The Apple M2 is here: Apple's next generation of chips is more powerful and efficient than ever
They have been made to wait, but we already have with us the Apple M2, apple's second-generation chips that arrive with a notable jump in performance and performance surpassing its predecessor in everything. This promises, and it does so with a special debut: the new MacBook Air M2 also presented by Apple at this WWDC 2022.
Apple's chips arrive with more transistors more power and more memory support than their predecessors, and according to Apple tests the performance is 18% and 35% higher in CPU and GPU respectively when compared to the M1.
More power, same (or better) efficiency
In Apple they have indicated how these chips make use of a 5 nm photolithography, like the M1, but it is an improved "second generation" process that has allowed to integrate more transistors: no less than 20,000 million.
These chips feature a CPU with four high-performance cores and four high-efficiency cores, plus a GPU with 10 cores capable of achieving 3.6 TFLOPS of power. The figure is surprising, especially considering that the Xbox Series S has a GPU that is around 8 TFLOPS of power.
This integration also benefits the integrated unified memory: in this case we can enjoy up to 24 GB of LPDDR5 memory with a bandwidth of 100 GB / s, 50% more than what was offered in the M1 (which could only reach 16 GB of unified memory).
The jump in performance that Apple promises is important: in the case of the CPU, up to 18% with the same consumption. The GPU is capable of achieving 25% more performance with the same consumption, but here Apple has given more room for maneuver and it is possible to achieve up to 35% more performance although yes, in that case we will consume more than the GPU of the M1 did.
These improvements also reach the artificial intelligence section, and now the M2 has a Neural Engine capable of processing 40% more operations than the M1 in the same time: up to 15.8 TOPS thanks to this 16-core chip.
The ProRes encoding and decoding support joins the support of 8K content and codecs such as H.264 and HEVC – but curiously the AV1 codec is not mentioned – which makes the M2 once again a powerful ally of content creators (and also of those who enjoy them).
The Apple M2 also debuts in the new MacBook Air M2, equipment that renews the traditional design – no more wedge shape, we fear – and that of course pose remarkable features with these new chips that are a promising evolution of the M1. Not only will they be available in those computers, but also in a 13-inch MacBook Pro M2 that, yes, do not change design.