If you’re a gamer, then you’ve probably heard of the popular PC and Mac game distribution software called Steam. It’s developed by Valve Corporation (also the maker of popular puzzle games Portal and Portal 2) and it looks like Apple is expressing some sort of interest in the company. According to AppleInsider, Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, paid a visit to the headquarters of Valve today. His reasons are unknown, but it is speculated that the two company’s may begin some sort of collaboration in the future.
Valve’s Steam software was brought to the Mac nearly two years ago in May of 2010. Gamers were excited for this release not only because they could play Portal and other games on Apple’s OS, but also because many of them now had a reason to look into a Mac. However, Apple’s entry-level MacBook still doesn’t have the graphics power that many other notebooks in the same price range do.
One thing that may improve this — not by a lot, but at least some — is Intel’s new Ivy Bridge processor line, which is rumored to release this month. It will bring improved integrated graphics performance, but still nothing that compares to that of Nvidia and AMD. Right now, a better graphics card can’t be added to the 13-inch MacBook Pro and is only available on the 15-inch and 17-inch models. However, the entry-level iMac offers a dedicated 512 MB of graphics RAM using AMD’s Radeon HD 6750M. With every refresh, Apple improves the specs of their Macs by a little. Hopefully this year’s MacBook Pro will have a good dedicated card for gamers.