The Real Reason Apple Went For ARM CPU Transition: Intel’s Skylake Exhibit Quality Issues

Apple held the WWDC earlier this week and in one word, the event was spectacular. While they did announce new updates to the operating systems, Apple’s biggest announcement was perhaps for its Macs. The company had decided that over the course of the next two years, they would be shifting the current entire Mac lineup over to their proprietary ARM (they didn’t name it) chips.

Now though, this was something that was long due. Perhaps Apple would be doing better in the production process and with the integration, we would see some serious performance gains. We saw these gains in the current generation of iPad Pros which managed to beat some mid-tier laptops as well.

Now though, an article posted on MacRumors explains why Apple decided to take this major step now. While a company’s planning is something that takes place 5 years or more in advance, there are certain developments that have to be pushed up the line. In this case, Apple decided to move towards its in-house chips sooner than later. We would be seeing the first Mac with the new chip later this year.

The post says though that Apple decided to shift gears since the quality control with the Skylake chips which had bugs and performance drops, didn’t quite resonate with the company’s standards. To quote him, as from the post:

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.

Either way, this marks a new transition for the company. It opens up new avenues and not to mention, there is so much Apple could do with their computers. Of course, we would definitely see better performance and availability as well. Let’s see if Apple brings down the price with the cost cuts.


Sarmad Burki

Sarmad Burki is a Mathematician and a Economist with a passion for all things gaming and tech. His academics and professional experience combined with tech and gaming adds to his skills giving him a unique ability to observe the tech and gaming industry from various prespectives.
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