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Apple Silicon M1-based Macs cannot run on external GPUs

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Yesterday, Apple demonstrated the first Mac with a new M1 processor: the new Mac mini, MacBook Air and 13-inch MacBook Pro. The devices showed impressive characteristics, and the manufacturer promised fans of the brand an excellent battery life. However, no compromises were made – the M1 chip does not support eGPU technology.

None of the updated devices are compatible with external GPUs that connect via Thunderbolt. This means that the new Mac mini, MacBook Air and MacBook Pro will only use their own GPUs.

Our words are confirmed by the fact that Apple has removed the Blackmagic eGPU from the list of compatible accessories for Mac mini, MacBook Air and MacBook Pro with Apple Silicon chips. In addition, the developer’s documentation contains information that support for all third-party graphics processors will be discontinued.

Additional features would be needed in a small number of users in any case, but support for external video cards would give the devices extra appeal. It is unknown whether this feature will be restored in future Apple Silicon processors.

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