Gerard Williams III was Apple’s senior director in platform architecture. According to the report recently at CNET, it is reported that he left the company last month after nine years of service. It is possible that he might not be the most recognizable name from the tech department, but he held a very important position at Apple company that’s making it a point to design more and more its own components. Gerard Williams lead all the development of Apple processors from the A7, which is appeared on the iPhone 5S at first, to the A12X that’s inside Cupertino’s latest iPad Pros.
As CNET reported, A7 was the first 64-bit processor for any mobile device. Its debut on the iPhone 5S forced Qualcomm to release a 64-bit mobile processor of its own and one that had big issues and wasn’t ready for primetime.
In addition to leading the processor design process, recent years he was also in charge of the layout on Apple’s SOCs (systems-on-a-chip). You can also say that he was the one who always decided the placements of the SOCs’ components, like the CPU, GPU, and memory.
It is still not clear why he left Apple company, and he’s also yet to update his LinkedIn page. William still had a hand in the development of the next few devices which Apple will roll out, maybe because of first Macs powered by in-house processors. Of course, if reports are true that Cupertino is dropping Intel for its own laptop chips are true.