Patently Apple reported today that Apple has filed two new patents one in the US for the unreleased Pro Display XDR and another in Europe for their custom video production designed graphic card, Afterburner.
Patently Apple notes the type of patent Apple used for the Pro Display XDR, saying:
Apple filed it under International Class 009 covering “Computer Monitors.” Apple asserts a claim of priority based on Liechtenstein application number 2019-290, filed 04/16/2019
Apple’s patent for the Afterburner gets a little more complicated, with the listing simply stating it’s use a graphics accelerator, and multi-media hardware.
Specifics of Apple’s afterburner are still unclear, but here is what we know so far:
Apple introduced the Afterburner at WWDC 2019 alongside the new Mac Pro. On stage, Apple talks about how Afterburner uses “field-programmable gate array” which they claim is capable of decoding up to three different videos of 8K footage, or 12 videos of 4K footage in real-time.