Apple, on the 6th of June 2022 unveiled M2, an entirely new generation Apple silicon that is specifically designed to work with the Mac.
Based on the second-generation 5-nanometer technology, M2 boosts the top-of-the-line power efficiency of the M1 even higher with an 18 percent faster CPU and an increase of 35 percent more powerful GPU and a 40% more efficient Neural Engine. 1 M2 also offers 50 % more bandwidth for memory in comparison to M1 and provides.
It can provide up to 24GB of speedy uni-directional memory. M2 adds all this — along with innovative custom technologies and higher efficiency in the completely revamped MacBook Air and the updated 13.2-inch MacBook Pro.
“M2 starts the second generation of M-series chips and goes beyond the remarkable features of M1,” said Johny Srouji Apple’s senior vice-president for Hardware Technologies. “With our constant determination to deliver power-efficient performance M2 offers a more powerful CPU as well as GPU as well as Neural Engine. Along with increased memory bandwidth, and new features like ProRes Acceleration, M2 maintains the rapid pace of development with Apple technology for Mac.”
M2: More Transistors, More Memory
The system-on-a-chip (SoC) model of the M2 utilizes the latest, second-generation, 5-nanometer technology. It has 20 billion transistors, which is 25 % more than the M1.
The additional transistors enhances features throughout the chip which includes the memory controller, which provides 100GB/s of unified bandwidth for memory that is 50 percent greater than M1. And with the capacity of up to 24GB speedy unidirectional memory, M2 is able to handle more massive and complicated tasks.
Faster Power-Efficient Performance
The new CPU has higher performance cores and an increased cache capacity, and efficient cores are upgraded to provide even more performance improvements.
Together, they offer 18 percent better multithreaded performance than the M1 therefore M2 can handle processes that use a lot of CPU power, including creating music using layers of effects, or applying complicated filters to images. 1 Compared to the most recent 10-core laptop computer chip, the CPU of M2 has nearly twice the performance with an identical power consumption.
Furthermore, M2 provides the best efficiency of the computer chip only using one-quarter of its energy. 2 When compared with the most recent 12-core laptop computer chipwhich requires a lot more power to provide more performance and therefore is more hefty, hotter and louder systems that have lower battery life. M2 offers nearly 90% of the maximum performance of the 12-core chip only consuming one-fourth of its capacity. 3
M2 is also Apple’s next-generation GPU that has the capacity of up to 10 processors which is two more than the M1. In combination with a more powerful memory cache and faster bandwidth for memory, the 10-core GPU provides a huge increase in graphics performance, offering an average of 25 percent better efficiency in graphics than the M1 at the same level of power and at least 35 percent higher performance at the maximum level. 1 Compared with integrated graphics on the most recent laptop PC chip M2, the GPU offers 2.3x more speed at the exact power, and is able to match its maximum performance with a fifth of the energy. 2 The greater performance per watt offered by M2 allows systems to enjoy an exceptional battery life, and also run cool and quiet even while playing graphic-intensive games or editing huge RAW images.
Apple’s Next-Generation Custom Technologies
M2 brings the latest Apple customized technology to Mac and enables new capabilities, enhanced security, and much 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, supporting 8K H.264 and HEVC video
Apple’s powerful ProRes video engine enables playback of multiple streams of both 4K and 8K video
Apple’s latest Secure Enclave provides best-in-class security
A new image signal processor (ISP) delivers better image noise reduction.
macOS M2, & Apps
macOS is designed specifically for Apple silicon as well as the combo with macOS Monterey and the powerful M2 chipset delivers unprecedented productivity and performance for users. Mac computers that are powered by Apple silicon are able to access the most extensive collection of applications ever created for Mac that includes iPhone and iPad applications that be run on Mac as well as universal apps that unleash the full potential of the M-series chips.
macOS Ventura, coming this season, will make full use of M2 with new features, including Stage Manager as well as advanced new capabilities like Continuity cameras and hands-offs in FaceTime. macOS Ventura also includes big changes to Safari and Mail, Messages Spotlight, Mail, and many more.
Apple Silicon and the Environment
The M2’s power-efficient performance makes the brand new MacBook Air and 13-inch MacBook Pro achieve Apple’s highest standards of energy efficiency. Presently, Apple is carbon neutral for its global corporate operations and, by 2030, plans to have zero impact on the climate across all business operations that includes supply chains as well as all phases of product life. That means every single chip Apple develops from conception to production it will be 100% carbon-free.
Apple revolutionized personal computing with the invention of the Macintosh in 1984. Nowadays, Apple leads the world in technological innovation thanks to iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch, and Apple TV. Apple’s five operating systems that include iOS, iPadOS, macOS watchOS, macOS, and tvOS offer seamless user experience on all Apple devices, and provide users by offering revolutionary services like apps like the App Store, Apple Music, Apple Pay, and iCloud. The more than 100,000 employees at Apple are committed to creating the top products in the world and leave this world better than they discovered it.
Testing conducted by Apple in May 2022 using preproduction 13-inch MacBook Pro systems with Apple M2, 8-core CPU, 10-core GPU, and 16GB of RAM; and production 13-inch MacBook Pro systems with Apple M1, 8-core CPU, 8-core GPU, and 16GB of RAM. Performance measured using select industry-standard benchmarks. Performance tests are conducted using specific computer systems and reflect the approximate performance of MacBook Pro.
Testing conducted by Apple in May 2022 using preproduction 13-inch MacBook Pro systems with Apple M2, 8-core CPU, 10-core GPU, and 16GB of RAM. Performance measured using select industry-standard benchmarks. 10-core PC laptop chip performance data from testing Samsung Galaxy Book2 360 (NP730QED-KA1US) with Core i7-1255U and 16GB of RAM. Performance tests are conducted using specific computer systems and reflect the approximate performance of MacBook Pro.
Testing conducted by Apple in May 2022 using preproduction 13-inch MacBook Pro systems with Apple M2, 8-core CPU, 10-core GPU, and 16GB of RAM. Performance measured using select industry-standard benchmarks. 12-core PC laptop chip performance data from testing MSI Prestige 14Evo (A12M-011) with Core i7-1260P and 16GB of RAM. Performance tests are conducted using specific computer systems and reflect the approximate performance of MacBook Pro.