updated 09:45 am EDT, Thu March 24, 2011
Might open up upgrades for hackers
The 2011 MacBook Pro version of the Mac OS X 10.6.7 update appears to contain support for AMD/ATI video cards not normally available for Macs, a hacker notes. Supported 5000-series Radeon HD cards include the 5630, 5670, 5730, 5770, 5850 and 5870. For the more recent 6000 series the 6850, 6870 and 6970 are listed.
While some of the cards may be options for upcoming Macs, it's suspected that Apple may be interested in supporting a wider range of off-the-shelf cards. Even Mac Pros are limited to a small set of upgrades specifically identified as Mac-compatible, whereas Windows PCs can be upgraded with virtually any card on the market. Most Macs are not designed to use any graphics hardware but what Apple itself has selected at the time of a refresh.