Apple M4 chip

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Apple officially announced its latest silicon, the Apple M4, at its May ‘Let Loose’ event, the first time the company has announced a new chip in a tablet without first bringing it to its Mac desktops and laptops.

We’ve got a good bit of detail on the Apple M4 thanks to the announcement as well as what to expect from the new chip and when we can expect it to make its way to the rest of the Apple ecosystem.

So, lets dig into this exciting piece of hardware and talk about everything that Apple has revealed so far.

Apple M4: Cut to the chase

  • What is it? Apple’s next generation of in-house silicon
  • How much does it cost? It won’t sell on its own, but will instead be installed in various Apple devices
  • When can I get it? Announced on May 7, 2024

Apple M4: Latest news

Apple M4: Release date

Apple M4 chip announcement

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The Apple M4 chip was announced at the May 7, 2024, ‘Let Loose’ iPad event, and it will be available starting the week of May 13, 2024.

Apple M4: Specs & performance

The Apple M4 is built on TSMC’s 3nm process node, the same as the Apple M3, though Apple does refer to it as ‘second-generation’. It features a 10-core CPU and 10-core GPU, up from the 8-core CPU and 8-core GPU of the base M3 chip, and supports up to 38 trillion operations per second in its neural engine (Apple’s version of an NPU). It contains 28 billion transistors, up from 25 billion in the M3, and can support up to 128GB of unified memory.

Like the M3, the Apple M4 also has support for hardware-accelerated ray tracing, dynamic caching, and mesh shading.

In terms of performance, we won’t know for sure until we test it ourselves, but Apple says that the CPU performance is a 50% increase over the Apple M2 and its GPU performance is up to 400% faster than the M2’s GPU. Apple has also claimed that, at least in the iPad Pro, you’ll be able to get M3-levels of performance for far less power draw.

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