Apple has been one of the companies that has made the most development to use its custom chips in as many products as possible. The company only recently started using the M1 chip in its Macbooks, leaving aside the need to use Intel processors.
However, the company has recently lost talent, not to non-Microsoft. According to the gate BloombergMike Filippo, a chip designer who until now worked with Apple, is said to have left the company to join Microsoft.
Mike Filippo worked for more than 20 years at ARM, designing some of the high-performance chips found in systems at the time, including the Cortex-A57, the first generation of the 64-bit ARM processor.
He’s been with Apple for about two years, and will help the company develop the latest custom chips found in the latest Apple products. However, Microsoft’s proposal seems to be more tempting, and Filippo will now start working with the competitor.
Remember, rumors have it that Microsoft is increasingly investing in owning its own processors and chips, especially for Azure clouds — something both Google and Amazon are currently doing. Having a strong name to help with this task will definitely help.
It’s also important to remember that in the middle of 2020, rumors surfaced that Microsoft could adopt custom chips on its Surface line, and while that hasn’t happened yet, we may have some changes soon if the company’s idea holds.