CUPERTINO, CALIFORNI Apple today announced M2, the beginning of the next generation of Apple silicone designed specifically for the Mac. Built with second-generation 5 nanometer technology, the M2 takes the industry-leading performance per watt of the M1 even further with an 18 percent faster CPU, a 35 percent more powerful GPU, and a 40 percent faster Neural Engine.1 It also delivers 50 percent more memory bandwidth compared to M1 and up to 24GB of fast unified memory. M2 brings all this — plus new custom technologies and greater efficiency — to the completely redesigned MacBook Air and updated 13-inch MacBook Pro.
“M2 kicks off the second-generation M-series chips and goes beyond the remarkable features of M1,” said Johny Srouji, Apple’s senior vice president of Hardware Technologies. “With our relentless focus on power-efficient performance, M2 delivers a faster CPU, GPU and Neural Engine. And along with increased memory bandwidth and new capabilities like ProRes acceleration, M2 continues the tremendous pace of Apple silicon innovation for the Mac.”
More transistors, more memory
M2’s system-on-a-chip (SoC) design is built using enhanced second-generation 5 nanometer technology and consists of 20 billion transistors – 25 percent more than M1. The additional transistors enhance the functions of the entire chip, including the memory controller that delivers 100 GB/s of uniform memory bandwidth – 50 percent more than M1. And with up to 24GB of fast unified memory, M2 can handle even larger and more complex workloads.
Faster energy-efficient performance
The new CPU has combined faster performance cores with a larger cache, while the efficiency cores have been significantly improved for even greater performance gains. Together, they deliver 18 percent better multithreaded performance than M1, allowing the M2 to perform CPU-intensive tasks with very little power, such as creating music with layers of effects or applying complex filters to photos.1 Compared to the latest 10-core PC laptop chip, the CPU in M2 delivers almost twice the performance at the same power level. And the M2 delivers the peak performance of the PC chip while using only a quarter of the power.2 Compared to the latest 12-core PC laptop chip — which requires a lot more power to boost performance and is therefore found in thicker, hotter, noisier systems with shorter battery life — the M2 offers nearly 90 percent of peak performance. the 12-core chip while using only a quarter of the power.3
M2 also features Apple’s next-generation GPU with up to 10 cores – two more than M1. Combined with a larger cache and higher memory bandwidth, the 10-core GPU delivers a major boost in graphics performance, with up to 25 percent higher graphics performance than M1 at the same power level, and up to 35 percent better performance at maximum power.1 Compared to the integrated graphics of the latest PC laptop chip, the GPU in M2 delivers 2.3x faster performance at the same power level, matching its peak performance with a fifth of 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 massive RAW images.
Apple’s next generation of custom technologies
M2 brings the latest custom technologies from Apple to the Mac, enabling new capabilities, better security, and more:
- The Neural Engine can process up to 15.8 trillion operations per second – over 40 percent more than M1.
- The media engine includes a higher bandwidth video decoder, which supports 8K H.264 and HEVC video.
- Apple’s powerful ProRes video engine can play multiple streams of both 4K and 8K video.
- Apple’s latest Secure Enclave offers best-in-class security.
- A new image signal processor (ISP) provides better image noise suppression.
macOS, M2 and Apps
macOS is designed for Apple Silicon, and the combination of macOS Monterey and the powerful new M2 delivers breakthrough performance and productivity for users. Mac computers with Apple silicone have access to the largest collection of apps ever for Mac, including iPhone and iPad apps that run on Mac, and universal apps that unlock the full power of M-series chips.
macOS Ventura, out this fall, will also take full advantage of M2, with new features including Stage Manager, and powerful new capabilities with Continuity Camera and Handoff in FaceTime. macOS Ventura also includes major updates to Safari, Mail, Messages, Spotlight, and more.
Apple Silicon and the Environment
Thanks to the energy-efficient performance of the M2, the new MacBook Air and 13-inch MacBook Pro meet Apple’s high energy efficiency requirements. Today, Apple is carbon neutral for global business operations and plans to have a net-zero climate impact across the company by 2030, including manufacturing supply chains and all product lifecycles. This means that every chip Apple makes, from design to production, will be 100 percent carbon neutral.
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