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

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    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.

    Article Link: Apple Quietly Announces AMD Radeon Pro Vega Graphics Options Coming to MacBook Pro
  2. Orien macrumors regular


    Mar 4, 2010
    San Francisco
  3. dan9700 macrumors 68020


    May 28, 2015
  4. spshulem macrumors newbie


    Jun 15, 2015
    Seriously... just got the new i9 because it JUST came out... this is so ******.
  5. e1me5 macrumors regular


    Jun 11, 2013
    Gave them 5000€ to give me a middle finger 5 weeks later.
  6. AnonMac50 macrumors 65816

    Mar 24, 2010
    Wish that option was available earlier...better late than never I guess:D

    At least people who haven’t bought it yet now have the option.
  7. bsbeamer macrumors 65816

    Sep 19, 2012
    Thanks for better GPU options, but we need an update on the MacPro7,1...
  8. dannys1 macrumors 68020


    Sep 19, 2007
    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)
  9. Jaro65 macrumors 68040


    Mar 27, 2009
    Seattle, WA
    Darn. Just got a 2018 MBP 15 a month ago. Would have definitely opted for Vega graphics. Great update for MBP though.
  10. lunarworks macrumors 65816

    Jun 17, 2003
    Toronto, Canada
    Apple's generally been ignoring anniversaries ever since the 20th Anniversary Mac fiasco. Steve Jobs didn't want to dwell on the past anymore, and they've continued with that idea.
  11. rumormiller macrumors newbie

    Aug 27, 2017
    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!
  12. aaronhead14 macrumors 6502a


    Mar 9, 2009
    Nice! Now time for Apple to end their feud with NVIDIA.
  13. DusanM macrumors newbie


    Feb 18, 2018
    Finally decent gpus. This is the update I wanted. Hopefully the vega upgrade isn't too expensive of an upgrade
  14. themacobserver macrumors newbie


    Nov 17, 2016
    It's Apple you are dealing with. You should have known better.
  15. 4jasontv macrumors 65816

    Jul 31, 2011
    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?”
  16. FairlyKors macrumors member


    Jun 21, 2018
    Staines, East London

    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 )
  17. e1me5 macrumors regular


    Jun 11, 2013
    Nah, I believe it is the first time they add extra BTO options on a current product in such a short time. So no chance I knew that.
  18. Dwalls90 macrumors 601


    Feb 5, 2009
    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?
  19. kemal macrumors 65816


    Dec 21, 2001
    Well, we know the CPU can throttle down to 800MHz when needed.
  20. nitropowered macrumors regular

    Aug 25, 2003
  21. spshulem macrumors newbie


    Jun 15, 2015
    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.
  22. MasterStormcrow, Oct 30, 2018
    Last edited: Oct 30, 2018

    MasterStormcrow macrumors newbie


    Aug 17, 2018
    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.
  23. NinjaHERO macrumors 6502a


    Aug 29, 2008
    U S of A
    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.
  24. RumorConsumer macrumors 6502a


    Jun 16, 2016
    WOW. This Macbook Pro line is a hot potato in many ways! Surprises around every corner!
  25. spshulem macrumors newbie


    Jun 15, 2015
    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.

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