Down to the metal
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.