An external GPU (eGPU)-powered Apple Display won’t be among the
things announced at WWDC 2016.
There’d been some speculation on Twitter and rumor reports about
Apple possibly introducing a display with an integrated eGPU.
Theory being, it would take some of the graphical processing
overhead off MacBooks and/or facilitate a single-cable connection
that could drive 5K. It sounds cool, but I asked around, and it’s
not happening at the keynote or any time in the immediate future.
Rene, as they say, is well-sourced, so I would definitely not go into the keynote holding my breath for this one. A shame, because an updated Mac Pro and a big retina display to connect it to are overdue.
Update: I don’t want to put words in Rene’s mouth, but my reading of this is that there won’t be a new display unveiled at WWDC, but that when a new display is finally revealed, it could still be based on the rumored integrated GPU design. In fact, given Intel’s chipsets, I don’t see how Apple could ship such a display in the next two years unless they go this route.
★ Thursday, 2 June 2016