Nvidia to Support Pascal Drivers for MacOS
In an odd move, Nvidia has announced that it will be adding MacOS drivers for GPUs using their Pascal architecture, despite Apple not bringing out a device that supports such a card in over five years. Though the company’s reasons for doing so can only be speculated on, it’s likely that Nvidia is trying to once again break into the Mac market in the hopes of big returns in the future.
Right now, almost all MacBooks run on integrated GPUs which defy all upgrades, though the 2014 MacBook Pro did have an Nvidia Kepler GPU handling the graphical end of things. The only Apple-approved machines capable of fitting any modern Nvidia card were the Westmere towers of yesteryear, which incidentally are also the last desktop devices Apply put on the market. It is therefore unlikely that Nvidia is targeting current users of official Apple hardware.
Unofficially, however, there are plenty of people using some form of Hackintosh, which could be potential customers for Nvidia. Such power users could likely accommodate a more powerful GPU if given the drivers by running such a card externally. Some users have managed to get Thunderbolt to run on such jury-rigged Apple machines, so there’s no reason to believe they couldn’t connect a graphics card, as well.
It could very well be that Nvidia’s thinking behind this announcement is simply trying to get a grassroots movement going to pressure Apple into supporting third-party GPUs. After all, why should only people willing to hack their MacBooks into oblivion be able to play with new toys? How the Cupertino-based firm will react to this news remains to be seen, though it’s likely they may not react at all: the company is famously leery of outside influence and there’s no reason to think it will be different this time around.
Fergus has been tinkering with computers since he was a kid and likes to put a stop to parties by listing the specs of all the digital devices in the room. It's best not to let him near your computer since he'll take it apart and may not put it back together again before he leaves.