Your Mac has a weak graphics card, period. If you have a Mac Pro, you have a workstation graphics card that was powerful for video and photo editing… three years ago. If you have an iMac or 15″ Retina MacBook Pro, you have a dedicated graphics card… made for laptops, powering far too many pixels, and lacking the processing power for virtual reality (VR). If you have a 13″ MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, or MacBook, you have Intel’s integrated graphics, and therefore your iPad may have better graphics capabilities.
So what do you do if you want to use a Mac, but also want to render video, make large changes to high resolution photos, or even play games? At this point, the best advice would be to buy a PC* or build a Hackintosh. Or rather, those would have been the best solutions, until the Wolfe was introduced yesterday on Kickstarter. I wanted to wait a few days to gauge the interest in this product and see if they could hit their Kickstarter goals before I became too enthusiastic about it reaching consumers, or before I ordered one myself. Then, this happened:
The makers of the Wolfe, a new company called Wolfepack, Inc., needed $50,000 to get production started on the Wolfe. In just one day, they raised over three times that.
People really want a Mac that’s capable of doing everything without compromises, a Mac that’s finally powerful enough to play the latest games, run VR, or even do the very graphics work that made Apple popular with artists in the first place. There isn’t a single Mac I can point to and tell people to buy if they need a powerful computer, but with the Wolfe, I can point to nearly any Mac with a Thunderbolt 2 or 3 (preferred) port, and that includes every current Mac. The Wolfe can even make your lowly MacBook a powerhouse, and it does so with the strength of Nvidia’s powerful desktop graphics cards.
*Yes, an Apple fangirl just told you to buy a PC. The world is ending.