Apple claims the new M2 chip is 18% faster than M1
Apple revealed the M2 processor during its WWDC 2022 event, stating that it can deliver 18% more performance than the M1 chip found in existing Macs. The M2 uses the same 5-nanometer technology as the M1. It features around 20 billion transistors (a 25% increase over M1), an 8-core CPU, and up to a 10-core GPU. In the real world, what does that imply? Apple claims that the M2’s CPU and GPU are 18% and 35% quicker than the M1, respectively. A 40 percent faster 16-core neural engine capable of approximately 16 trillion operations per second is also included in the new silicon.
It will also be able to provide a memory bandwidth of 100GB/s. For computer users, this should mean improved performance for CPU-intensive programs such as music production, video rendering, 3D modeling, and other related tasks. Of course, Apple claims that its performance is superior to that of Windows machines, with twice the performance of a 10-core PC laptop at the same power level. Similarly, Apple claims that the M2’s GPU is 2.3 times quicker than “the most recent PC laptop processor” and “matches its peak performance at the same power level.” This type of mocking is common, but the M1 was so outstanding that we won’t be astonished if it’s real.
Hardware has been upgraded
This M2 update follows the launch of the M1 in November 2020. Apple has since introduced the M1 Pro, M1 Max, and M1 Ultra to its lineup. The M2 will be able to accommodate up to 24GB of LPDDR5 memory, which could lead to similar beefed-up variants for desktop Macs in the near future. The M2 will make its debut in the newly announced MacBook Air, which adopts the wedge shape of the current MacBook Pro but adds a deep blue color option and a larger display. These laptops will be sold with macOS Ventura, Apple’s most recent Macintosh operating system.
We’ll have to wait and see if the new M2 feels as significant as the M1 did in terms of performance and battery life compared to the Intel MacBooks that came before it. It’s getting a higher-bandwidth video decoder that can handle 8K H.264 and HVEC video and will help Apple’s ProRes video engine function more smoothly.
M2 is also making its way into the 13-inch MacBook Pro, which is still available with an older design than the 14- and 16-inch Pros that were released in 2021. Although Apple started the 13in was still the company’s second best-selling laptop after the MacBook Air, it’s an odd move to enhance the model rather than update or can it. Surprisingly, the M1 MacBook Air is still on sale for £100/$100 less than the new M2 Air.