In recent months, rumors about Apple's plan to move the Mac platform to the ARM chip as soon as possible from 2020 have begun to increase. Today, there is news that the company has taken another big step towards achieving this goal.
According to reports, ARM Chief System Architect Mike Filippo joined Apple last month at the latter's R&D center in Austin, Texas.
During ARM's work (2009 ~ 2019), Filippo led the development of several ARM chips, including the Cortex-A76, Cortex-A72, Cortex-A57 and a variety of upcoming 7nm+ and 5nm chips.
Prior to joining ARM, Filippo was also the Chief System Architect at Intel (2004 ~ 2009). Before Intel, it was a chip designer from AMD (1996 ~ 2004). It can be said that Filippo has a wealth of experience in chip design, and this will greatly help Apple's self-developed ARM chip.
▲ Mike Filippo's updated LinkedIn profile
ARM subsequently issued a statement through Bloomberg confirming the departure of Filippo. The company said, "Mike is an important member of the ARM community. We thank him for all his efforts and wish him continued success in his next career."
Apple's launch of the self-developed ARM chip for the Mac platform will help it get rid of its dependence on Intel, and the development of new Mac products will no longer be dragged down by the chip release schedule. Instead, Apple is able to take advantage of the combination of hardware and software to flexibly adjust product design. The chip strategy in the iPhone and iPad is the best proof.
It has been reported that Apple has been preparing for this goal for many years and is currently gradually implementing it. For example, Apple released the Project Catalyst Catalyst Program at the just-concluded WWDC (which is convenient for developers to port iOS apps to the Mac platform), which is also interpreted as a solid foundation for this goal.