Originally Posted by Kinsykins
Wouldn't that be out of character for Apple to drive a HW releae based on the latest and greatest graphics chip? Since when has Apple been on the forefront of graphics cpu technology?
Since never- but I have a some things that might back me up on this:
1) Why else could they be possibly waiting at this point? All the other mobile hardware for this generation is out already, AFAIK.
2) Nvidia has Optimus. If Apple wants switchable dedicated graphics with an i5/i7 mobile CPU, they need Optimus. Thus they need Nvidia.
3) Nvidia's Fermi offers significant GPGPU benefits over Nividia's current mobile line (the 300/200Ms), which are basically rehashes of the aging 9000M series.
5) Apple has put a *lot* of work into GPGPU support in Snow Leopard.
6) Apple seems to have taken a sudden interest in gaming, what with the iPod Touch coming back (surprisingly?) strong in that area, and now gaming being one of the advertising points on the iPad.
7) Valve has been working with Apple to bring Steam to the Mac. Steam = 3D Gaming. 3D gaming = Performance GPUs. Apple has been looking at hiring a game developer to work for them (if they haven't already). Steam on Mac + Gaming awareness + Superior GPGPU hardware = More & better performance GPUs in Macs?