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Provided by an anonymous leaker, it looks like Apple’s upcoming 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 Radeon cards in the code of Apple’s latest macOS Catalina 10.15.1 update, further legitimizing the rumors.

As always, healthy skepticism has been cultivated, because Apple has not confirmed this. Nonetheless, AMD’s Navi-based mobile GPUs will be very suitable for the next generation of MacBook Pros, mainly because Apple has used AMD products in all of its laptops for most of the past five years. However, we cannot rule out a full shift to NVIDIA mobile GPUs, which may be exactly what the previously acclaimed notebook series desperately needed.

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 ease this situation slightly, but we must wait and see how this translates to manual performance.

As for the overall 16-inch MacBook Pro, a leaked image claims to be able to personally show the appearance of the new laptop. According to MacRumors, it apparently comes from the macOS Catalina 10.15.1 code again. Unlike existing models, it has a physical Esc key, a thinner display frame, a low-profile scissor switch keyboard mechanism and an independent touch ID sensor, but the controversial Touch Bar still exists.

After several turbulent years, Apple is eager to use 16 inches to raise the MacBook Pro to the height of the past, when it was synonymous with the features, productivity and ease of power of high-end notebook computers.

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