Apple MacBook Pro 2016 Could Feature AMD Polaris 11 GPU
For the past few days, we’ve been hearing rumors that Apple could reveal its new MacBook Pro 2016 during its next week’s WWDC event. However, it’s highly unlikely to happen considering WWDC is an event for developers where the Cupertino usually unveils its next versions of the mobile and desktop operating systems. This year, we are expecting to see iOS 10, Mac OS X 10.12, updates to tvOS, and watchOS, as well first revamp to Apple Music bringing a broad design overhaul to the app.
In other words, Apple won’t be unveiling any new hardware – be it the 2016 MacBook Pro refresh or a fancy 5K Thunderbolt Display – at WWDC this year. But that doesn’t mean we’ll have to wait for long; chances are the new MacBook Pro 2016 could launch later this month, with the shipping rumored to start in August.
If previous reports are to be believed, the next MacBook Pro will be significantly lighter and thinner thanks to the incorporation of USB type-C and an altogether removal of the HDMI port. In addition to this, the MacBook Pro 2016 could come with Touch ID support and a brand new OLED display on board.
However, what’s more interesting is that Apple might move away from Nvidia and use an AMD Polaris 11 GPU in its upcoming Pro model. The possible reason is that AMD chips are relatively thinner that could help make those MacBooks lighter.
If not for the size, Nvidia’s 16nm low-power chips won’t be ready in time for the new MacBook Pro 16. Which means once they come out in 2017 could make a return to the notebook, who knows?
Meanwhile, we could see some more MacBook based designs that could be powered by the Polaris architecture, as well. This is a good news for AMD considering Apple sells a lot of its computers which will help boost revenue generated by its Radeon Technologies Group (RTG).