AMD processors on Mac? It looks like yes, based on new hidden references in the first macOS 10.15.4 beta.
In accordance with the trend observed in recent months, references to AMD processors within macOS Catalina would continue to grow even in the new beta released recently.
As the processors currently used on the Mac come from Intel, the assumptions behind these references in the operating system code are becoming more and more persistent. For its part, Apple has never confirmed this potential change of course or to the sides of the current range. Currently, only AMD graphics cards are used in some MacBook Pro, iMac, iMac Pro and Mac Pro.
But what are these references in the code? References would refer to the codenames of AMD's accelerated processing units (APUs) such as Picasso, Raven, Renoir and Van Gogh. To be clear, the term APU is the one that identifies the CPU with the GPU integrated in the same chip in the same AMD Marketing.
MacOS 10.15.4 Beta 1
NAVI12_A0NAVI21_A0PICASSO_A0RAVEN2_A0RAVEN_A0RENOIR_A0VANGOGH_A0 😳 pic.twitter.com/qFBHg5L0q0
_rogame (@_rogame) February 6, 2020
However, we cannot say when the first Mac with an AMD processor will arrive. These references may only be related to internal tests and not to future plans for the Mac family.