Apple has poached a top engineer from ARM as it seeks to put Macs in the coming years. As spotted by Bloomberg Apple has hired Mike Filippo, the lead architect on a number of ARM CPU designs, including the Cortex-A76, which was recently featured inside Qualcomm's top-of-the-line Snapdragon 855 chip
Bloomberg speculates that Filippo may have been left at the helm. Filippo wants to do, but ARM confirmed to Bloomberg that he left. Prior to that, he held similar roles at Intel and AMD:
When the Cortex-A76 was issued last year, Filippo told CNET Apple has for years made smartphone and tablet processors that outperform chips from rivals, designing its own cores instead of licensing them from ARM, and that's true with ARM's latest designs.
ARM and Apple are not entirely in competition, though. While Apple does not use ARM's processor designs – as other companies, like Qualcomm, do – it does rely on ARM's instruction set when designing its own. Bringing to someone who's deeply familiar with creating chip designs based on ARM's tech is a natural step.
With Apple's chips already attending a commanding lead in smartphones and tablets, the company is said Macs in the next couple years. It would be a huge shift for Apple's laptops and desktops that could require a lot of rewritten code. But it would allow Apple to become Intel's own, which has been slow in recent years to push ahead with processor advancements, and achieve even integration of the hardware and software within its devices.