Tuesday, Jan 26, 2021, 11:23 Tips & Reports

Intel Engineer: How Intel Upset Apple So Much that Cupertino Made Switch to ARM

There were already indications that Apple was preparing to leave Intel and make the switch to in-house processors years ago. More reports confirming this flooded in between 2014 and 2015. It was only a matter of time until the switch was to be made, and Apple was reportedly already hard at work on the new M1 processors. Now, a former Intel engineer, François Piednoël, has confirmed that Apple made the decision to abandon Intel was made in 2015. The final straw that broke the camel's back came after several control fiascos and Intel's unsuccessful product development in 2015.

Intel: From Reliable Partner...
15 years ago, when Apple said goodbye to PowerPC processors and replaced them with Intel processors, they didn't do so because Intel was considered the most innovative manufacturer on the market. At the time, Intel seen to be more reliable than the alternatives. Intel scored points for their production technology as the name of the game changed from "highest possible clock rate" to "best possible efficiency". However, in more recent years, Intel was forced to change platforms multiple times, shaking up Apple's plans.







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To Problem
Intel's 2015 Skylake architecture frustrated Apple so much, that they were unable to foresee any future partnership with the company. There were major deficits apparent in Intel's quality control process that year, with a verdict of "abnormally bad". There were far too many errors present in the chip, the majority of which were reported by Apple. From then on things went, "really, really bad", according to Piednoël, stating that if the customer finds more issues with your product than your own company – then something has gone wrong.

Votes To Switch To ARM Prevail In 2014/2015
Even before the crisis, there were those at Apple who wanted to make the switch to in-house processors. The Skylake disaster served as a turning point, with Intel's poor work on the chip only further solidifying the desire at Apple to undergo a platform change.