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Provided by an anonymous leaker, it looks like Apple’s next 16-inch flagship MacBook Pro may be equipped with AMD Radeon RX 5300M or 5500M Navi GPU. The

message comes from MacRumors. The post can also extract references to the Radeon card in the code of Apple’s latest macOS Catalina 10.15.1 update, further legitimizing the rumors.

As always, healthy skepticism is cultivated because Apple has not confirmed this. Nevertheless, AMD’s Navi-based mobile GPUs will be very suitable for the next generation of MacBook Pros, mainly because all of Apple’s laptops have used AMD products for most of the past five years. However, we cannot completely rule out the switch to NVIDIA mobile GPUs, which may be exactly what the acclaimed notebook series desperately needs.

In terms of performance, AMD Radeon RX 5300M and RX 5500M lag behind Intel's equivalent GeForce GTX 1660 Ti MaxQ, so for those who want to use the next-generation MacBook Pro for intensive tasks, this is not necessarily good news. Apple's software optimization work may alleviate this situation slightly, but we will have to wait to see how this translates to manual performance.

As for the 16-inch MacBook Pro as a whole, a leaked image claims to be able to personally show the appearance of the new laptop. According to MacRumors, it is apparently from the macOS Catalina 10.15.1 code again. Unlike existing models, it has a physical Esc key, a slimmer display frame, a discreet scissor keyboard mechanism, and a separate touch ID sensor, but the controversial Touch Bar still exists.

After several turbulent years, Apple is eager to use 16 inches to elevate the MacBook Pro to the height of the past, when it became a high-end notebook that became synonymous with ease of operation, productivity and powerful features.

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