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thought has been that Apple grew tired of Intel missing deadlines, which led to Apple having to launch Macs with outdated chips.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… Read full this story
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