Apple to dump Intel integrated graphics chipsets for NVIDIA’s in new MacBooks; Blu-ray, too?

“Apple will announce as part of its special media event Tuesday a new family of MacBooks that will abandoned Intel’s integrated graphics chipsets for those part of NVIDIA’s new mobile platform,” Kasper Jade and Aidan Malley report for AppleInsider.

“People familiar with the matter say, at a minimum, the 13-inch systems will adopt chipsets from NVIDIA’s MCP79 platform, as was predicted earlier this week by technology journalist Ryan Shrout,” Jade and Malley report. “Word of the switch validates claims first published by AppleInsider earlier this summer, speficially that Apple would drop Intel’s stock designs for the first time since the transition to x86 processors in 2006.”

“Apple reportedly will use NVIDIA’s MCP79 platform which “is believed to use a new set of GeForce 9300 and 9400 series integrated mainboard graphics processors. Regardless of which variant Apple uses, both are expected to support the latest visual effects and will theoretically blow past the performance of not just the Intel GMA X3100 video on Apple’s current MacBooks but also the GMA 4500MHD found on newer notebooks using Intel’s reference hardware,” Jade and Aidan Malley report.

“Separately, Digg founder Kevin Rose is claiming in a yet-to-be-shown live Diggnation episode that the new 13-inch MacBooks will include Blu-ray at some level,”Jade and Aidan Malley report.

More in the full article here.

Also, more info via an AppleInsider report from yesterday, “NVIDIA platform claimed likely for new MacBook line,” here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “James W.” for the heads up.]


  1. “…will theoretically blow past the performance of not just the Intel GMA X3100 video on Apple’s current MacBooks but also the GMA 4500MHD found on newer notebooks…” The real question is, will Apple keep its graphics hardware up-to-date with the rest of the industry or will it still be using NVIDIA’s MCP79 a year from now?

  2. Kevin Rose is bored. He has nothing else to do, so, he pulls things from his a** and says he has inside information. So he was sorta right on the Nano……big deal.

    Kevin, go and fix digg. That is what you should be doing you hit whore.

  3. BlueRay is an added expense that cannot be justified. I hardly ever use my CD/DVD drive except the occasional software install and that can be done with DVD sharing. For HD video, I can use Apple TV or just download it on iTunes.

    Why should Apple ever put Blue Ray into their machines? We have so many other ways to get HD.

  4. Robert, when you come into the real world and start really using your Mac for something besides just entertainment, you might find that you come to appreciate being able to back up REALLY big files to disk as a second backup method. Big backups is the #1 reason I want Blu-ray. But I’ll take the movies, too. Not all of us decided to get an early model of AppleTV. Anyway, I’m sure you’ll be able to order yours without Blu-ray. By the way, tried tabs in your browser yet?

  5. The more I learn about nvidia’s graphics platform, the more I hope Apple will adopt it. I’ll have to wait until Monday to find out.

    I don’t think these notebooks are the “brick”. I think the “brick” is an HDTV with integrated TV.

  6. Either the price goes down, or the combo drive dies, but not both. Don’t expect an Apple notebook with a super drive below $1,000. It simply can’t happen (let me rephrase that: it is extremely unlikely to happen).

  7. Why? There are $500 PC laptops that have “Superdrives” in them.

    Having any model of laptop without a Superdrive in it and less than 2GB of RAM is simply unacceptable, at ANY price point. There are no other laptops on the market without superdrive and 2GB of RAM these days. Laptops half the cost of an entry level MacBook have these things.

  8. I don’t see why Bluray can’t be an option on all notebooks. Just price it quite high.


    Because Leopard and iLife 08 do not support Blu-Ray authoring, and there is currently not a single Apple display (Cinema or Notebook) that is capable of displaying Blu-Ray content because none are HDCP compliant.

    There is a lot more involved than just plopping in a Blu-Ray drive and expecting it to work..

    Snow Leopard and iLife 09 will likely offer Blu-Ray support..

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