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M2 MacBook Air smokes the M1 in leaked benchmark tests

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Apple Wwdc22 M2 Chip Hero 220606 Big.jpg.large 2x (Image credit: Apple)

What you need to know

  • Geekbench tests have leaked for the new M2 MacBook Air.
  • According to the tests, single-core performance is up by almost twelve percent.
  • Multi-core performance is up almost twenty percent.

Apple made some bold promises with the M2 processor when it revealed the next-generation processor at WWDC earlier this month, and it appears those promises are shaping up.

One of the things people are also waiting for when a new processor is coming close to release is benchmark scores. They typically leak before the processor is actually in the hands of the public, and today is no exception. Spotted by Vadim Yuryev, known for his Max Tech YouTube channel, Geekbench scores for the new MacBook Air with the M2 processor have leaked, giving us a first look at how the next generation processor performs.

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Macbook Air M2 Hands On Keyboard Wwdc (Image credit: Gerald Lynch / iMore)

According to the report, single-core performance with the M2 chip is up by almost twelve percent when compared to the M1. Things get even better with multi-core performance as the M2 achieves almost twenty percent more performance than its predecessor.

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Those performance metrics line up with what Apple promised from its new processor at WWDC earlier this month. However, the final review will always occur once the new MacBook Air gets into the hands of users.

The new MacBook Air is expected to launch in July, but we are still waiting to hear from Apple as to when you'll be able to preorder the upcoming notebook. Regardless of when that happens to be, we're only a month away!

Joe Wituschek
Joe Wituschek

Joe Wituschek is a Contributor at iMore. With over ten years in the technology industry, one of them being at Apple, Joe now covers the company for the website. In addition to covering breaking news, Joe also writes editorials and reviews for a range of products. He fell in love with Apple products when he got an iPod nano for Christmas almost twenty years ago. Despite being considered a "heavy" user, he has always preferred the consumer-focused products like the MacBook Air, iPad mini, and iPhone 13 mini. He will fight to the death to keep a mini iPhone in the lineup. In his free time, Joe enjoys video games, movies, photography, running, and basically everything outdoors.

1 Comment
  • What we don't know is; how does the battery life compare? Apple gives a number, like everyone else, that is hard to take too literally. If the claimed battery life of the M2 MBA is identical to the claimed battery life of the M1 MBA.....I mean, that's great, if it really turns out to be that way. As Apple rightly says, it's all about performance at a given power draw, especially for an ultra-portable like the Air.