Other World Computing
Feature Graphic
How to get photos on to iOS 8 iCloud Photo Library
Feature Graphic
iPhone pre-orders, iOS 8, Tim Cook Interview + More
Feature Graphic
Podcast: iPhone 6, Watch, Apple Pay, etc, etc
Feature Graphic
Podcast: Cloud security tips, TheFappening, Apple Event, plus more
Feature Graphic
Shinola Premium Leather iPhone 5/5s case
IGM Logo

| Home | Contact | Advertising | Search | Submit


nVidia chipsets for the rest of us? [u]



By

PC Perspective (PCP) claims that Apple's switch from Intel to nVidia chipsets for at least two of its portable product lines is an all but done deal. Further, they note that the investment and resources required to create an in-house design "is simply out of the question."

Here are PCP's reasons supporting their conclusion that it's nVidia for the next portable refresh:

nVidia has been developing an answer to Intel’s Montevina chip for a while and has not been shy about it (see whoop ass)

That same MCP79 chip has the ability to scale from ultra-low power versions to small-form-factor machines fitting in with Apple’s range of products

A new refresh on mobility discrete GPUs for the Fall (and support for HybridPower and HybridSLI) combines with MCP79 for a very impressive mobile lineup

Insiders pointing at a switch in Apple’s MacBook hardware

Apple Online Store


PCP states that the MacBook Air probably won't be part of this refresh, essentially because it's a new product. Intuition aside, an AppleInsider write up makes a plainer case—Apple's warned resellers of a product transition related iPod and Mac shortage that doesn't mention the thinnovative notebook.

Of course, an upgrade around the time of the MBA's one-year anniversary could still be in the cards.

Aside from the Mac mini, which is essentially a MacBook in small form factor clothing, no other Macs have been mentioned as candidates for updates in the short term.

[u] Jon Stokes of Ars Technica doesn't believe that Apple will move any of its products to nVidia chipsets. [u]

Editor's note: In the past, nVidia has made a lot of noise about unreleased products. The company went uncharacteristically dark on the MCP79 shortly after nVidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang's "whoop ass" comments in April.

Further, it's hard to over emphasize how nicely MCP79's scalability fits Apple's product lines and PCP offers some nice examples of how that might play out. This is exciting stuff.

However, there's one nagging little thing that bothers me about this—Peter Oppenheimer's warning that an upcoming product transition (this one?) would entail a noticeable hit on the company's margins. Why would transitioning from one off-the-shelf solution to another hit margins?

Perhaps Apple has Partnered (note the capital "P") with nVidia and invested in the MCP79, helping to develop and adapt this solution...

Download, Play, Burn MP3s! No DRM. No Restrictions. No Worries.


Spacer

Connect with Insanely Great Mac


spacer

Recent Articles

- Bendgate helps Apple?
- Consumer Reports takes on iPhone bending
- A look at making launch day iPhone cases
- Podcast: Thoughts on iPhone 6/6+, Hot Thighs and Tights Pants, What's Wrong with iPhone Lines
- How to get photos on to iOS 8 iCloud Photo Library with PhotoSync
- iPhone launch weekend sees 10 million sold
- Thoughts on iPhone sizes
- Apple TV and HomeKit
- iPhone lines and the black market
- Podcast - iPhone pre-orders, iOS 8, Tim Cook Interview + More
- 1Password 5 now available for iOS w/ extensions, touch ID support
- iCloud data gets 2-step verification, new app-specifc passwords
- Apple posts Android switcher guide
- Charlie Rose Tim Cook Interview
- 4 million iPhone orders in first day, up from 2 million for iPhone 5
- Podcast: iPhone 6, Watch, Apple Pay, etc, etc
- New iCloud storage plans rolling out
- Macworld Magazine ends, continues online
- Apple Watch
- The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus
- Apple Pay
- Podcast: iCloud security tips, TheFappening, Apple Event, plus more
- Wired on how iCloud accounts may have been hacked
- My iCloud security tips
- Podcast: Brown M&M, Apple event, wearable, tattoos, Dropbox vs iCloud + More


Browse and search for more articles

IGM Specials

Mercury Extreme SSD
60GB - $64.50
120GB - $79
240GB - $148

480GB - $300

960GB - $695

iMac RAM (2013)
8GB Kit - $99
16GB Kit - $198

32GB Kit - $390

External Storage
500 GB - $129
1 TB RAID - $225
Mobile RAID = $198

Power2U AC/USB Wall Outlet - $22.50


Other World Computing

Other World Computing





Home

About

Advertising

Search

Copyright 1995-2014 Insanely Great Mac. All rights reserved.
Privacy Statment | Terms of Service | Editorial Policy