The latest beta of macOS 10.13.4 restricts access to external graphics cards — 2022

This week we get the macOS 10.13.4 latest beta without finding many improvements, but now, we have learned that this new beta restricts access to graphics cards, at least for newer Macs.

The latest operating system macOS , came with the novelty of being able to use external graphics cards with greater integration. Something that was possible before, but with High Sierra comes better integration. This restriction is only being applied to latest generation Mac computers, where they take advantage of the connection Thunderbolt 3 , according to Macgeneration.

External graphics cards on Mac

We saw the novelty of incorporating external graphics cards to our Macs at the last WWDC 17, where Apple presented macOS High Sierra . Thanks to the latest operating system, we have the possibility to connect a graphics card via Thunderbolt 3 with greater integration.

Thanks to this, the developers were able to start with their projects of ARKit , where Apple delivered a tower with a mid-high-spec graphics card from AMD to the developers in attendance. Connecting a graphics card to a Mac is nothing new, long before Apple announced it at WWDC 17, we could find outer boxes that served us to be able to connect them, but since last year, Apple has made an effort in this matter. Above all, it may be intended for designers who need to have agraphics tablet on the Macto work comfortably.

Although this option is still in beta phase Since its launch in the fall of last year, we could see the final version in the spring, as announced by Apple.


One of the most ambitious external graphics cards compatible with Mac, we find it in the manufacturer NVIDIA, with its TITAN Xp . Among its features we find 12 GB of GDDR5X memory and 12 teraflops of power.

To give us an idea of ​​the beast that is this graphics card compatible with Macs, the one that incorporates the latest Xbox from Microsoft has 6 teraflops. In the case of the PS4 Pro, it would go down to 4.20 teraflops.

Of course, equipping our Mac with a beast like the NVIDIA external graphics card would cost about 1,300 euros approximately, without counting the external box.

Would you buy an external graphics card to power up your Mac?