M2 vs. M1 vs. M1 Pro vs. M1 Max vs. M1 Ultra

Apple M2 2022

During its last keynote, Apple presented two new computers: MacBook Air M2 and MacBook Pro M2. As their names suggest, these two devices are powered by the M2 chip, designed by the Apple brand. It succeeds the M1, which arrived on the same models a little earlier and less efficient by 40% according to the manufacturer’s information.

But then, in real conditions, what does it look like? This is the question that the magazine asked itself macworldwho compared the new component with its predecessor but also with the M1 Pro, M1 Max and M1 Ultra which are faster versions of it. The figures we obtained also mention the processors of the iPhones, which are more compact but some of which still run iPads.

Results to better classify them

Unsurprisingly, a benchmark made with the app Geekbench 5 shows that the M2 chip does better than the M1 chip with the best multi-core performance, with 8,908 against 7,708 points. The seven-core GPU version of the M1 is just behind, with 7,454 points while the one that powers the most recent iPad Pro scores 7,285. Then it’s the iPhone processors that bring up the rear.

At the top of the podium is the M1 Ultra and its winning sixty-four-core GPU with 23,369 points, tied with the M1 Ultra which is “content” with forty-eight hearts for graphics. Next are the scores for the M1 Max and the M1 Pro. Statistics which, in short, confirm the positioning of each chip in the Apple silicon range which is about to welcome newcomers.

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Which chip for which use?

If you’re looking for a portable Mac that’s powerful in all circumstances, these are the 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro you need. These are indeed the only ones offering the M1 Pro and M1 Max chips. The M1 Ultra, for its part, is offered in the Mac Studio only for now. It is however a central unit, to which you will have to connect a screen.

If you are more office, photo editing or streaming, it is the choice of the M1 or M2 on MacBook Air that should be suitable.

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