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Apple Introduces New External Graphics Development Kit for $559, Compatible with macOS High Sierra

Today during the WWDC 2017 keynote, Apple announced a new graphics kit for developers who may wanna test certain applications with external graphics cards on the upcoming Mac software upgrade known both comically and officially as macOS High Sierra. The kit includes an AMD Radeon RX 580 8GB graphics card enclosed in a Sonnet external GPU chassis, Thunderbolt 3 support to connect to your Mac, a 350w power supply offers juice to power everything, Belkin USB-C to 4-port USB-A hub offers more extensive connectivity, and a promo code for $100 towards the purchase of an HTC Vive VR headset will give interested devs a discount to get their virtual reality development under way. The entire kit costs $599 and is available to anyone with an Apple Developers account.

Apple hopes to bring developers the tools necessary in this case to begin development of VR and 3D software to the Mac for the first time. This type of kit may also one day go on sale for the general public to purchase and enjoy for things like gaming and super extensive video and photo editing. For now, the tools are simply being tested as is macOS High Sierra which won’t leave beta until later this fall. Heck, we may not even see external GPU support land until spring of 2018. But for now, at least we know it’s on its way and developers have the necessary tools to bring it to pass.

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Max Buondonno is a technology enthusiast who has been working as a journalist in this industry for more than two years. He has grown up in the age where everyone has a smartphone which has influenced his decision to become a professional technology writer, his passion in life. He's dipped his toes in the development of websites, while you can ask him anything about Apple, Google, or Microsoft and he's bound to give you an answer. He's reachable on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn, and email.

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