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DrEGPU
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I wasn't sure where to post this since it's more of a rumor than anything. Please move to the appropriate forum, whatever that may be. 

https://www.idownloadblog.com/2019/04/22/macos-10-15-api-device-drivers/

Some kind of driver API is going to be unveiled at the next Apple WWDC. The devil is in the details, but this could potentially open an avenue for nVidia drivers on MacOS. If true, drivers probably won't be available until fall or winter of this year (if you're in the northern hemisphere). 

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If I may quote:

"As AppleInsider separately noted, the only two Nvidia cards that continue to work with Mojave are the older GeForce GTX 680 and the Quadro K5000 models. But why is it that now, in 2019, there aren’t any functional Nvidia drivers for Mojave at all?"

This already shows that the writer has no idea about anything. GTX680 and K5000 are both Kepler cards and this why they work, together with many other models.

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NVIDIA support for macOS honestly isn't hard for NVIDIA/Apple, given that they have a history. More so, it seems a political problem first, technical limitations second. Hopefully the news about new device driver APIs comes to fruition, along with the downfall of ridiculous policies.

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DrEGPU
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I never thought it was a technical issue and always thought it was political/business. I'm hoping this driver API thing means, the apple kingdom is going to be a little bit more friendly to outsiders. Currently: No nvidia. No linux. Seriously!?

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Eightarmedpet
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Super interesting, and almost sounds like a way of saving face while allowing Nvidia back into the macOS ecosystem!
Apple: "We've made it simple for ANYONE to write drivers for macOS"
Nvidia: "OH HAI"
Apple: "OHHH JEEEZEEEE... I guess that means you guys can too...."

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There is no explanation of how these new device driver APIs will differ from existing I/O Kit library APIs. There is no guarantee that these new device driver APIs will have anything to do with GPUs as documentation for creating GPU drivers is not publicly available for I/O Kit. You might be able to make an IOFrameBuffer but it won't have any acceleration.
https://developer.apple.com/documentation/kernel/ioframebuffer?language=objc

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Posted by: joevt

There is no explanation of how these new device driver APIs will differ from existing I/O Kit library APIs. There is no guarantee that these new device driver APIs will have anything to do with GPUs as documentation for creating GPU drivers is not publicly available for I/O Kit. You might be able to make an IOFrameBuffer but it won't have any acceleration.
https://developer.apple.com/documentation/kernel/ioframebuffer?language=objc

Interesting and not encouraging. Oh well...

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beppedessi
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So... is it all smoke in the eyes?

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OliverB
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Look, I told you this before: We have three participating parties: Apple, AMD and nVidia. None of them is interested for full nVidia MacOSX support. It's a win/win/win situation for any of them. Why would anyone think this will change?

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Got hopeful for a second with that post! Guess I'll just keep watching for Navi news and hope there is something decent I can swap in and out of a eGPU & Windows Desktop.

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DrEGPU
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I was excited for a hot second too! For my purposes, I’d be ok without display acceleration as long as CUDA and cuDNN libraries were compatible/worked with MacOS. One can dream...

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Hope dies last.

Anyway, Apple will have to solve this issue sooner or later. The inability to develop and distribute custom graphics drivers in an organized way is not an nVidia related problem only. Think about how disruptive it was for many users that DisplayLink devices (these are USB graphics cards designed mainly for office use and found in many notebook dock solutions) suddenly stopped working on MacOS because of an update. The situation remained unresolved for months angering enterprise users.

The current situation do not inspire confidence, especially among Pro users who don't like living in constant dread whether their expensive hardware will suddenly become unsupported at the whim of some Apple product manager or an arbitrary change in an obscure part of the OS. Hopefully we will see a new modular Mac Pro soon - modularity would be a joke if only a small set of Apple sanctioned devices could work with it.

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Posted by: steve4332

Hopefully we will see a new modular Mac Pro soon - modularity would be a joke if only a small set of Apple sanctioned devices could work with it.

Well, you got your wish! The downside, of course, is that the modular Mac Pro is out of reach of even most professional users due to the high pricing.

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