Apple M2 Chip Launched: Although Apple’s WWDC 2022 developer conference is mostly focused on software upgrades, owing to months of leaks and speculations, we all expected new hardware goods at the event this year. The Apple M2 chip, the newest Apple silicon for Macs, was introduced today by the firm. Here’s all you need to know about Apple’s M2 processor.
Apple Launched the M2 chip, which boasts an 18% faster CPU and a 35% faster GPU.
According to Apple, the new M2 chip outperforms its predecessor, the original M1 chip, by 18% in terms of CPU performance. In a classic Apple manner, the firm likened the M2’s performance to that of a Windows PC, claiming that the M2 processor is 1.9x quicker than the 10-core Intel Core i7-1255U found in the 16GB RAM model of the Samsung Galaxy Book 2 360 while consuming a quarter of the power.
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In terms of GPU performance, the company claims a significant 40% gain. It is a 2.3x increase with 1/5th the power usage over the same Galaxy Book 2’s 10-core Intel CPU. On the M2, you also have a 40% faster Neural Engine.
The M2 chip, which is built on the same 5nm manufacturing process (which Apple refers to as second-gen), has 20 billion transistors, which is 25% more than the M1. Apple claims that the extra transistors allow the memory controller to produce 50% greater unified memory bandwidth at 100GB/s. The M2 may also accommodate up to 24GB of LPDDR5 memory.
Apple claims that the new Neural Engine can now perform up to 15.8 trillion operations per second. That’s a more than 40% improvement over the M1. You also receive support for a higher-bandwidth video decoder that supports 8K H.264 and HEVC video. In addition, Apple has included a new image signal processor (ISP) that promises improved image noise reduction.
Check out Apple’s M2 summary slide right below to summarize everything we’ve talked about thus far:
Apple has previously stated that the M2 chip will be available next month on the new MacBook Air and 13-inch MacBook Pro.