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Apple M2 Chip Brings Healthy Upgrades Over Its Predecessor

by Aiman MaulanaJune 8, 2022
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New Apple M2 Chip

Apple M2 Chip Brings Healthy Upgrades Over Its Predecessor

The Apple M2 chip has officially been unveiled at WWDC 2022, and as the name might have implied, it is the successor to the custom ARM-based computer chip launched in November 2020, the Apple M1.

Created on a second generation 5nm process, it will be powering the new MacBook Air and 13″ MacBook Pro. It has an 8-core CPU which is said to be 18% improved performance over its predecessor thanks to a larger cache and the efficiency cores having “greater performance gains”.

Apple M2 Chip Brings Healthy Upgrades Over Its Predecessor

In comparison, it boasts “nearly twice the performance at same power level” compared to the Intel Core i7-1255U. Compared to the Intel Core i7-1260P on the other hand, it is said to provide “nearly 90% of the peak performance” with just a quarter of the power consumption.

As for the GPU cores on the other hand, it’s slightly more efficient than its predecessor with 25% better performance, especially given it has 10 cores over the predecessor’s 8-core setup with the same power consumption. With more power, it’s said to jump up to 35% improved performance.

Moving on to the 16-core neural engine, it is 40% faster than the M1, capable of processing up to 15.8 trillion operations per second. You also get 50% more memory bandwidth at 100GB/s, and it supports up to 24GB LPDDR5 RAM. The Apple M2 chip has over 20 billion transistors and supports 6K external displays, ProRes encode / decode, 8K H.264, and HEVC video.

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Pokdepinion: I’m personally curious to see how well it truly performs, but I’m also wondering if the M1 might end up powering a future iPhone device instead since it can power an iPad Pro.

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Aiman Maulana
Jack of all trades, master of none, but oftentimes better than a master of one. YouTuber, video editor, tech head, and a wizard of gaming. What's up? :)