Apple launches new (M2) chips

This post is by Om Malik from On my Om

Apple is kicking off 2023 with a slew of new products — Mac Minis and MacBook Pros. Apple’s new devices are powered by two new chips, M2 Pro and M2 Max. These two chips are the next generation of Apple’s Silicon, and if the mini-keynote and the press release are any indications, they are a nice (if not a massive) step up above the M1 chips. Here are some of the highlights of these chips

  • M2 Pro has up to 12-core CPU and up to 19-core GPU, together with up to 32GB of fast unified memory. 
  • M2 Max has up to 38-core GPU, double the unified memory bandwidth, and up to 96GB of unified memory. It features 400GB/s of unified memory bandwidth, the same as the M1 Max. 

The big bumps for both the chips are in the graphics and neural engines. Both M2 and M2 Max have a 16-core Neural Engine, capable of 15.8 trillion operations per second and up to 40 percent faster than the previous generation.

  • M2 Pro has a GPU with up to 19 cores (3 more than M1 Pro) — and includes a larger L2 cache. As a result, it has graphics up to 30 percent faster than the M1 Pro. 
  • M2 Max GPU has up to 38 cores (6 more than M1 Max)  and is paired with a larger L2 cache. Graphics speeds climb up to 30 percent faster than M1 Max. 

How do they stack up against the M1 Pro and (Read more...)