For some time now, rumors about Apple's transition to ARM-architecture-own chips on the Macs cooled down not because of an alleged withdrawal from Ma, but simply because no relevant new information had come from Cupertino's pores. Now the machines can go back to work: a heavy hiring suggests that Apple's plans to abandon Intel are in fact in full swing.
As noted by MacRumors, Apple recently hired a remarkable talent from ARM: its about Mike Filippo, who has worked for the British microchip company for the past ten years as a leader in the CPU and systems architecture team.
Prior to the decade at ARM, the professional had previously held a similar position in Intel between 2004 and 2009; prior to that he worked as a chip designer at OMG between 1996 and 2004. That is, Apple is bringing to its field a talent with 25 years of experience developing ARM chips, which is a good sign for the company's transition plans especially after the departure of the senior architecture director. Gerard Williams III at the beginning of the year.
While Filippo's LinkedIn page shows his current ARM position (along with his new architect position at Apple), Bloomberg confirmed with the British company that the professional has recently left the company. The story also suggests that Filippo's arrival at Cupertino may, in fact, help accelerate Ma's plans to build ARM chips for Macs.
Adding the news to last year's news that ARM promises to outperform Intel chips in performance in the near future, the prospects are very positive. The only hope is that Apple will make the slowest, most gradual and secure transition possible. The Catalyst Project is a sign that things will be more stable than the last event of its kind, but we will have to wait and see.