AMD Ryzen 4000 and the new Macs

AMD Ryzen 4000 and the new Macs
AMD Ryzen 4000 and the new Macs

The AMD Ryzen 4000 processor is a beast in every sense of the word, and Apple knows it. And that’s why Apple is looking very closely at these new processors that are surprising the industry with their new features.

As it turns out now, in the recently released Catalina 10.15.4 macOS beta 1 we have traces of AMD processor codes.

Those codes are specifically Picasso, Raven, Renoir and Van Gogh: they are artist names but also code names to refer to processors like the Ryzen 4000. Logically, this raises the suspicion that Apple could be preparing to launch Macs that leave aside Intel processors and equip their MacBooks with the new super-powerful AMD chips.

And this is certainly a great opportunity to develop new Macs with greater capacity and performance

The developer @_rogame is the one who has spread these codes through Twitter:

AMD Ryzen 4000, the new Mac processor?

The range of AMD processors is very wide, so it’s too difficult to pinpoint on which Mac we might see the arrival of that processor. You might see the Ryzen range in iMacs and/or MacBook Pros, or that amazing Threadripper 399X in machines like the iMac Pro. Or, as those who follow Apple’s every move say, that mysterious 100% gamer-oriented Mac that appeared in the rumors that started last year.

If Apple is doing its part to optimize Macs for these processors’ architecture, the effect of this could be the arrival of higher-performance Macs with even a slight drop in price to match what AMD uses to sell those chips. It is at the moment something very diffuse and not by any means confirmed, but of course it is very interesting.

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After all, who wouldn’t want a Mac with enormous power, but at a fraction of its price? And this may be possible, thanks to the cheaper but no less powerful AMD processors.



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