“An Nvidia spokesperson confirmed to AppleInsider Tuesday that Apple’s new high-end MacBook Pros include an automatic graphics switching solution that is the Mac maker’s own creation,” Neil Hughes reports for AppleInsider. “Nvidia had no input on Apple’s solution and would not comment on the utilized technology.”
“Earlier this year, Nvidia introduced a new technology called Optimus, which is designed two work alongside Nehalem notebook designs — like the Core i5 and Core i7 — that include Intel’s integrated graphics processor, as well as a discrete Nvidia graphics chip. The feature chooses the best of the two processors for running a given application,” Hughes reports. “While the end result is similar, Apple’s automatic graphics switching solution is not Optimus, Nvidia said.”
Hughes reports, “This switching is accomplished on-the-fly with no input from users. Apple also offers users the option to switch solely to discrete graphics and turn off the automatic switching.”
More info in the full article here.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Too Hot!” for the heads up.]