02 July 2020
Apple at its recently held WWDC event announced that it will soon make a shift to ARM-based processors for its Mac products and a complete shift will take 2 years to complete. Apple gave a good amount of time in stating what this switch will mean for the future Mac users and what kind of performance you can expect from them.
Apple promised the platform will unlock stronger performance without consuming much battery. Apple also aims to consolidate the architectures across all its different platforms, from iPhone through iPad, and finally into its laptop and desktop range. But that is reportedly not the only reason why Apple is making a shift.
According to an Intel insider, Apple decided to shift from Intel to its own silicon chips due to the bad Quality Assurance (QA) of Skylake processors. The insider stresses that this transition was always under consideration by Apple. He believes, “if the company hadn’t found so many issues within the Skylake architecture it would still be on board the Intel chip train,” report cites the insider.
He further stated,
The quality assurance of Skylake was abnormally bad. We were getting way too much citing for little things inside Skylake. Basically our buddies at Apple became the number one filer of problems in the architecture. And that went really, really bad…When your customer starts finding almost as much bugs as you found yourself, you're not leading into the right place.
PC Gamers reminds us that this is just a publicly stated opinion of one former Intel engineer and it may not be a true fact or the only reason for the switch, but still, it is an interesting perspective on why Apple shifted.