Apple to remove support for AMD GPU from macOS ARM64

Apple announced during the WWDC 2020 keynote that it would take two years for Intel chips to be transferred to the self-developed ARM platform, laying a new foundation for future Use of the technology’s Mac hardware. However, it is also possible that the company may remove support for AMD GPUs from macOS ARM64, suggesting that the company or the company intends to develop its own GPU.

Apple to remove support for AMD GPU from macOS ARM64

@never_released, a Twitter user, shared a picture of the future ARM Mac using the Apple GPU.

In fact, since a11 Bionic, Apple has implemented three iterations in the mobile GPU space — implementing a custom GPU microarchitecture based on Imagination Technologies’ PowerVR solution.

An earlier benchmark result showed that the A12Z Bionic’s eight-core GPU was able to challenge amd Ryzen 5 4500U and Intel Core i7-1065G7 cores, primarily by a narrow margin over the OpenCL project.

However, the lower score, or because of Rosetta 2, the translation layer, does not effectively mobilize the performance of the A12Z Bionic chip. The good news is that the Mac mini is aimed at developers who need to test their applications, and consumers won’t be held hostage in the future.

Later this year, we expect to welcome the first ARM Mac for regular users. It may feature a custom 12-core SoC (8 high-performance plus 4 high-efficiency cores) and even more powerful than the GPU in the A14 Bionic on the upcoming iPhone 12.