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Over two years have passed since the first Apple silicon-powered Macs hit the market. You’ll find the latest chip, dubbed M2, in the 13-inch MacBook Pro and MacBook Air as well as the Mac Mini. As we’ve come to expect by now, it delivers great performance and battery life without the thermal issues we’ve seen from Intel-based Macs in the past. But how does the latest M2 stack up vs the M1, Apple’s previous-gen Mac chip? Let’s break it down.

Apple M1 vs M2: Specs

  Apple M1 Apple M2
CPU Cores 8 cores 8 cores
GPU Cores 8 Default 8, configurable with 10
Transistor count 16 billion 20 billion
RAM capacity Up to 16GB Up to 24GB
Memory bandwidth 68.25GB/s 100GB/s

Apple M1 vs M2: CPU performance

Apple M2 chip