Down to the metal

Mac Format - - MACOS HIGH SIERRA -

Ap­ple calls Metal 2 a ‘graph­ics game changer’. The orig­i­nal Metal was de­signed to un­leash the power of your Mac’s graph­ics pro­cess­ing unit (GPU), po­ten­tially mak­ing apps sig­nif­i­cantly more pow­er­ful. But Metal 2 fur­ther ups the ante.

Ac­cord­ing to Ap­ple, Metal 2 will make it pos­si­ble for apps on macOS High Sierra to of­fer a su­pe­rior vis­ual ex­pe­ri­ence, but also add ca­pa­bil­i­ties such as ma­chine learn­ing, vir­tual re­al­ity, and ex­ter­nal GPUs for peo­ple work­ing with high-end cre­ative apps.

One app that looks like it’ll fully har­ness this new power is pop­u­lar im­age ed­i­tor Pix­el­ma­tor. It’s set to go ‘pro’ this au­tumn, with a re­vamped sin­gle-win­dow in­ter­face, and a vastly en­hanced Metal 2 pow­ered paint­ing en­gine. See pix­el­ma­tor.com/pro for more in­for­ma­tion on what looks set to be a cracking new app.

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