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2005-07-28
New iBook's Radeon 9550
One change in the new iBook generation is a newer graphics chip, which supports Core Image. With 32 MB VRAM, it certainly isn't a decent graphics card, but it's enough to choppily display the effect when adding a widget. (Other uses of Core Image are currently unknown.) ;)
Comments:
There is some confusion regarding this. Apple's website does now list the Radeon 9550. It does not list the Mobility Radeon 9550, which the iBook uses.

Apple's website only lists the Mobility Radeon 9700, which is used in the latest PowerBooks.
 
Look at the right page: Apple - Mac OS X - Core Image.
 
I'm looking... and? The ONLY graphics card under the Mobility category is the 9700.

Core Image-capable graphics cards include:
ATI Mobility Radeon 9700
ATI Radeon 9550, 9650, 9600, 9600 XT, 9800 XT, X800 XT
nVidia GeForce FX Go 5200
nVidia GeForce FX 5200 Ultra
nVidia GeForce 6800 Ultra DDL, 6800 GT DDL
 
They don't list the ATI 9800 Pro either, but it does work (I'm using one now!). I don't know why they're so sketchy about the cards that support Core Image, and particularly strange is that they did list the 9800 Pro when the page was first created, but then removed it a few days later.

Some rumours have been that they are only showing the cards they sell / support - so maybe they just haven't updated the page yet...?
 
That is the weirdest part. They updated the page as soon as the new iBooks were released, adding the Radeon 9550. I'm heading to an Apple Store later this week. I'm going to check an actual iBook there to see if it is supported once and for all.
 
Then please add your post here... AFAIK it's actually supported. But as I posted, 32 MB VRAM isn't too much for what Core Image/Core Video actually would be used for... (Unless it's really just about the unneeded effect in Dashboard...)
 
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