AMD Macs? Apple’s latest macOS beta code references AMD processors and graphics cards

Are AMD Macs on the horizon? References to upcoming AMD processors, graphics cards and APUs (chips that combine CPUs and GPUs) have been spotted in code for macOS 10.15.4 beta 1 by Twitter user @_rogame. The code alludes to AMD’s Navi 21, Renoir, and Van Gogh, as well as other chips rumored to be in AMD’s pipeline.

AMD Macs? Apple's Mac Pro currently features Intel Xeon processors up to 28 cores
Apple’s Mac Pro currently features Intel Xeon processors up to 28 cores
Alex Blake for Digital Trends:

Given that MacOS is currently on version 10.15.3, the code could suggest Apple is working on support for a broad array of AMD processors sooner rather than later. It also adds to previous leaks surrounding support for upcoming AMD products in the MacOS operating system.

The references to Navi 21 are particularly interesting. According to rumors, this top-secret graphics card could be twice as fast — and twice as large — as the Navi 10 chip currently inside AMD’s 5700 XT GPU…

The Ryzen 4000 generation of chips is known under the code name “Renoir,” making the reference to this particular painter in the MacOS 10.15.4 beta code especially intriguing.

MacDailyNews Take: As we wrote back in February 2017, “It’s almost as if AMD designed RYZEN with Apple in mind.” Do you think AMD Macs are on the horizon (WWDC 2020)?

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “Fred Mertz” and “chefpastry” for the heads up.]


  1. Does it make any sense for Apple to buy AMD? AMD’s market cap at ~$58 billion is inflated. Naaa, I don’t see it. Too expensive. I still think that if they are serious about building a car they might as well buy Ford. That company is being hit with bad press – replacing a few execs – and a market cap of only $32B. The car idea still seems too out-there.

  2. Apple just lost it’s chip fab plant to the coronavirus! Hopefully this will only last a couple of days/weeks, but it does have an all-your-eggs-in-one-basket feel. Could Apple get AMD to make A series chips? Or is that the same TSMC plant?

    I don’t see why Apple would buy AMD if they are already using the same chip-fab facility.

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