Apple M2 brings faster processor, graphics and memory bandwidth to Macs

Apple’s M1 line of processors radically changed the game when it debuted in 2020, delivering better performance per watt than anything available than competing chips by a wide margin. Now the company is launching its next generation of Apple Silicon with the launch of its first M2 series chip.

The company says the new M2 processor brings up to 18% CPU performance improvement, 35% faster graphics and 40% faster neural engine for AI tasks. But it’s still a power-efficient chip: Apple claims the M2 processor delivers 87% of the performance of the Intel Core i7-1260P while using a quarter of the power.

Apple says the new processor is made using the company’s 2nd generation 5nm technology and features:

  • 8 processor cores
  • Up to 10 GPU cores
  • 16-core neural engine (up to 15.8 trillion operations per second)

It is also now possible to support up to 24GB of LPDDR5 memory (8GB more than the original Apple M1 chip supported) and 100GB/s memory bandwidth (which is a 50% improvement).

Apple says its new M2 processors also include the ProRes video engine with support for multiple 4K and 8K video streams and a new higher bandwidth video decoder with support for 8K H.264 and HEVC video.

Apple will most likely offer M2 Pro, M2 Max, and M2 Ultra processors that offer even more performance, but the first M2 processors will debut in thin and light laptops that balance performance with low power consumption.

Apple’s new MacBook Air and MacBook Pro 13, which hit the streets in July 2022 with prices starting at $1,199 and $1,299, respectively, and Apple promises up to 18 hours of battery life while playing video on the former, which is also portable fanless that weighs only 2.7 pounds and is only 11.3mm thick.

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