Nov 24, 2019

Nvidia Hint Its Long-Standing Relationship With Apple Is About To End

Apple's long-standing relationship with Nvidia may be ending shortly, as the latter in a recent release note indicates that the new CUDA 10.2 is the last version that supports applications that develop and run CUDA on macOS. "CUDA 10.2 (Toolkit and NVIDIA driver) is the last release to support macOS for developing and running CUDA application," wrote Nvidia.


This implies that future CUDA drivers will no longer support Apple machines.

But why? You may ask.

In order to answer this question, we must first know literally what CUDA is. In essence, CUDA is a unique N card computing platform, enabling the system to make better use of the features of the N card to maximize capabilities. For example, it can offer Adobe Premiere and After Effects better execution and, of course, more importantly, the overall gaming performance.

As for why the two companies' relationships are over, well, it's a long story...

Basically, this is what happened: more than a decade ago, Apple and Nvidia lost a bunch of money due to a series of failed GPUs in the MacBook Pro series. Despite Nvidia's popularity and generally better performance, it has gone so terribly that Apple has relied on AMD's GPUs. That's why when Nvidia's powerful and popular GPUs are available out there, however, Apple's MacBook Pro lineup continued to use the less powerful AMD GPUs.

With the announcement from Nvidia, Apple devices will now be much less attractive to some high-end developers and animation professionals. As they are the only company that advances GPU hardware capable of hardware-accelerated ray tracing, a welcome tool for animators and developers to use.

Providentially though, on the new MacBook Pro 16-inch, the freshest AMD 7nm graphics card is utterly outstanding. Also, the performance of AMD in the past two years is quite eye-catching.

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