12.5 C
New York
Friday, October 30, 2020
Home News Former Intel engineer reveals the truth about the Mac’s switch to Apple...

Former Intel engineer reveals the truth about the Mac’s switch to Apple Silicon

When Apple announced at its Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) that it was ditching Intel processors and working on its own Mac chips (dubbed Apple Silicon), the company said it was motivated by a desire to maximize performance while minimizing power consumption. But now another account has emerged to explain Apple’s dramatic switch.

Speaking to PC Gamer, former Intel engineer François Piednoël explained the decision was all about bugs, bugs, and more bugs.

“The quality assurance of Skylake was more than a problem. It 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 many bugs as you found yourself, you’re not leading into the right place.”

Prior to this revelation, the prevailing thought has been that Apple grew tired of Intel missing deadlines, which led to Apple having to launch Macs with outdated chips. By taking control of the processor situation, Apple would be able to better plan its future products and avoid the kind of deadline headaches it was experiencing with Intel. It is likely that this still played a part in Apple’s decision, in addition to Piednoël’s comments — after all, launching products with sub-par components looks bad for anyone, but especially for the world’s largest tech company.

Piednoël believes that, while Apple was already considering moving away from Intel, the problems with Skylake were the tipping point: “This is where the Apple guys who were always contemplating to switch, they went and looked at it and said: ‘Well, we’ve probably got to do it.’ Basically, the bad quality assurance of Skylake is responsible for them to actually go away from the platform.”

Still, it is unlikely this is the only reason Apple made the switch. As Apple explained during WWDC, putting its entire product line-up — including Macs, iPhones, and iPads — on the same Apple Silicon architecture makes things a lot easier for developers who make apps for these systems. Intel’s Skylake chips were launched back in 2015, also known as its 6th-generation processors.

Apple claims that its Apple Silicon processors will combine exceptional performance with minimal power draw, occupying a space that Intel chips could not. We will have to reserve judgment on that until we are able to review an Apple Silicon Mac, but if Apple’s claims prove accurate, it could be a device worth waiting for.

Latest

Just $40, this 5-in-1 tool checks grammar, spelling, and more

Students aren’t the only people who will tell you that writing is difficult. Taking thoughts and ideas and putting them to paper, or typing them out, is easier said than done.When it comes to writing, there are myriad things to worry about. There’s spelling and grammar, of course, but there’s also style, context, repetition, sentence length, passive voice, and much more.With the pandemic affecting so many people across the globe, millions are being forced to work from home. How strong are you at communicating your thoughts in emails and messages?Similarly, personal blogs, social media, and websites are seeing an uptick. Chances are good you may know someone who is ready to finally start that book they’ve long wanted to write.While you might not have the next best-selling book hidden deep inside, tools like WhiteSmoke can really improve your writing.FeaturesDetect & correct errors in grammar, sentence structure, capitalization, and moreQuickly check & prevent typos and other spelling mistakes in your email, reports, and other documentsIdentify stylistic errors, including monotony & tenses, and get options on how to correct themCorrect less-obvious to confusing punctuation mistakesTranslate your texts, websites, & more in over 50 languagesIn addition to checking for spelling and grammar, the tool will address tone, vague wording, run-on sentences, clarity, and other common problems.Take your writing to a whole new level with WhiteSmoke. A lifetime subscription to the Web Plan is just $39.99 (93 percent off) in the AndroidGuys Deals Store for a limited time. Step up to the Premium or Business plans and get access to even more helpful tools.WhiteSmoke: Web Plan ($39.99)Compatible with all browsersGrammar checkerPlagiarism checker (500 credits per month)TranslatorWhiteSmoke: Premium Plan ($59.99)Compatible with Windows 7/8/10, macOS Sierra (10.12), all browsers, MS Office, GmailGrammar checkerPlagiarism checkerTranslatorOne-click instant proofreadingIntegrated with all writing platforms1 computer licenseWhiteSmoke: Business Plan ($99.99)Compatible with Windows 7/8/10, macOS Sierra (10.12), all browsers, MS Office, GmailGrammar checkerPlagiarism checker (500 credits per month)Translator3 computer licenseOne-click instant proofreadingIntegrated with all writing platformsPhone customer supportExtended download warrantyBest SellersSave even more!For every $25 you spend in the AG Deals Store you get $1 credit added to your account. And, if you refer the deal via social media or an email that results in a purchase, you’ll earn $10 credit in your account.First Time Buying?If this is your first time buying, you are also eligible for 10% discount! Just be sure to subscribe for email updates.Free StuffNot looking to spend any money today? No worries. You can still visit the AndroidGuys section for freebies and pick something anyhow.

The Galaxy Tab S7+ is the best Android tablet you can buy right now

The best Android tablet available right now is the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+. It has a big screen, high-end specs,

Genshin Impact: How to enter Stormterror’s Lair

Can't get inside that massive wind dome? We're here to help.Exploring the massive open world of Genshin Impact gives me

Google blasts past expectations with a big rebound in Q3 earnings

Revenue for Search, YouTube, and "Other Revenue" (which includes Pixel phones) were all up.What you need to knowAlphabet's earning for