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Apple M4: 3 nm chip unveiled with increased CPU core count and powerful NPU

Apple's newest 3 nm chip is now official (image via Apple)
Apple's newest 3 nm chip is now official (image via Apple)
The Apple M4 SoC has been officially announced alongside the new iPad Pro. It is manufactured on TSMC's N3E node and features a 10-core CPU, 10-core GPU and a 38 TOPS NPU.

Apple stealthily dropped its fourth-generation M series SoC alongside the iPad Pro today, which is puzzling because Apple M series usually debut alongside laptops. Nevertheless, the Apple M4 is manufactured on a "second generation" 3 nm node, very likely TSMC N3E. It ups the overall core count to ten by adding two more efficiency cores (4P + 6E). This supposedly results in a 1.5x performance improvement, likely on the multi-core front. It won't be nearly as impressive on the single-core side, but it'll be a while before we know for sure.

It keeps the same 10-core GPU, which Apple claims is 4x faster than the Apple M2's GPU. Hardware-accelerated raytracing is supported, too, although one would be hard-pressed to find a mobile game that supports the feature. Apple further claims the Apple M4's GPU can deliver the M2's performance at half the power. The company's internal testing revealed it is four times more power efficient compared to the Intel Core Ultra 7 155H. However, the figure might not be nearly as impressive when it comes to raw performance.

With the recent focus on AI, Apple has also upgraded the SoC's NPU. It is rated at 38 TOPS, which is slightly lower than that of its primary Arm-based competitor, the Snapdragon X Elite. Final Cut Pro users can leverage the NPU to perform a slew of AI-driven tasks, which have been detailed further in Apple's blog post. Lastly, the Apple M4 supports all major codecs such as H.264, HEVC, and ProRes.

Apple M4 specifications (image via Apple)
Apple M4 specifications (image via Apple)

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Anil Ganti, 2024-05- 7 (Update: 2024-05- 7)