Macs May Finally Be Getting AMD Processors: APU Code Names Spotted in macOS Beta Code

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You won’t find an AMD processor in any of Apple’s current Mac products, but that could be changing. Multiple references to AMD chips have been discovered in the latest beta of MacOS Catalina (10.15.4).

More specifically, there are four code names alluding to various Ryzen APUs: “Picasso,” “Raven,” “Renoir,” and “Van Gough.” Otherwise known as Accelerated Processing Units, these are microprocessors that combine the functionality of a CPU and GPU.

The mention of Ryzen 4000 (“Renoir”) is particularly exciting. AMD launched these 7 nm APUs last month, blending the performance of Zen 2 and Vega graphics into a neat little package. MacBooks could certainly benefit from that level of power.

There was also a rumor going around back in December that Apple was working on a gaming Mac for the e-sports market. The APUs hinted in MacOS 10.15.4 could be a part of that puzzle.

Tsing Mui
Tsing has been writing the news for over 5 years, first at [H]ard|OCP and now at The FPS Review. He has a background in journalism and makes sure to give his readers the relevant context to why each news post matters.

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