Apple launches new M2 and MacBook Air processors
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Apple announced the new M2 processor and MacBook Air today with 18% faster CPU performance and 35% faster GPU performance.
The new Arm-based processor has 20 billion transistors, or 20% more than the previous M1 processor. It has a memory controller with 100 GB/S, or 50% more than the M1.
It comes with four high-performance cores and four efficient cores. It has 18% better performance than M1. It also has 1.9 times the performance of a 10-core “PC laptop chip” that uses 1/4 of the power.
Compared to a 12-core PC laptop chip, it has 87% performance while using a quarter of the power. It also has a new GPU with 35% more performance than the M1 and a neural engine with 40% better operations per second than the M1. It has a new multimedia engine for 8K H.264 video and it can handle multiple 8K and 4K video streams.
The new MacBook Air is 11.3 mm thick, which is less than half an inch. It has MagSafe charging and has a few Thunderbolt ports. It has a 13.6-inch diagonal liquid retina display. It has 500 NITS, or 25% brighter than before.
It has a 1080p camera with twice the resolution and low light capabilities of the previous model. Speaker and mic are integrated in the keyboard and monitor. It has a four-speaker sound system and supports Dolby Atmos spatial sound.
And it has a pressure-sensitive trackpad. Photoshop runs 20% faster than before when running image filters. Final Cut Pro can run 38% faster. It’s a silent and fanless design and has 18 hours of battery life for video playback.
The M2 is also coming to a 13-inch MacBook Pro laptop for $1,300.
Apple announced the news at its Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) online event today.
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