Apple unveils the M2 with breakthrough performance and capabilities

CUPERTINO, CALIFORNIA Apple today announced M2, launching the next generation of Apple silicon designed specifically for the Mac. Built using second-generation 5-nanometer technology, M2 pushes M1’s performance-per-watt even further with an 18% faster CPU, 35% more powerful GPU, and 40% faster Neural Engine.1 It also offers 50% more memory bandwidth compared to the M1 and up to 24GB of fast unified memory. M2 brings it all – plus new custom technologies and greater efficiency – to the completely redesigned MacBook Air and updated 13-inch MacBook Pro.

“M2 launches the second generation of M-series chips and goes beyond the remarkable features of M1,” said Johny Srouji, Apple’s senior vice president of hardware technologies. “With our continued focus on power-efficient performance, M2 delivers a faster CPU, GPU, and Neural Engine. And with higher memory bandwidth and new capabilities like ProRes acceleration, M2 keeps pace. unbridled innovation in Apple silicon for Mac.

M2 is built using enhanced second-generation 5-nanometer technology and consists of 20 billion transistors, which is 25% more than M1.

More transistors, more memory

M2’s system-on-chip (SoC) design is built using enhanced second-generation 5-nanometer technology and consists of 20 billion transistors, which is 25% more than M1. The additional transistors improve the functionality of the entire chip, including the memory controller which provides 100 GB/s of unified memory bandwidth, 50% more than M1. And with up to 24GB of fast unified memory, M2 can handle even bigger and more complex workloads.

The architecture of M2.

M2 offers 100 GB/s of unified memory bandwidth, 50% more than M1, and can be configured with up to 24 GB of fast unified memory.

Faster energy efficient performance

The new processor features faster performance cores paired with a larger cache, while efficiency cores have been dramatically improved for even greater performance gains. Together they deliver 18% better multithreaded performance than the M1, so the M2 can perform CPU-intensive tasks using very little power, like creating music with layered effects or applying filters complex to photos.1 Compared to the latest 10-core laptop chip, the M2’s processor delivers almost twice the performance at the same power level. And, M2 delivers the peak performance of the PC chip while using only a quarter of the power.2 Compared to the latest 12-core laptop chip – which needs a lot more power to deliver a performance boost and therefore finds itself in thicker, hotter and noisier systems with less battery life – M2 delivers nearly 90% of the peak performance of the 12-core chip while using only a quarter of the power.3

A graph showing CPU performance and power consumption of M2 compared to M1.

M2’s processor features faster performance cores and improved efficiency cores which together deliver 18% better multi-threaded performance than M1.

A graph showing CPU performance and power consumption of the M2 compared to the latest 10-core laptop chip.

Compared to the latest 10-core laptop chip, the M2’s processor delivers almost twice the performance at the same power level.

A graph showing CPU performance and power consumption of the M2 compared to the latest 12-core laptop chip.

Compared to the latest 12-core laptop chip – which needs significantly more power to deliver a performance boost – M2 delivers nearly 90% of the peak performance of the 12-core chip while using only a quarter power.

The M2 also features Apple’s next-generation GPU with up to 10 cores, two more than the M1. Combined with larger cache and higher memory bandwidth, the 10-core GPU delivers a big improvement in graphics performance, delivering up to 25% better graphics performance than the M1 at the same power level, and up to 35% better performance at maximum power. .1 Compared to the latest laptop chip’s integrated graphics, the M2’s GPU delivers 2.3x faster performance at the same power level and matches its peak performance by using one-fifth the power.2 M2’s higher performance per watt allows systems to have exceptional battery life and run cool and quiet, even when playing graphics-intensive games or editing large RAW images .

A graph showing GPU performance and power consumption of M2 compared to M1.

Apple’s next-generation 10-core GPU in the M2 delivers up to 35% better graphics performance than the M1 at its maximum power.

A graph showing GPU performance and power consumption of M2 compared to the latest 10-core laptop chip.

M2 delivers 2.3 times faster performance than the latest 10-core laptop chip integrated graphics at the same power level.

A graph showing GPU performance and power consumption of M2 compared to the latest 10-core laptop chip.

M2 matches the peak performance of the 10-core laptop chip while using one-fifth the power.

Apple’s next-generation custom technologies

M2 brings Apple’s latest custom technologies to the Mac, enabling new features, better security, and more:

  • The Neural Engine can process up to 15.8 trillion operations per second, more than 40% more than M1.
  • The media engine includes a higher bandwidth video decoder, supporting 8K H.264 and HEVC video.
  • Apple’s powerful ProRes video engine enables playback of multiple streams of 4K and 8K video.
  • Apple’s latest Secure Enclave offers best-in-class security.
  • A new Image Signal Processor (ISP) provides improved image noise reduction.

macOS, M2 and apps

macOS was built for Apple silicon, and the combination of macOS Monterey and the powerful new M2 delivers breakthrough performance and productivity to users. Mac computers powered by Apple silicon have access to the largest collection of apps ever made for Mac, including iPhone and iPad apps that can run on Mac, and universal apps that unleash the full power of M-series chips.

macOS Ventura, coming this fall, will also take full advantage of M2, bringing new features including Stage Manager, and powerful new features with Continuity Camera and Handoff in FaceTime. macOS Ventura also includes important updates for Safari, Mail, Messages, Spotlight, and more.

Apple silicon and the environment

The M2’s energy-efficient performance helps the new 13-inch MacBook Air and MacBook Pro meet Apple’s high standards for energy efficiency. Today, Apple is carbon neutral for the company’s global operations and, by 2030, plans to have net zero climate impact across the entire company, including supply chains. manufacturing and all product life cycles. This means that every chip created by Apple, from design to manufacturing, will be 100% carbon neutral.

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