Apple readying dedicated API for writing device drivers??

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  1. dgarratt macrumors member

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  4. jeanlain macrumors 65816

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    because...?
     
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    The issue between Apple and Nvidia doesn’t appear to be a technical issue, but rather a political issue. The ease or difficulty in providing driver support has never been something that prevented Nvidia GPU’s from Apple compatibility in the past, and probably isn’t now either.
     
  6. bsbeamer macrumors 68020

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    Any further speculation about NVIDIA's future compatibility on macOS is entirely useless. Wait for the 7,1 and maybe there will be answers or further clarity for those holding out hope. NVIDIA continues to update current/existing Web Drivers for all OS versions through High Sierra. If/when/until drivers become available for Mojave or future OS versions, NVIDIA GPUs on Mac are on life support.

    No GPUs past 10XX series/Pascal work with High Sierra (and good luck finding them as brand new retail these days). Volta was briefly supported and pulled. CUDA on Mac is nearly dead. No eGPU support for NVIDIA GPUs. Holding onto old OS versions for something like this is not sustainable long-term. Move to AMD and Apple's recommended GPUs on macOS or move on. If you want/need to be using NVIDIA GPUs on macOS, stay with High Sierra and Pascal or older. If want/need to use newer, switch to Windows or AMD.

    Today's release of RED CINE-X Pro with updates for Windows ONLY with NVIDIA GPUs further proves the issue with NVIDIA (and CUDA) on Mac going forward. Software that relies on CUDA is basically dead on Mac going forward. They need to embrace Metal on macOS or leave Apple/macOS entirely.
     
  7. T'hain Esh Kelch macrumors 601

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    Apple being Apple, I assume.
     
  8. Jyby macrumors 6502

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    I think it comes down to the same reason 90% of third parties go to AMD for graphics... Support support support. AMD is probably super open compared to Nvidia... Nvidia did fudge facts with Apple on the MacBook with the 320m in the past.

    Apple prefers to work like a startup... And successful startups I'm aware of choose technology to fit the needs of the business. Successful startups don't keep tons of different technologies in their products just because its cool. Hard to hire for all technologies, hard to support. Which is why you see Apple using popular tech like React these days for web.

    Also AMD isn't that bad these days for what you end up getting. I'm sure gamers want more... But cloud computing is going to be sufficient for many people in the next 2-3 years anyways.
     

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