The unified memory now touches the 24GB mark, up from the 16GB memory maximum hit by the M1 chip. The memory bandwidth on Apple’s second-gen M-series silicon peaks at 100GB/s, which is 50% higher than its predecessor. The upgraded Neural Engine is also touted to hit the 15.8 trillion operations per second mark, allowing it to perform 40% more operations than the M1.
Apple has also upgraded the M2’s media engine to feature ProRes encoding/decoding capabilities, allowing users to playback multiple 4K and 8K video streams simultaneously. Apple also gave a demo of gaming on the Mac, with the likes of “Resident Evil Village” coming to the Apple computers powered by the M2 silicon and its predecessor’s variants.
The company hasn’t shared any details about the M2 SKUs just yet. However, Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman recently speculated that the M2, just like the M1 before, will spawn its own series of powerful CPUs that will include Pro, Max, and Ultra variants. An M2 Extreme is also said to be in the pipeline and it will reportedly cram as many as 48 CPU cores and up to 128 GPU cores on the board.