Friday, October 2 2015

Does your Mac support Apple's new Metal API?

Here's a simple program that can tell you

When Apple announced that it was bringing Metal to Mac OS X, it stated that all Macs produced from 2012 onward would support the API. There has been some confusion about the actual requirements, as it's also been shown that only GPUs of a certain specification will support Metal - and that the GPU in the mid-2012 Mac Pro would not be supported.

It now seems that earlier models of the Mac Pro also support Metal, provided they're upgraded to a supported GPU. For example, my 2012 MP running a non-flashed AMD Radeon 7970 supports Metal, and there have been reports that earlier (pre-2012) models of Mac Pro running 7xxx series GPUs also support the Metal API. So here's a simple app I've put together that can let you know whether your Mac can take advantage of Apple's new graphics technology:

This app requires Mac OS 10.11 El Capitan as it utilises the Metal API.

Please post your results and the specs of your Mac to help others considering the upgrade know in advance whether their Mac is supported on the forum here (blog comments are temporarily broken):


If you're reading this on your up to date iPhone or iPad, great news, your device already supports Metal! Check it out at work in my new coloring app 'De Stijl Art Factory' ;)

Tuesday, June 9 2015

FabulousPanda Ltd. has been registered

In a short time, when I've figured out the best means of doing so, ownership and management of will be transferred to the freshly founded FabulousPanda Ltd., a UK registered company, that I may more easily manage business accounts split away from my personal finances. I'm  […]

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Sunday, May 31 2015

The Bitcoin Core vs XT debate and necessary clarifications.

The news that Bitcoin may fork has caused widespread panic among the community. Here I hope to explain a few important facts regarding it's wider implications.

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MacMiner Development Winding Down

A brief explanation of the future of MacMiner

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Saturday, March 21 2015

Setting up Antminer U3 for Mac OS X

U3 Mac support has been sadly neglected, so here's a guide to get you going

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Tuesday, September 9 2014

Apple's iPhone 6 and watch event

Apple has been holding special events for a long time now, but this time they had a few tricks up their sleeve to keep the magic traditionally infused in the events… and I'm not just talking about the apple watch.

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Thursday, February 27 2014

Mining with Gridseed ASICs including DualMiner on Mac OS X

An easy guide for Mac users mining with any Gridseed device, with several compiled miners

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Wednesday, February 19 2014

How to mine MaxCoin on Mac OS X


Another guide from FabulousPanda with some compiled MaxCoin miners

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Sunday, February 9 2014

How to mine VertCoin VTC on Mac OS X

A straightforward guide, with miner binaries for CPU and GPU mining

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Thursday, February 6 2014

How to mine QuarkCoin QRK on Mac OS X

A Complete and Easy guide

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Monday, January 27 2014

If you like zombie flicks…

…and you've seen Shaun of the Dead, check out Juan of the dead.

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Monday, January 20 2014

Google bought Nest - and Tony Fadell

I shouldn't be so surprised about this

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Sunday, January 12 2014

Apple's New Mac Pro…

…I want it… but I’d also like to win the Lottery.

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Wednesday, January 8 2014

Kalkhoff ebike review - Pro Connect S 2010 vs. Bosch Endeavour 2013

Reflecting on 4 years of ebike ownership

A shocking revelation - I’m keeping my iPhone 4. Because more than a 5s, what I really want, is the latest Kalkhoff…

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Friday, December 27 2013

Welcome to the FabulousPanda Blog!

Here you'll find the thoughts of John O'Mara, creator of FabulousPanda and MacMiner. My favourite part of coding the MacMiner website? Ignoring Internet Explorer. Over 95% of users viewing are using Mac OS or iOS, and of the mobile users around 95% are using iOS and just under 5%  […]

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