Apple loses the key engineer behind its iPhone chips that change game

Apple & # 39; s iOS devices are among & # 39; the world's most powerful mobile gadgets, largely thanks to the company's chip design capabilities. But it seems that the company may have lost one of the most important people behind its silicon success.

Gerard Williams III, senior director of platform architecture at Apple, left the company after nine years at the Cupertino colossus, a source that was told CNET. Williams would be responsible for every processor from the A7 in the iPhone 5s to the A12X that was featured in the latest iPad Pro line.

The A7 was the first 64-bit smartphone chip to be seen in a commercial product and its arrival surprised the Android world. After the launch, there were suggestions that Qualcomm & # 39; s first 64-bit flagship chipset (the Snapdragon 810) was a stop-gap release in a hurried attempt to compete.

Apple has since enjoyed a long period of silicon domination, as it consistently performed better chips from Android OEM & # 39; s and chip manufacturers in most benchmark tests. But it certainly looks like the Snapdragon 855 processor from Qualcomm has narrowed the gap with the current gen-A12 chip.

Making mobile chipsets is a team achievement, but it is clear that Williams & # 39; direction had a major impact on Apple's mobile hardware; everyone who imitates him makes big profits. Whether that is Google, Huawei, MediaTek, Qualcomm, Samsung or anyone else, we don't know. Anyway, here we hope that the loss of Apple is the profit of Android.

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