Apple Quietly Announces AMD Radeon Pro Vega Graphics Options Coming to MacBook Pro

During today's New York event where a new space gray Mac mini, a Retina MacBook Air and redesigned iPad Pros took center stage, Apple also quietly announced new graphics options for the MacBook Pro coming next month.


Tucked away in a press release, Apple revealed it is bringing AMD Radeon Pro Vega graphics to MacBook Pro for the first time. The company says these new graphic options deliver up to 60 percent faster graphics performance for the most demanding video editing, 3D design and rendering workloads.

The new configurations are set to be custom-order only from Apple's online and retail stores, with availability at Apple Authorized Resellers also expected, from Wednesday, November 14. Apple has yet to release pricing details.

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10 months ago

Seriously... just got the new i9 because it JUST came out... this is so ******.


You update the specs as soon as you can and on a regular basis and people complain.

You don't update very often and people complain.

They literally can't win or please all the people (or really anyone on this forum)
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10 months ago
Gave them 5000€ to give me a middle finger 5 weeks later.
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10 months ago
Nice! Now time for Apple to end their feud with NVIDIA.
Rating: 7 Votes
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10 months ago

You update the specs as soon as you can and on a regular basis and people complain.

You don't update very often and people complain.

They literally can't win or please all the people (or really anyone on this forum)


It depends if this is an upgrade option on-top of the 560x or if this is in replacement for the same price. It isn't that they updated it, but the Vega 56 is years old, and they definitely had this technology a few months ago when they refreshed the MBPs. To update the MBP just a few months ago, and then update it again a few months later and get more bang for your buck is what's upsetting.

Again, if this is a MORE expensive option over what currently exists, that's fine... I wouldn't spend more money than I did on this MBP, but if it's the same price, few months later, with a 60% graphics improvement... that's just wrong man. They should wait at least 6 months... I can't remember them ever releasing 2 hardware updates in a single year, let alone one with a 60% speed bump so close to one another.
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10 months ago

Also note that the suggestion was to see what they offer and not “complain”. I’ve had a lot of luck saying “this is my situation..., but I wish it was more like this... what do you think?”

Precisely this. A while back I broke my iPad's screen (only screen break I've ever experienced), and went in to Apple and said, "well, I broke my screen, it's entirely my fault, and my AppleCare+ ran out a month ago - what are my options?" I was expecting a regular repair charge, hoping for maybe a slight discount. Instead, the rep went away for a minute and came back and said, "well, since you never had any incidents under AppleCare on this, we're going to treat it as an AppleCare incident", so I got a replacement iPad for [something between $50 and $100, whatever it was at the time]. It pays to present the facts and be nice.
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10 months ago

Go into an Apple Store if you've only recently bought it and see what they offer. They have a lot of discretionary powers to keep customers happy. As an example, my iMac failed with a dodgy display sensor over a month after my extended AppleCare expired so I took it into my Apple Store and was told it would cost £900 to replace the display and logic board. I wasn't expecting them to offer a free repair but they did as the cover had only recently expired. So do try your luck!

Also note that the suggestion was to see what they offer and not “complain”. I’ve had a lot of luck saying “this is my situation..., but I wish it was more like this... what do you think?”
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10 months ago

So annoyed i got my i9 now i want this

I just contacted sales customer service supervisor level and....... they approved a 1 time 90 day return exception. :) SOOO HAPPY

Apple has the best customer service. bar none.
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10 months ago

Seriously... just got the new i9 because it JUST came out... this is so ******.

Go into an Apple Store if you've only recently bought it and see what they offer. They have a lot of discretionary powers to keep customers happy. As an example, my iMac failed with a dodgy display sensor over a month after my extended AppleCare expired so I took it into my Apple Store and was told it would cost £900 to replace the display and logic board. I wasn't expecting them to offer a free repair but they did as the cover had only recently expired. So do try your luck!
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9 months ago


Yeah, but they need to keep their customers happy and offer some 90 day returns and other exceptions to people who bought a top of the line machine just 2 months ago and would have gladly jumped at the chance to have a higher end GPU.

Releasing them a new option after only 3 months just pisses people off.


So again, what should they do? Not release it for 6 months - but then people who bought it after 4 months will complain it got an unexpected extra option to upgrade 2 months after they bought it.

At some point you have to accept that there's always something else around the corner with technology - and either stop complaining it's updated too often or stop complaining it's not updated often enough.
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That, they hold for 3 months


Very foolish sentence, you actually believe they've just sat on this for 3 months. Ridiculous.

AMD have only just finished the mobile Vega line - no one else has it either, in fact it's not even ready to ship yet never mind "sitting on it for three months" no other manufacturer released it either.

The only thing they could have done is delay the release of the MacBook Pro for 4 months until AMD had the chips ready - but they probably didn't give them an exact time frame so that's not a viable option.
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I didn't even know they had anything below the 56, especially considering Apple says on their website "Featuring the same graphics architecture used in iMac Pro." But that makes a lot more sense that it's a lower end Vega 16 and 20.

What I think people are frustrated by is just that though, are they going to still offer the 560X, or is this relating their 560X.


It is the same architecture the "Vega" line - but it's a mobile variation. They didn't have anything less than the "56" before this is a new line that AMD are just releasing, no one has it any computers yet and it's not ready for another month.

They are NOT replacing any of the Radeon options, it's a further tier upgrade for people who want it.
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9 months ago

tell that to a friend of mine that works at a fast food joint saving up for months to get this to start her youtube channel. she's absolutely floored by this and she's slightly blaming me for telling her that MacBook Pros won't be updated for a while.


tell her, her macbook pro from 2018 will be just fine for starting a youtube channel :). it is a really nice (and expensive) piece of hardware perfectly fine for this job and most probably won't limit her in any way for years to come (besides hardware failures :D). blaming you seems like an unfair move from her, nobody could have guessed a vega option will be coming in november.
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