Now Apple has revealed the details of the second generation of Apple silicon. We’ve gathered all the news about what to expect from Apple’s M2 system on chip and all its variants, including the first Macs to feature them. Apple has confirmed that the first M2 chips will ship with the MacBook Air and 13in MacBook Pro in July 2022. As with the M1-series, the M2 will, like the M1, be aimed at consumers rather than professionals. Its focus is on energy efficiency as well as general performance enhancements over the M1 it will replace.
Apple’s M2 processor will be available in July 2022, and here’s the latest information on what it could have to offer Macs. What to anticipate from the M2 Pro, M2 Max, and M3 are also discussed. Beginning with the debut of the M1 CPU in the MacBook Air, 13-inch MacBook Pro, Mac mini, and 24-inch iMac in 2020, Apple began employing its own desktop processors in its Macs. The M1 Max and M1 Pro, which debuted in the 14-inch MacBook Pro and 16-inch MacBook Pro in October 2021, and the M1 Ultra, which came with the new Mac Studio in March 2022, are the higher-end variants since then.
While the manufacturing process will remain at 5 nanometers, the M2 uses the second-generation 5-nanometer technology, as expected. TSMC’s next generation N4P process, is an enhanced version of the 5 nanometer process and is supposed to deliver about 11 percentage points more performance and almost 22 percentage points more efficiency compared to the conventional 5 nanometer process (used for the production of A15 and M1, M1 Pro and Max). Apple makes claims that seem to meet these expectations.
The N4P process, mentioned above, allows for a greater transistor density, which could allow individual cores to be clocked a little faster than in the M1. There are 25 percent more transistors than in the M1, which allow for improvements to the memory controller and memory bandwidth. As with the M1, the CPU cores are split into high performance and high efficiency variants. The faster performance cores are paired with a larger cache, while the efficiency cores see even greater performance gains, according to Apple. Apple claims: “Compared with the latest 10-core PC laptop chip, the CPU in M2 provides nearly twice the performance at the same power level.”
According to Apple the M2 offers: “an 18 percent faster CPU, a 35 percent more powerful GPU, and a 40 percent faster Neural Engine.” There is also 50 percent more memory bandwidth compared to M1, and up to 24GB of fast unified memory, which will please many who felt limited by the 16GB cut off offered by the M1. We had seen reports that Apple will keep the same 8 CPU cores as on the M1 and this is the case, however, the improvements offered by the M2 should mean that the new Macs are much more powerful and energy efficient than the predecessor.
According to Digitimes, the first products using the 3nm processor will be released in the first quarter of 2023 with production starting at the end of 2022. Qualcomm, Samsung and Intel are all set to use the 3nm process. The M3 chip is likely to bring a significant increase in performance compared to the M1 chips, with the high-end chips being built with two boards and offering up to 40 CPU cores. Note: When you purchase something after clicking links in our articles, we may earn a small commission. Read our affiliate link policy for more details.