Mac with M1 and later, with Siri and device language set to U.S. English.

Clearly it means giving up some local language support but if I can get early access to Apple Intelligence, I’m OK with that.

I am desperate to get a smarter version of Siri but we could be waiting until next year to see the full benefits of Apple Intelligence.

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WWDC 2024: Canon and Blackmagic Design to Help Push Apple Vision Pro Sales



Content is king and that’s why Apple needs Canon and Blackmagic Design cameras to capture high quality spatial and immersive video to wow potential buyers of Vision Pro headsets. We’ve been able to shoot Vision Pro spatial video for some time on the iPhone but soon professionals and expert amateurs will be able to capture better quality images, specifically for Apple’s premium device.

At WWDC Apple announced that Vision Pro will soon be selling in Australia, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, Canada, France, Germany, and the U.K. More markets means more content.

At a RRP of A$5,999, the Vision Pro needs to blow you away. Fortunately there will be more ways to gather stunning content thanks to Canon and Blackmagic Design. One for the enthusiasts and the other for pros only.

CANON RF-S7.8mm F4 STM DUAL lens for EOS R7

The lens shown by Apple in its keynote is the Canon RF-S7.8mm F4 STM DUAL lens for its popular APS-C R7 camera. It’s under development specifically for Apple Vision Pro spatial content. The new DUAL lens will be available between September and December this year.

The RF-S7.8mm F4 STM DUAL lens features a field angle that is similar to a person’s field of view and it’s equipped with a high-speed autofocus mechanism.

If you can’t wait for the Apple specific lens then try the one below.


The lens above is the (soon-to-be-released) RF-S 3.9mm F3.5 STM DUAL FISHEYE. It’s an APS-C (VR) lens and joins the RF 5.2mm F2.8L DUAL FISHEYE in the EOS mirrorless lineup.  

The lens will only be compatible with the EOS R7 camera at launch. The recording angle is 144-degrees but it results in a natural, forward-facing view of the world. It’s also the first 3D lens with Autofocus (AF) from Canon, with a One Shot Autofocus (AF). This helps a lot. You’ll also find a rear mounted filter holder for both screw-on and gelatin filters.  

The RF-S 3.9mm F3.5 STM DUAL FISHEYE is priced at A$1,999 RRP and should be available late June.

I’ve shot immersive 180 degree videos with Canon’s super-fast dual fisheye lens and although impressive, I really didn’t have anywhere to show them off. Although I tried my best in the Sky News segment below.

The Canon RF 5.2mm f/2.8L Dual Fisheye lens was the world’s first lens for digital interchangeable lens cameras enabling 180° VR shooting to a single sensor. Using a Canon R5 you could record 8K 30p. Resolution is extremely important when it comes to video on VR/AR headsets. The higher the better.

Apple Vision Pro’s ultra-high-resolution display system uses micro-OLED technology to squeeze 23 million pixels into two displays. Each one is the size of a postage stamp, delivering more pixels than a 4K TV to each eye.

That’s where Blackmagic Design’s URSA Cine Immersive camera system is set to reach new standards in immersive video quality on the Apple Vision Pro.


“We are thrilled to announce the first-ever commercial camera system and post-production software that supports Apple Immersive Video, giving professional filmmakers the tools to create remarkable stories with this powerful new format pioneered by Apple,” said Grant Petty, Blackmagic Design CEO.

“Built on the new URSA Cine platform, URSA Cine Immersive features a fixed, custom, stereoscopic 3D lens system with dual 8K image sensors that can capture 16 stops of dynamic range.”

Blackmagic URSA Cine Immersive uses a fixed, custom lens system pre-installed on the body, which is designed specifically for Apple Immersive Video. The sensor delivers a jaw-dropping 8160 x 7200 resolution per eye with pixel level synchronisation.

The custom lens system is designed specifically for URSA Cine’s large format image sensor with extremely accurate positional data that’s read and stored at time of manufacturing. This immersive lens data — which is mapped, calibrated and stored per eye — then travels through post production in the Blackmagic RAW file itself.

Cinematographers can shoot 90fps stereoscopic 3D immersive cinema content to a single file.

The camera comes with 8TB of high performance network storage built in. It records directly to the included Blackmagic Media Module, and can be synced to Blackmagic Cloud and DaVinci Resolve media bins in real time. This gives over 2 hours of Blackmagic RAW in 8K stereoscopic 3D immersive.

DaVinci Resolve with Apple Immersive video support for Apple Vision Pro will be released later this year. Blackmagic customers will be able to edit Apple Immersive Video shot on the URSA Cine Immersive camera. A new immersive video viewer will let editors pan, tilt and roll clips for viewing on 2D monitors or on Apple Vision Pro for an even more immersive editing experience.

Transitions rendered by Apple Vision Pro will also be able to be bypassed using FCP XML metadata, giving editors clean master files. Export presets will enable quick output into a package which can be viewed directly on Apple Vision Pro.

Blackmagic URSA Cine Immersive Features

  • Dual custom lens system for shooting Apple Immersive Video for Apple Vision Pro.
  • 8K stereoscopic 3D immersive image capture.
  • 8160 x 7200 resolution per eye with pixel level synchronisation.
  • Massive 16 stops of dynamic range.
  • Lightweight, robust camera body with industry standard connections.
  • Generation 5 Colour Science with new film curve.
  • Dual 90 fps capture to a single Blackmagic RAW file.
  • Includes high performance Blackmagic Media Module 8TB for recording.
  • High speed Wi-Fi, 10G Ethernet or mobile data for network connections.
  • Optional Blackmagic URSA Cine EVF.
  • Includes DaVinci Resolve Studio for post production.

DaVinci Resolve Immersive Features

  • Support for monitoring on Apple Vision Pro from the DaVinci Resolve timeline.
  • Ability to edit Blackmagic RAW Immersive video shot on Blackmagic URSA Cine Immersive.
  • Immersive video viewer for pan, tilt and roll.
  • Automatic recognition of Apple Immersive Video (left and right eye) for dual file stereo immersive content.
  • Option to bypass transitions rendered by Apple Vision Pro.
  • Export and deliver native files for viewing on Apple Vision Pro.

Availability and Price

Blackmagic URSA Cine Immersive and the update to DaVinci Resolve will be available later this year.

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