Apple Plans Dual Graphics Enhancements on Future MacBook Pros

Posted on February 19, 2010 by

AppleInsider has learned  that one of the advances Apple plans for future MacBook Pro models is an improvement to the handling of the notebook’s dual graphics chips by automatically switching between the integrated and discrete graphics processors.

From AppleInsider:

More specifically, the Mac maker has up and running in its labs several next-generation MacBook Pros that can switch between their integrated and discrete graphics processors automatically, according to people familiar with the matter.

This differs from the company’s existing MacBook Pro lineup, which requires users to manually toggle between an integrated Nvidia GeForce 9400M graphics core and the more powerful 9600M GT discrete processor by first making a selection in their Mac’s Energy Saver system preference pane, then logging out and back in for the change to take effect (as shown below).

While those privy to Apple’s plans could not say with complete certainty that the new technology would qualify for inclusion in the most immediate update to the MacBook Pro family, they do believe that’s indeed the Cupertino-based company’s plans. The current chipset situation Apple faces across its notebook lines also lends support to these claims.

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