Apple Might Once Again Use Nvidia GPUs in Macs

Apple and the graphics giant Nvidia have had something of a rocky relationship, with the Cupertino company switching between Nvidia’s and AMD’s graphics chips for Mac desktops. Most of the Macs currently shipping use either integrated graphics from Intel or discreet AMD chips, but that could change in the coming years.

The three job listings from Nvidia point towards an applicant that will help “produce the next revolutionary Apple products.” As a part of the job, selected applicants will work “in partnership with Apple” and work on defining and shaping the future of graphics-related software on Macs.

Despite Apple sticking with AMD GPUs in its Mac lineup, Nvidia has been the clear market leader not only in terms of sales but also in terms of technological innovation in GPUs.

Apple is expected to use AMD’s new Polaris GPUs in its upcoming MacBook Pro refresh. However, Nvidia’s Pascal architecture based GPUs offer better performance while consuming lesser power and dissipating less heat than AMD’s Polaris GPUs, which makes them ideal for use in MacBook and other Macs from Apple.

Gurman writes:
There are three current job listings on Nvidia’s database referencing Apple, with the latest one appearing last week. All three job listings for the Santa Clara, California-based company cite software development for the Mac, while one specifies an Nvidia Mac graphics driver team, pointing to the potential of Nvidia chipsets returning to the Apple computers. Nvidia and Apple both declined to comment.
While discreet Nvidia chips are unlikely to end up in future Mac notebooks due to space constraints, it would make sense to use them in a future Mac Pro model, higher-end iMacs and it could also make a nice fit for a next-generation 5K Thunderbolt Display with integrated graphics that the rumor-mill thought Apple was building at some point.

Nvidia’s latest Pascal-based Tesla P4 and P40 GPUs feature improved performance and response time and can detect and sense images, texts and voices. These GPUs will begin shipping next month.



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