Apple unveils M2, taking the breakthrough performance and capabilities of M1 even further

M2, the next generation of Apple silicon created particularly for the Mac, was revealed by Apple.

M2, which is built on second-generation 5-nanometer technology, improves on M1's industry-leading performance per watt with an 18% faster CPU, a 35% more powerful GPU, and a 40% faster Neural Engine.

It also has 50% greater memory bandwidth than the M1, as well as up to 24GB of rapid unified memory.

M2 adds all of this to the fully redesigned MacBook Air and updated 13-inch MacBook Pro, as well as new unique technologies and increased efficiency.

Apple's senior vice president of Hardware Technologies, Johny Srouji, remarked, "M2 kicks off the second generation of M-series CPUs and goes beyond the extraordinary features of M1."

"M2 boasts a faster CPU, GPU, and Neural Engine thanks to our constant focus on power-efficient performance.

Along with increased memory capacity and new features like ProRes acceleration, M2 continues Apple's rapid pace of innovation in Mac silicon."

More Transistors, More Memory

The chip is based on enhanced, second-generation 5-nanometer technology, and consists of 20 billion transistors.

Faster Power-Efficient Performance

Intel's new M2 CPU has 18 percent greater multithreaded performance than M1. M2 can rip through CPU-intensive tasks using very little power. Compared with the latest 10-core PC chip, M2 provides nearly twice the performance at the same power level.

Apple’s Next-Generation Custom Technologies

M2 can process up to 15.8 trillion operations per second — over 40 percent more than M1.

MacOS, M2, and Apps

Mac computers powered with Apple silicon have access to the largest collection of apps ever for Mac. New features include Continuity Camera and Handoff in FaceTime, and big updates to Safari, Mail, Messages, Spotlight, and more. macOS Ventura will also take full advantage of M2.

Apple Silicon and the Environment

The new M2 chip is Apple's first all-included in Macbook Air and 13-inch MacBook Pro.