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Apple, Adobe Work Together to Bring GPU Flash

Steve Jobs made it painfully clear today in an open letter that he doesn't have much love for Adobe and its Flash technology. But still, the developers at both companies have gotten together and delivered the first step to making Flash video far more livable on Mac OS X systems.

Apple recently released a new framework in its latest Snow Leopard update that provides low-level access to the H.264 decoding capabilities of compatible GPUs found in Macs and MacBooks such as the Nvidia GeForce 9400M, GeForce 320M or GeForce GT 330M.

This paved the way for Adobe to implement GPU assisted video decoding for Flash videos, especially those encoded for high-definition. Read more details in a Flash Player Engineering Blog.

Engadget put the early build of the new Flash Player through its paces on the newest models of 15-inch MacBook Pros. While the Nvidia GeForce GT 330M helped decrease the CPU strain on the Core i7 model, the same plug-in curiously made things more strenuous on the CPU for the Core i5 machine. It's likely just a software bug, as the preview build has shown to make life easier with GPU assist.

Marcus Yam
Marcus Yam served as Tom's Hardware News Director during 2008-2014. He entered tech media in the late 90s and fondly remembers the days when an overclocked Celeron 300A and Voodoo2 SLI comprised a gaming rig with the ultimate street cred.
  • Nesto1000
    Smells like disaster to me...
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  • zachary k
    cool....will they work on this for the iphone, or will SJ flip us the bird again?
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  • masterjaw
    Wow, talking about hypocrisy. The CEO bashes Adobe on the outside, making it look like Apple doesn't need Adobe at all.
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  • Shadow703793
    Do realize that using GPU acceleration will reduce battery life due to the fact that the GPU uses more power than the CPU.

    http://www.anandtech.com/show/3682/adobe-enables-gpu-flash-acceleration-in-os-x-we-test-it
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  • matt314
    I think Stevie is just losing his mind....
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  • Ragnar-Kon
    Shadow703793Do realize that using GPU acceleration will reduce battery life due to the fact that the GPU uses more power than the CPU.http://www.anandtech.com/show/3682 we-test-itStill, running the decoding on the GPU will suck up less power than running it through software.
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  • Dirtman73
    Waiwaiwaitaminnut...I thought these guys hated each other? Business before bad blood I suppose.
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  • HansVonOhain
    Stevie is on drugs....
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  • bejabbers
    Screw apple. Only idiots use them anyways, they don't need flash.
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  • Marco925
    Flip Flop Flip Flop...

    Can anyone pick a stance and stick with it. Even I am getting confused. Is my phone getting flash or not?

    BejabbersScrew apple. Only idiots use them anyways, they don't need flash.
    I take great offence to your statement because I Purchased an iPhone, Maybe you can better word your phrases,

    Or only idiots make baseless insults to the decisions of other people.

    You don't have to like a product or a company or anything. but please refrain from being insulting to others, or in your language, An idiot.
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