Apple’s M2 in latest iPad Pro models is reportedly slower than M2s in new MacBook Pro/Air

Apple may be using its custom hardware at a lower level of performance in its premium tablets, even though the company uses the same M2 processor in its new MacBook Pro, redesigned MacBook Air, and updated iPad Pro models. Wccftech discovered these differences in the marketing materials provided by the company.

There is a 3% performance difference between the M2 in the most recent iPad Pro models and the MacBook Pro and MacBook Air,
In its news announcement, Apple provides the following description of what the M2 looks like when it functions as one of the company’s families of portable Macs.

“The new CPU features faster performance cores combined with a larger cache, while the efficiency cores have been significantly improved for even greater performance gains. Together they deliver 18 percent better multithreaded performance than M1, so M2 can handle CPU-intensive tasks with very little power, such as creating music with layers of effects or applying complex filters to photos.”

In the press announcement for the iPad Pro, Apple specifies the same M2 processor, but with different performance differences compared to the M1. It is important to remember that the M2 was compared to the M1 in both cases.

“M2 has an 8-core CPU — up to 15 percent faster than M1 — with improvements in both performance and efficiency cores, and a 10-core GPU, delivering up to 35 percent faster graphics performance for the most demanding users.”

According to the data, the M2 in the latest iPad Pro is 3 percent slower, but that’s only in terms of processing speed. While we can see why Apple would run the CPU at a lower frequency, both press releases claim that the 10-core GPU offers up to 35% more graphics performance than the M1. Despite being tested on the most up-to-date MacBook Air, the machine was found to be very throttling, losing about 25% in performance in multi-core testing compared to the MacBook Pro.

The absence of an active cooling solution was to blame; when in use, the MacBook Pro’s fan can significantly lower the M2’s operating temperature. Despite the M2 having more cooling space inside the notebook, the thermal throttling persisted even after the MacBook Air’s overheating issues were resolved with relatively simple modding. Because Apple’s most recent tablets are thinner, the company will have even less leeway when it comes to cooling the processor, which probably explains why different performance stats have been given for the same silicon.

With the iPad Pro’s M2 processor running up to 15% faster than the M1, we’ll have to wait and see how far those performance stats drop in ongoing load testing when the first benchmarks are released. We can only hope that the SoC doesn’t pinch off too much. Aside from that, the M2 has the same memory bandwidth and Neural Engine operations as all other devices; so Apple has not disclosed any changes to its press release.

Via Wccftech

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