A former engineer, Intel says that the problems of Skylake marked a turning point in the transition to ARM, Apple Mac


Apple has announced this week its intention to switch to Intel processors to ARM chips on the Mac, that the company called “Apple Silicon Mac”. This is not surprising since the project Mac ARM has been the subject of rumors for a long time, but one of the main reasons for this transition have been the recent problems with Intel.François Piednoël, a former engineer at Intel, said PCGamer that Apple is no longer satisfied of the Intel processors since the introduction of the architecture Skylake in 2015. The report indicates that the processors Intel Skylake had several problems at the time, and that Apple is the client with the largest number of complaints about the architecture.

The quality assurance of Skylake is more than a problem, it was abnormally bad. We are becoming too numerous to cite small things to the interior of Skylake. Basically, our friends from Apple have become the first signaller of architecture issues. And this is really wrong.

Apple was first used in the processors Skylake with the iMac 2015, and the company has also launched the MacBook 2016 and MacBook Pro 2016 with the same processor architecture. “Basically, the poor quality assurance of Skylake is responsible for the real start of the platform. […] Apple must really hate Skylake “, explained Piednoël.

It is no secret that Apple has been in the pipeline for Mac affected by Intel several times, but personally, I don’t think this is the only reason for the transition to the “Apple Silicon Mac”. Apple has always been a company that values the integration of hardware and software, and this is only possible if you control everything that happens inside a device.

This is why the company began to manufacture its own chips from the Apple A4 in 2010, which was equipped with the first iPad and iPhone 4. There were already rumors and speculations at the time about the time where Apple would drop Intel for its own processors. It was something that would happen sooner or later.

The chips Apple on the iPhone and iPad have proven that they can deliver better performance and improved security while maintaining energy efficiency. The transition to Mac was no longer a question of “if” but “when”.

In spite of this, although the transition is not complete, Apple said that the company plans to launch new Mac models with Intel processors.

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