During COVID-19, Apple installed cameras in labs to remotely inspect each M1 chip

The pandemic has hit us all hard. However, there is no equal to how much business has suffered. Many companies had to renew their business operations and their vision. This included many large companies, including Apple. Making changes to day-to-day operations is a challenge, especially for large companies. Many new ways had to be introduced to accommodate the ‘new normal’ concept. The biggest is the work from home culture. Therefore, Apple had to come up with new measures to inspect the M1 units before they were officially launched.

Despite all the changes Apple had to make during the Covid 19 pandemic, the engineers did a great job with the final product. In his latest interview, Johny Srouji, Apple’s senior vice president of hardware technologies, discussed the challenges Apple faced and how they overcame them. The Wall Street Journal report shares Srouji’s stance on the challenges more than a thousand engineers faced while in different regions.

“What I’ve learned in life: you think about all the things you can control and then you have to be flexible and adaptive and strong enough to navigate when things don’t go according to plan. For example, Covid was one,” Srouji said.

The M1 validation started as soon as countries around the world started closing in major nationwide lockdowns. This meant that many engineers had to take the risk and be on site to carefully inspect the chips, transistors and other components. Unfortunately, this was not possible due to the pandemic. So Apple came up with a different strategy that didn’t require technicians to interact physically. Cameras were set up in the labs to help engineers inspect each chip from their remote locations. Privacy was another issue that was quite a challenge; at this stage, Apple couldn’t run any risk of leaks related to the M1’s progress.

We really applaud Apple’s ability to overcome the challenges. None of us can say that the M1 has been prepared in such a challenging time and still lacks nothing. The final product that reached the consumer was spotlessly perfect and outperformed many other chips in terms of performance.

Via The Wall Street Journal

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