Apple job posting hints that future iMac versions could use AMD Radeon graphics

Apple job posting hints that future iMac versions could use AMD Radeon graphics

Summary: The ad looking for electrical engineers to work on Apple desktop computers specifically calls for experience with "AMD and/or Nvidia GPUs."


While Apple has stuck for a while with Intel for the processors powering its Mac desktops and laptops -- though who knows for how much longer -- it has had a habit of flip-flopping on graphics cards that go inside its systems. At the moment, Nvidia is the vendor of choice, but a new job posting suggests that Apple could be ready to switch again.

According to TechEye, Apple is looking for electrical engineers to work for its Mac Desktop Systems Engineering team. In the posting on Apple's job site, key qualifications include not only experience working with Intel chipsets, but also "AMD and/or Nvidia GPUs." This has set off alarms among Mac fanboys, as the brand-new iMac offers either Nvidia GeForce GT 650M or GeForce GTX 680MX graphics inside; the latest Mac Minis use integrated Intel graphics.

While the current Mac Pro lineup uses AMD Radeon graphics cards, there's been speculation that the workstation will be phased out of Apple's future desktop plans. The result is focus on the iMac line -- as well as focus on the relationship between Nvidia and Apple. Nvidia clearly won 2012 by getting its graphics boards in both the iMac and new MacBook laptops, so why Apple's need for an EE who knows AMD graphics processors? Given the new iMac's recent refresh, the timing is also curious.

Does Apple see something in AMD's current or future graphics architecture that it may make a switch with the next iMac update, or is this tied to the long-promised, but still-not-delivered refresh of the Mac Pro? ZDNet's own David Morgenstern recently speculated that Apple's promise to manufacture some systems in the U.S. could mean a Mac Pro production line on American soil; maybe AMD's Radeon 6000 series of graphics card would be inside those new models.

Whether Apple wants engineers with AMD GPU experience because it has plans to abandon Nvidia, or just to help when it's kicking the proverbial tires, there's never a dull moment when it comes to Mac rumors. 

Topic: Apple

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  • A suggestion in response to your article...

    I was enjoying your article until I got to the third-to-last paragraph where you talk about the "speculated" demise of the Mac Pro. This made the entire read useless and a waste of my time.

    Tim Cook himself said a new Mac Pro is due in 2013. This is knowledge that should have been known... or at least easily realised on a pre-publish fact check.

    So please... do keep up with the times Sean.
    • How does speculation about the future demise of the Mac Pro line

      conflict with Cook's promise of a refresh in 2013. Last I checked, the 'future' extends well past 2013.
    • Not exactly

      What Tim Cook said is Apple will be introducing something exciting for the Pro Market in 2013. Whether that's a brand new Mac Pro or something else entirely remains to be seen.
      Shameer Mulji
      • Full Quote of Tim's Letter

        In the email, Cook writes:


        Thanks for your email. Our Pro customers like you are really important to us. Although we didn't have a chance to talk about a new Mac Pro at today's event, don't worry as we're working on something really great for later next year. We also updated the current model today.

        We've been continuing to update Final Cut Pro X with revolutionary pro features like industry leading multi-cam support and we just updated Aperture with incredible new image adjustment features.

        We also announced a MacBook Pro with a Retina Display that is a great solution for many pros.

        • Note what was said

          And what wasn't.

          And irrelevant fluff. Like FCP and a macbook.

          The marketer ghostwriting that did NOT answer the question.

          Let us SEE a shiny new MP... Only then... No more spin. No more slimy sleaze and lies.
      • I can't stand waiting to see it

        Yes, we shall see, but it is so difficult to wait for having the real thing under your fingers and your eyes !
        I can't stand waiting for this machine, and I'm certainly going to buy it if my finances allows...
        If I dont have the money, I can settle for a beautiful MacBook Air with 15' screen (Retina, of course) and a 512 GB SSD drive ; a beautiful consolation price and a nice alternative, no ? Dan