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[Apple Insider] Nvidia working with Apple on graphics for 'revolutionary' new Mac products

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Though Apple's current Mac lineup relies on AMD graphics, a switch to Nvidia could be in the works for the MacBook Pro and beyond, if new job listings from the GPU maker is any indication

http://appleinsider.com/articles/16/09/26/nvidia-working-with-apple-on-graphics-for-revolutionary-new-mac-products
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A series of new available positions advertised by Nvidia seek software engineers for the company's Mac graphics drivers team. Qualified applicants should have experience with Apple's Metal cross-platform application programming interface, featured on new Macs as well as iOS devices.

The job listings, which were first discovered by Bloomberg, boast that hires will "help produce the next revolutionary Apple products," working in partnership with the company.
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Why? Why not just use an off the shelf GPU?
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Originally Posted by MDalton10 View Post

Why? Why not just use an off the shelf GPU?

They are hiring people to make drivers.
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I thought the new macbooks where going to have AMD Apus.
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Might very well be a design win for Nvidia.

They do offer better mobile graphics at the moment in terms of perf/watt.

Apple switched to Intel from PowerPC because of power concerns so this might be for the very same reason.
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On the plus side I bet this means an easier time to run hackintosh's with nvidia graphics.
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I thought the new macbooks where going to have AMD Apus.

There was no information about it at all. And I doubt apple will use AMD's current APUs, when the macbook pros are using i5 and i7, and AMD has nothing to rival that atm on the laptop side. Maybe when zen comes out, which means, not any time soon with planned end of 2016 new MacBooks.
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Why? Why not just use an off the shelf GPU?

The new mac pro can't fit anything off the shelf. The macs and MacBooks are also specifically designed and won't be able to fit an off the shelf GPU.
Apple has been known for years now for demanding custom GPUs for they systems, and I think it will stay the same. The chip itself might be off the shelf, but not what is around it.
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On the plus side I bet this means an easier time to run hackintosh's with nvidia graphics.

Yup. And it is a bit weird tbh.
While AMD have been providing the latest GPUs to mac, they don't supply actual drivers which allow using on hackintosh, while nvidia have been releasing updated drivers even for the latest OSX pretty quickly.
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post #8 of 21

I expect that this isn't for new design wins, but rather external graphics cards inside a Thunderbolt 3.0 enclosure. Apple's been looking for another reason to sell people expensive Thunderbolt additions lately, and having NVIDIA GPUs work with the Metal API, especially if they're externally housed, would be a plus for NVIDIA. 

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I expect that this isn't for new design wins, but rather external graphics cards inside a Thunderbolt 3.0 enclosure. Apple's been looking for another reason to sell people expensive Thunderbolt additions lately, and having NVIDIA GPUs work with the Metal API, especially if they're externally housed, would be a plus for NVIDIA. 

Let's be real, it is a win for all parties. Apple and Nvidia get profits, people crazy enough to buy a $2000 Mac compliant 1080 can brag, and the hack community gets drivers to savage!

Edit: We also get new talking points about corporate pillaging of consumers!
    
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Let's be real, it is a win for all parties. Apple and Nvidia get profits, people crazy enough to buy a $2000 Mac compliant 1080 can brag, and the hack community gets drivers to savage!

Edit: We also get new talking points about corporate pillaging of consumers!

You can already put a 1080 into a hackintosh, but it will not boot without using the iGPU as primary. But the OSX itself already support the gtx 1080.
Some people have also run a gtx 1080 as eGPU without much issues. You don't need a "mac compliant" thingy. Most likely if apple actually put something like that, it will be duplicated by third party vendors. I also doubt something like that will cost more than a mac.
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