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MacBooks may utilize Nvidia graphics once again in 2012

Apple could be seeing green instead of red for all its 2012 MacBook models

Apple has been seemingly flipping coins when deciding which major graphics brand will power the MacBook and iMac lineups.

A report over at claims that the Cupertino company will once again look to Nvidia for their graphical prowess in the upcoming 2012 MacBook refresh. Unfortunately, the report makes no mention of sources, so definitely take this one with a grain of salt.

MacBooks have been flip-flopping between AMD and Nvidia ever since its introduction. For example, the first MacBook Pro units in 2006 were equipped with ATI graphics, but models from 2007 to 2010 saw a switch to Nvidia. The current 2011 lineup saw yet another switch to ATI (now AMD) graphics. Thus, we wouldn’t be surprised if next year’s lineup came with GeForce GPUs instead of Radeon chips.

The 2012 Apple notebooks are also expected to run Ivy Bridge, Intel’s 22nm die shrink of its current Sandy Bridge architecture, and have a thinner, completely redesigned chassis for the first time since 2008.


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Allen Ngo, 2011-11-22 (Update: 2012-05-26)