New macOS High Sierra Update Adds Support for External GPUs

Last Edited: September 2, 2018 | Published: March 30, 2018 by

New macOS High Sierra Update Adds Support for External GPUs

Yesterday, Apple not only updated iOS, but also released a new update to macOS High Sierra. While the update received little fanfare, it does add support for external GPUs, which could be a very huge boom to gamers and developers alike and could turn Macbooks into VR ready laptops with some serious gaming capabilities.

The update brings High Sierra to 10.13.4, adds many small tweaks and bug fixes, but the biggest addition is the external graphics support, which is something that macOS has been sorely lacking for quite some time.

The new feature, which is easy to miss, will let Mac owners add external graphics cards. This could mean even better performance when gaming and opens the doors to video editors and even VR producers to create new games and projects using the Mac platform. Gaming is still far behind the PC even today, despite many improvements over the last few years. Still, this could help improve the overall experience for gamers who prefer to use a Mac.

For a full list of the changes in the new update, see below:

The macOS High Sierra 10.13.4 Update improves the stability, performance, and security of your Mac, and is recommended for all users.

This update:

  • Adds support for Business Chat conversations in Messages in the U.S.
  • Adds support for external graphics processors(eGPUs).
  • Fixes graphics corruption issues affecting certain apps on iMac Pro.
  • Allows jumping to the rightmost open tab using Command-9 in Safari.
  • Enables sorting of Safari bookmarks by name or URL by Control-clicking and choosing Sort By.
  • Fixes an issue that may prevent web link previews from appearing in Messages.
  • Helps protect privacy by only AutoFilling usernames and passwords after selecting them in a web form field in Safari.
  • Displays warnings in the Safari Smart Search field when interacting with password or credit card forms on unencrypted webpages.
  • Displays privacy icons and links to explain how your data will be used and protected when Apple features ask to use your personal information.

Enterprise content:

  • No longer disables User Approved Kernel Extension Loadingon MDM-enrolled devices. For devices with DEP-initiated or User Approved MDM enrollment, administrators can use the Kernel Extension Policy payload.
  • Improves Spotlight search results for files stored on network mounts.
  • Properly evaluates ACLs on SMB share points.
  • Adds the –eraseinstallflag to the startosinstall command in the macOS Installer app at Contents/Resources/startosinstall. Use this flag to erase and install macOS on a disk. For details, run startosinstall with the –usage
  • Updates System Image Utility to allow creating NetInstall images that erase and install macOS to a named target volume.

See Apple Security Updates for detailed information about the security content of this update.

While we didn’t hear much about this new update, seeing this new feature along with the other fixes and improvements is good news for the Mac platform. Who knows, we could even begin to see VR titles come exclusively for the Mac. But that might be a bit of a stretch.

What do you think? Do you think this will improve gaming, video editing and VR on macOS, or will these the domain of Windows? Tell me your thoughts in the comments below.

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Matt Garrett

Matt is an IT professional with over fifteen years experience supporting network infrastructure and computers. An avid gamer, Matt enjoys his time playing and writing about his experiences both in the IT world and in the gaming communities. You can find more of his writing for LaptopNinja where he enjoys talking about everything tech.


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