AppleInsider is reporting that Apple may be planning to introduce automatic switching between integrated and discrete graphics processors based on which is better suited for the job at hand (battery life vs. performance), in upcoming MacBook Pro models. Since Apple introduced the new line of MacBook Pro’s in October 2008, Apple has offered two NVIDIA […]
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Apple to Introduce Faster GPU Switching in Upcoming MacBook Pros?

AppleInsider is reporting that Apple may be planning to introduce automatic switching between integrated and discrete graphics processors based on which is better suited for the job at hand (battery life vs. performance), in upcoming MacBook Pro models.

Since Apple introduced the new line of MacBook Pro’s in October 2008, Apple has offered two NVIDIA graphics chips in their 17 and high-end 15-inch models. That is, one intergrated processor and one discrete processor. Users with these notebooks have the option to select whether they want “higher performance” or “better battery life” from the Energy Saver pane in System Preferences. To switch between the processors, one has to log out their accounts however.

This new technology appears to be based on NVIDIA’s Optimus technology, which allows for uninterrupted switching between the processors on the fly based on automatic software settings. NVIDIA supposedly developed this technology in the wake of a dispute with Intel regarding NVIDIA’s ability to build chipsets for Intel’s latest processors. In fact the dispute resulted in NVIDIA leaving the chipset business entirely. This Optimus technology allows computer manufacturers to pair NVIDIA’s GPU’s with Intel’s integrated graphics processors as part of their chipsets.

The report isn’t at all certain as to weather this technology will make it’s way to Apple’s forthcoming MacBook Pro models or if it will be delayed for a future update.

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