Apple Quietly Announces AMD Radeon Pro Vega Graphics Options Coming to MacBook Pro

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During today's New York event where a new space gray Mac mini, a Retina MacBook Air and redesigned iPad Pros took center stage, Apple also quietly announced new graphics options for the MacBook Pro coming next month.


Tucked away in a press release, Apple revealed it is bringing AMD Radeon Pro Vega graphics to MacBook Pro for the first time. The company says these new graphic options deliver up to 60 percent faster graphics performance for the most demanding video editing, 3D design and rendering workloads.

The new configurations are set to be custom-order only from Apple's online and retail stores, with availability at Apple Authorized Resellers also expected, from Wednesday, November 14. Apple has yet to release pricing details.

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rumormiller

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Seriously... just got the new i9 because it JUST came out... this is so ******.
Go into an Apple Store if you've only recently bought it and see what they offer. They have a lot of discretionary powers to keep customers happy. As an example, my iMac failed with a dodgy display sensor over a month after my extended AppleCare expired so I took it into my Apple Store and was told it would cost £900 to replace the display and logic board. I wasn't expecting them to offer a free repair but they did as the cover had only recently expired. So do try your luck!
 

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Go into an Apple Store if you've only recently bought it and see what they offer. They have a lot of discretionary powers to keep customers happy. As an example, my iMac failed with a dodgy display sensor over a month after my extended AppleCare expired so I took it into my Apple Store and was told it would cost £900 to replace the display and logic board. I wasn't expecting them to offer a free repair but they did as the cover had only recently expired. So do try your luck!
Also note that the suggestion was to see what they offer and not “complain”. I’ve had a lot of luck saying “this is my situation..., but I wish it was more like this... what do you think?”
 

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You update the specs as soon as you can and on a regular basis and people complain.

You don't update very often and people complain.


They literally can't win or please all the people (or really anyone on this forum)

That’s not entire true, actually. If this GPU option is going to be as pricey as it sounds, it would’ve been entire possible for Apple to state when the new MacBook Pros launched, that for those who have a need for “specialized advanced graphics” a “custom” version of the MacBook Pro 15 with i9 processor will be available in X months, priced at around ($4K to $5K or whatever).

Almost everyone buying a MBP would know instantly that a $4K to $5K MBP isn’t for them, new GPU or not.

I’m surprised Apple is doing this update. They just released the external GPU with Blackmagic Design, so it’s not as if demanding MBP users lack any access to a high-end GPUs. The backlash I imagine from this doesn’t appear worth the upside (whatever that is... I can’t figure it out). Also, I think Intel’s 9th gen mobile CPU’s are out, or are really close, so why not wait until then and upgrade the MBP across the board?

(Maybe Apple is secretly trying to get its users pissed off at Intel somehow, with their screwy, delayed “micro releases,” thus making the transition to their custom TSMC ARM processors easier... IDK, I’ve been up for over 24hrs now. XD )
 
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Dwalls90

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Can anyone confirm that these Vega GPU's are really workstation type GPU's and won't really increase performance for gaming as compared to the RX 560?
 

spshulem

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You update the specs as soon as you can and on a regular basis and people complain.

You don't update very often and people complain.

They literally can't win or please all the people (or really anyone on this forum)
It depends if this is an upgrade option on-top of the 560x or if this is in replacement for the same price. It isn't that they updated it, but the Vega 56 is years old, and they definitely had this technology a few months ago when they refreshed the MBPs. To update the MBP just a few months ago, and then update it again a few months later and get more bang for your buck is what's upsetting.

Again, if this is a MORE expensive option over what currently exists, that's fine... I wouldn't spend more money than I did on this MBP, but if it's the same price, few months later, with a 60% graphics improvement... that's just wrong man. They should wait at least 6 months... I can't remember them ever releasing 2 hardware updates in a single year, let alone one with a 60% speed bump so close to one another.
 

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Just ordered a 15inch refurb today. Super excited about getting it. I wonder if this will be an upgrade option down the line for a preexisting machine. Of course, I also wonder how much it is gonna cost. Sounds nice to have, but probably not something I actually need.
 

spshulem

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I just contacted sales customer service supervisor level and....... they approved a 1 time 90 day return exception. :) SOOO HAPPY

Apple has the best customer service. bar none.
I'll try this if this is a same bug for same price option. If the Vega 56 is more expensive than the 560x option and they still sell the 560x option, then I don't think it's worth it.