After the partnership between Apple and Imagination Technologies the company providing graphics technology used in iOS devices dissolved, the iPhone maker is reportedly looking at ways to build the technology in-house. Now, confirming the same is Apple s latest job postings for its London office where it is seeking applications related to its home grown GPU development project. Also Read - Apple sells more iPads in early 2021 than ever, grows along with SamsungAlso Read - Apple Podcasts Subscriptions and channels go live in 170 countries starting today
The job postings on Apple s UK-based job board lists about 11 positions for hardware engineers related to the design of the in-house GPU. One of the listings for an Engineering Program Manager seeks a candidate to join a newly formed graphics design team and assist in program co-ordination locally, and with teams globally. The role involves working with the design teams on definition of the architecture, spec, design and verification of graphics IP from concept through to silicon. A separate listing asks for candidates with a “deep understanding of the micro-architectural details of designs, and how they work within the broader GPU.” Also Read - Apple TV+ free trial will now be available for 3 months instead of a year: What to do?
While the job postings are of immediate nature and clearly indicate that Apple indeed is looking at ways to build its own GPU chips; it is unlikely that the chips will be built anytime soon. As an Apple Insider report notes, Apple s home-grown GPU chips won t be ready for 15 to 24 months, which means the first iPhone to contain the custom chips could be ready by 2018. ALSO READ: Apple iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus red color variant to be available in India this week
Interestingly, Apple had been using GPU chips on its iPhone from Imagination Technologies since the OG unit was launched in 2007. However, given that Apple has decided to discontinue outsourcing technology, it makes for a strategic move to bring the development in-house. The move will also give Apple more control over the GPU on its mobile devices, similar to how it has over the A-series processor which has been designed by Apple and manufactured by companies such as Samsung and TSMC.
It is worth mentioning that the decision to stop using Imagination Technologies GPU units came as a hard blow to the company, and its shares plunged 66 percent at one time. In its statement, the GPU chip maker announced that Apple will stop using its intellectual property in its new products within 15 months to two years. The company also subtly hinted towards how it would be extremely challenging for Apple to design a new GPU architecture from scratch. This is primarily over fears of Apple infringing on Imagination Technologies intellectual property rights which could potentially bring lawsuit against the iPhone maker. ALSO READ: Apple to end support for 32-bit apps on iOS 11