There’s been a ton of news recently about the next-gen MacBook Pro, but new reports now claim to provide even more information, suggesting that Apple will move back to Nvidia graphics chips for the new units, as rumored back in November. 9to5Mac’s initial report yesterday briefly mentioned that Apple would likely switch to Nvidia graphics chips for the upcoming MacBook Pro refresh, and found references to the GeForce GT 650M. ABC News has now issued a similar report, which has since been confirmed by The Verge.
The 650M is a powerful and well-regarded chip which should prove quite capable for the next-gen MacBooks. Apple moved away from using Nvidia chips after a large number of their 8600M graphic chip failed in 2007-2008 MacBook models. Apple’s current line of MacBooks uses AMD’s ATI chips for their discrete graphics, making the move back to Nvidia a very significant one.
Apple’s next-gen MacBooks are expected to feature a thinner design, embedded SSDs, Retina displays, and Intel’s latest Ivy Bridge processors, and are expected to launch at Apple’s World-Wide Developer Conference in June. Benchmarks for the new MacBooks and iMacs were also leaked yesterday morning.