Metal

One of the unfortunate outcomes of Apple's desire to build their own top-to-bottom software ecosystems is that the company has gradually pulled away from supporting common APIs, particularly in graphics. Whereas early this decade Apple happily supported OpenGL ES up to 3.0, that's as far as the company ever went, skipping future OpenGL ES versions and OpenGL's successor, Vulkan. Instead Apple has relied on their own similar low-level API, Metal. As a result the widespread ability to use a single graphics API and target everything from PCs to Macs to smartphones has gradually been lost as old software and APIs grow stale. Lost, perhaps, but as it turns out, not forgotten. Today, the Khronos Group, the industry consortium behind OpenGL and Vulkan, is announcing a...

Comparing OpenGL ES To Metal On iOS Devices With GFXBench Metal

In the past couple of years we've seen the creation of a number of new low level graphics APIs. Arguably the first major initiative was AMD's Mantle API, which...

34 by Brandon Chester on 6/15/2015

Apple’s Metal API Comes to OS X Desktops

At last year’s WWDC, Apple introduced their Metal API for iOS 8. A low-level graphics API, Metal was originally designed to bring the benefits of low-level graphics programming to...

63 by Ryan Smith on 6/10/2015

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