Apple Poaches ARM’s Lead CPU Architect, Adds Plausibility to ARM Based-Macs


We have come across numerous reports that point towards Apple making a shift towards its very own ARM-based processors for Mac. The company is expected to make this shift on products that arrive in 2020. Apple has now hired ARM’s Lead CPU architect and has once again hinted at an ARM-based processor ecosystem.

Mike Fillipo, ARM’s lead CPU and system architect joined Apple last month and is based out of Austin, Texas. Fillipo’s LinkedIn page reflects and confirms that is currently working for Apple. It is worth noting that Fillipo worked as Intel’s lead CPU and system architect from 2004 to 2009. Earlier he used to work as a chip designer for AMD (1996 to 2004.) Needless to say, Mike Fillipo will usher in the much-needed ARM expertise whilst working with Apple.

Fillipo is also credited for the development of chips at ARM like the Cortex-A72, Cortex-A76, Cortex A57 and yet to be launched 5nm chips. Fillipo’s departure from ARM has also been discussed extensively on social media and he has indeed joined Apple.

Our Take

Apple is trying to challenge the status quo by building its own ARM-based processors. This will help the company rely less on chips from Intel. In the past, Apple has faced delays in procuring Intel chips. Gerard Williams, Apple’s Lead A-Series Chip designer had left the company earlier this year and in all likelihood, Mike Fillipo has been hired to fill the void.

Apple is already making its own A-series chips for iPhones and iPad. Furthermore, they also design the T2 security chip found in the recent Mac models. As a company, Apple is trying to gain greater control over its component ecosystem and one of the ways to achieve this is by designing chips in-house. The shift to ARM processor is also expected to help developers create a “single binary” that will work across iPhone, iPad, and Mac.

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