Intel’s future lies in discrete graphics cards, and Apple is watching

Un viaje hacia los Mac del futuro

A few days ago we saw the news: Intel is on its way to introduce dedicated graphics cards aimed at gaming and professional sectors from 2020. The manufacturer, which has accustomed us to launching processors and storage memory, would enter a hard-fought market between AMD and NVIDIA.

Intel’s future lies in discrete graphics cards, and Apple is watching
Intel’s future lies in discrete graphics cards, and Apple is watching

That can translate into a more varied market, with price adjustments to encourage consumers to try out Intel’s new technology. Now: can Apple come in and take advantage of this move? Cupertino’s company has other long-term priorities, but we can never rule out anything when we talk about its future.

The future of the Mac is not completely defined, and in fact some say it has never been so uncertain. WWDC 2018 has made it clear that the Mac and its MacOS system have a future , but the computers of five years from now may look like something we cannot imagine right now. From the hardware point of view, it seems that Intel will gradually lose ground to ARM chips.

Those chips already provide remarkable graphics power on the iPhone and iPad, so the first thing to think about is that dedicated Intel graphics cards may not have a place in the Macs of the future. In addition, Cupertino is precisely focused on relying on the minimum number of providers. Even when they buy something as insignificant as the screws on their devices. But at the same time it has to be said that with an Intel card Apple could already get rid of another supplier: Nvidia and AMD.

In a few years, we may see a Mac with an ARM chip designed for the general public, with graphics performance that meets all the basic needs. But the professional public , for example, would need that extra power that only dedicated graphics can (at the moment) give. Perhaps in this case of use in Apple they will consider using those new components from Intel, depending on whether their efficiency and performance meet.

Everything depends on the rhythm of evolution of each of these pieces . Apple may need those dedicated graphics cards in the Macs of the future, or the exponential improvement of ARM chips may reach such a level that that component is no longer needed even on professional Macs. What I don’t doubt is that Apple will already have some prototype of these dedicated Intel graphics and several proposals on the table for experimentation.

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