Blender has announced Apple’s partnership with the organization to support the development of a free open-source 3D graphics tool. Blender Development Fund uses donations to support activities that provide free and open services for all contributors like code review, technical documentation, onboarding, and bug fixing to corporations and professionals. The funds are also utilized to support developers on generic and widely agreed development projects.
In November 2020, Cupertino tech giant joined the Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions (ATIS) on its Next G Alliance project. The primary objective of the venture is to “establish North American preeminence in the 5G evolutionary path and 6G development”. Other tech companies like Google, Intel, Sony Ericsson, LG, Nokia are also members of the group.
Apple joins Blender Development Fund to provide engineering expertise and more
As per the announcement, Apple is not only a patron of the organization but will also provide engineering expertise, resources, and support to the Blender artists and developers.
The Blender Foundation, the organization behind the popular open source 3D creation tool “Blender”, today announced that Apple has joined the Blender Development Fund as a Patron Member to support continued core development for Blender.
Alongside a contribution to the Development Fund, Apple will provide engineering expertise and additional resources to the Blender HQ and development community to help support Blender artists and developers.
Ton Roosendaal, CEO of Blender further elaborated that “macOS will be back as a complete supported Blender platform” and Apple has submitted its first official patch “Metal backend for Cycles GPU rendering on macOS.”
First official patch submitted by Apple: Metal backend for Cycles GPU rendering on macOS. https://t.co/DdHP6u8znp
— Ton Roosendaal (@tonroosendaal) October 14, 2021
Big wigs of the tech industry are patrons of the organization like AMD, Nvidia, Microsoft, Unity, Facebook, Intel, Google, and many more. Depending on the budget, tech enthusiasts can become a patron by picking a membership plan, ranging from $6 to $300 per month. Apple itself has programs to support developers, especially from brown, black, and unrepresented communities.