Apple’s new iMacs are now powerful enough to support
Apple unveiled macOS High Sierra during WWDC. The successor to
macOS Sierra promises a slew of new features and most notably
among them—support for virtual reality.
Apple’s senior vice president of software engineering Craig
Federighi took the stage and confirmed that “Valve is bringing
SteamVR to Mac.”
SteamVR will also be joined on Mac systems by the Unreal and
Unity video game engines, all tying directly into today’s newly
announced Metal 2 video-processing API.
Also continuing the theme of VR support for Mac, Industrial
Light and Magic staffers demonstrated the first-ever native HTC
Vive demo on a Mac system. An ILM user in headset dropped
TIE Fighters, Imperial Cruisers, and Darth Vader into a
Star Wars-themed world, using nothing more than an on-screen
GUI controlled with HTC Vive controllers.
— VRScout (@VRScout) June
Apple demonstrated a new commitment to VR, showcasing
high-end VR for the first time running on a Mac in front of
thousands of developers.
The refreshed Mac system will come with enough horsepower
needed to render HTC Vive-ready content at a comfortable