AAPL Stock Up1%, Apple Launches New iMacs, New PC Chips, and MacBook Pro Laptops

UTC by Benjamin Godfrey · 3 min read
AAPL Stock Up1%, Apple Launches New iMacs, New PC Chips, and MacBook Pro Laptops
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The new computers, including MacBook Pro and iMac models, are set to hit the market next week.

Apple Inc (NASDAQ: AAPL) has once again set the tech world abuzz with the announcements of an array of new devices, including powerful PC chips, sleek MacBook Pro laptops, and an updated iMac model at an unconventional night-time launch event on Monday. These product unveilings have ignited excitement among Apple enthusiasts and investors, causing Apple (AAPL) stock to soar to $170.

Apple Revamps the Mac Lineup

The timing of these announcements is crucial, as they precede the all-important holiday shopping season. Apple has experienced a 7% decline in Mac sales during the June quarter, largely attributed to a global PC sales slowdown. To counter this trend and keep its Mac lineup fresh, Apple has introduced these new chips and devices.

The new computers, including MacBook Pro and iMac models, are set to hit the market next week. While their designs closely resemble their predecessors, the standout feature is the inclusion of the latest M3 chips, marking a significant upgrade over the previous Intel-based Macs. Apple’s commitment to improving performance is evident in the specs of these new chips. The M3 chip lineup comprises three variants, the entry-level M3, the 40% faster M3 Pro, and the astonishingly fast M3 Max designed for AI developers and 3D artists.

These chips boast impressive battery life, with all M3 variants capable of delivering up to 22 hours of usage on a laptop. Apple noted that the release of the M3 Max chip will be slightly delayed, with shipments expected to commence later in November.

One of the most notable features of these chips is their cutting-edge 3-nanometer manufacturing process, which is provided by Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TPE: 2330). This process positions Apple at the forefront of semiconductor technology and contributes to the remarkable speed and efficiency of the new chips.

Competition Heats Up for Apple

While Apple has only been using its chips in its laptops and desktops for three years, the company’s extensive experience in designing iPhone chips has translated into impressive performance gains and improved battery life across its devices. The M3 chips can deliver up to 22 hours of battery life, marking a significant advantage over competitors.

Nonetheless, competition in the chip space is brewing, with Qualcomm and Nvidia making strides in their chip offerings. Qualcomm Inc’s (NASDAQ: QCOM) Snapdragon X Elite chip, an Arm-based chip found in Windows systems, is positioned as a competitor to Apple’s M2 Max, boasting similar power and efficiency. Meanwhile, Nvidia Corp (NASDAQ: NVDA) is reportedly working on its Arm-based chip to rival Apple’s processors.

These developments could pose a challenge for Intel Corporation (NASDAQ: INTC), another chip giant, as it relies on consumers purchasing Windows-based systems with its chips to maintain its share of the CPU market. With Apple’s continued commitment to releasing new processors regularly, the competition may need some time to catch up.

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