Apple began delivery Mac computer systems with its M1 chip in 2020, marking the beginning of Apple’s migration away from Intel chips. Now the corporate has revealed the aptly-named sequel, the Apple M2.
The M2 is a direct alternative for the unique M1, not the extra highly effective chips Apple launched afterwards (just like the M1 Max and M1 Extremely). It makes use of a 5-nanometer design, with 20 billion transistors and 100GB/s of unified reminiscence bandwidth. That’s a 50% improve in bandwidth in comparison with the unique M1, which ought to enhance every part from managing Chrome tabs to rendering 3D graphics.
Apple is sticking to the identical 8-core CPU design with the M2, with 4 high-performance cores and 4 “high-efficiency” cores. Similar to most ARM-based chips, the M2 is designed to run extra demanding purposes and video games on the high-performance cores, and every part else on the cores designed for larger energy effectivity.
Apple says the Intel Core i7-1260P processor requires 4x the ability than M2 with the identical workloads — it’s in all probability a good suggestion to attend for unbiased benchmarks, although.
Maybe unsurprisingly, all of the CPU and GPU cores are quicker than their M1 equivalents. When working on the identical energy stage because the M1’s GPU, the M2 GPU is 25% quicker. Apple stated the main target remains to be on power-efficiency, although — energy customers would possibly need to look forward to a Max or Extremely model of the M2.
The Apple M2 will ship within the upcoming MacBook Air and MacBook Professional. If historical past is something to go by, the M2 will possible additionally seem in future iPad Air and iPad Professional fashions.