Earlier this month we learned that Apple would be abandoning its use of IMG’s graphics technology for iOS devices in two years time. At the time, Imagination Technologies (IMG) had some doubts about Apple’s ability to produce its own mobile GPU but it looks like Apple is looking to prove them wrong, as the company has begun a hiring spree in search of graphics engineers.
Right now, IMG relies on Apple for a good chunk of its income. The company also didn’t see this move coming as Imagination execs believe it would be nearly impossible for Apple to design a new mobile GPU without infringing on at least one of its patents. Still, Apple is going to do it anyway and is already hiring for a UK-based development team.
According to Electronics Weekly, these are the GPU-related jobs Apple is currently hiring for:
- Design Verification Engineer
- Design Verification Lead
- Engineering Program Manager
- Graphics Content Engineer
- Graphics hardware Performance Engineer
- Graphics Micro Architect
- Graphics RTL Design Engineer
- Graphics Senior RTL Design Engineer
- Hardware Modeling Engineer
- RTL Design Engineer
- RTL Power Optimisation Engineer
Apple does have GPU-related teams set up at some of its other campus locations already and apparently, many former Imagination Technologies employees have already jumped ship to Apple. Once its own GPU is built and ready, Apple will no longer have to pay royalties for licensed graphics tech inside of its iPads or iPhones.
KitGuru Says: It was already assumed that Apple would be building its own GPU once its deal with Imagination expires in two years but this new hiring spree seems to set that in stone. Now we just have to wait and see what Apple can come up with next. The company has already succeeded with its own CPU architecture, so hopefully its future GPU tech will live up to the same standard.