When Apple announced at its Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) that it was dropping Intel processors and working on its own Mac chips (called Apple Silicon), the company said it was motivated to maximize performance while reducing power consumption to minimize. But now another report has surfaced to explain Apple's dramatic change.
Speaking to PC Gamer, former Intel engineer François Piednoël said that the decision was only about bugs, bugs, and other bugs.
“Skylake's quality assurance was more than a problem. It was unusually bad. We've quoted way too much for little things in Skylake. Basically, our friends at Apple became the main cause of architecture problems. And that was really, really bad. If your customer finds almost as many errors as you found yourself, don't lead them to the right place. "
Prior to this unveiling, the prevailing thought was that Apple was fed up with Intel's lack of deadlines, which meant Apple had to start Macs with outdated chips. By adopting the processor situation, Apple could better plan its future products and avoid the type of scheduling problems that Intel experienced. It's likely that alongside Piednoël's comments, that still played a role in Apple's decision – after all, launching products with sub-par components looks bad for everyone, but especially for the world's largest technology company.
Piednoël believes that while Apple was considering moving away from Intel, the issues with Skylake were the turning point: “Here, the Apple people who were always thinking about a move looked at it and said, 'Well, we me probably have to do it. "Basically, Skylake's poor quality assurance is responsible for actually moving away from the platform."
However, it is unlikely that this is the only reason Apple made the switch. As Apple explained during WWDC, it makes it much easier for developers building apps for these systems to deploy the full range of products – including Macs, iPhones, and iPads – on the same Apple Silicon architecture. The Skylake chips from Intel were launched in 2015 and are also known as 6th generation processors.
Apple claims that its Apple Silicon processors combine exceptional performance with minimal power consumption and occupy a space that Intel chips could not occupy. We have to make a judgment about it until we can review an Apple Silicon Mac. However, if Apple's claims prove correct, it might be worth waiting for.