With the launch of the new API Metal 2 in the operating system macOS High Sierra added support for external graphics cards connected via Thunderbolt 3. Now MacBook owners can use virtual reality technology regardless of the restrictions of the standard graphical subsystem of computers.
Apple offers to connect an external docking station with video to the Mac through a high-speed interface Thunderbolt 3. We are talking only about the Mac models of the last generation.
And cupertinos not only gave users the ability to connect such devices to their computers but also offered its own solution. We are talking about the black box – external enclosure for graphics cards Sonnet, which includes a graphics card AMD Radeon RX 580 with 8 GB of memory and the power supply is 350 watts.
In addition, buyers of the device will get a discount of $100 on the purchase of the HTC Vive headset. Given that during the conference special attention was given to virtual reality, it can be understood that the docking station is primarily intended to developers associated with VR.
Earlier at Computex, the manufacturers showed more external docks for connecting graphics. As you know, games for macOS, the situation is not the best way. For this reason, the new feature is aimed not primarily at gamers and to developers and professionals who need a productive GPU. Though for fans of Apple’s proposed solution might be interesting.