The company's top execs also made additional comments meant to reassure fans that the Mac line isn't going away anytime soon. Hidden in those remarks lies a gem that indicates Apple is perfectly okay with its tech savvy Mac tinkerers upgrading their MacBook's graphics performance, which should be great news.
"“I think they have a place," Apple’s Craig Federighi said when TechCrunch’s Matthew Panzarino asked him about Apple’s philosophy on external GPUs.
With that simple answer, the top boss at Apple’s software engineering division solved the matter for the time being.
Ever since the MacBook Pro (2016) came out last fall, some people criticized the laptop's lack of sufficient RAM and its inferior graphics card. But users quickly discovered they can use external GPUs to turn the MacBook Pro into even more powerful computers.
The advantages of hooking up an external GPU card to a MacBook Pro are multiple. Users can keep upgrading the GPU in time and enjoy a richer graphics performance without worrying about battery life consumption.
The downside is that they have to spend additional cash on an enclosure for said GPUs and for the GPUs themselves. Not to mention that this system works only in "desktop" mode, as they can't really take that external GPU with them on the road.
However, the fact that Apple will not seek to actively block efforts to use external GPU is a good sign. Sure, they do need to know what users are doing, and enabling external GPU does require some knowledge of how Mac works, but Federighi’s short comment is a reassurance that Apple won't take additional steps to block such monstrosities in future Sierra updates.