Is Metal 2 only supported on A11 devices?

Discussion in 'iOS 11' started by Gyroworld, Oct 2, 2017.

  1. Gyroworld macrumors member

    Apr 19, 2016
    I can't seem to find a definitive answer online
  2. iSayBoourns Suspended


    Sep 15, 2017
    It might include A10/A10X as well. Since it was announced at the iOS 11 keynote and not the iPhone 8/10 keynote.

    At least that’s how I would assume. Because it’s an iOS 11 (and macOS High Sierra) feature and wasn’t touted as a iPhone 8/10 feature.
  3. dreadlord macrumors regular


    Sep 15, 2016
    I don't think it is hardware dependent since they didn't mention any restrictions for feature. But at least it must support A10 as told in the comment #2.
  4. Sharkoneau macrumors 6502a


    Jan 13, 2017
    Seems to be optimized and engineered primarily for the A11 chip, per Apple's developer documentation. You'll be hard pressed to find any references to earlier chipsets. Most improvements appear to designed for the new architecture (memory handling, rendering, GPU interactions).

    Here is a small excerpt of what I read. While I can't entirely decipher it, maybe you can:

    To be fair on @iSayBoourns post, my machine (a 2011 MBP) currently runs High Sierra, but lacks the hardware support for even Metal - let alone Metal 2. Perhaps they didn't expand upon chip compatibility because that compatibility is so limited.
  5. GreyOS macrumors 68040


    Apr 12, 2012
    No, based on it being announced at WWDC as the above poster mentioned, but also because it's supported on macOS and macs don't have A11s. The A11 does have additional Metal 2 APIs though.
  6. Gmouse macrumors regular

    Nov 12, 2014
    Lakewood, CO
    Is there a way to tell or test (I have the 7+)?

    On my late 2014 iMac 5K with High Sierra, while I read that model wouldn't support Metal 2, in the MacOS software report I see:

    Metal: Supported, feature set OSX_GPUFamily1 v2

    Assume that means the Metal 2 features are fully working with my graphics card (AMD Radeon R9 M295X)?


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