Apple’s {hardware} workforce is getting its biggest shakeup in almost a decade, as Dan Riccio — who served as the corporate’s senior vice chairman of {hardware} engineering since 2012 — transitions to “a brand new position” on the firm. He’ll get replaced as Apple’s head {hardware} engineer by John Ternus, who led the {hardware} workforce designing the iPhone 12 and 12 Professional, along with engaged on Apple’s M1 chips. Ternus has been vice chairman of {hardware} engineering at Apple since 2013.

The position of senior vice chairman of {hardware} engineering at Apple is a key one: the place reviews on to CEO Tim Cook dinner and is chargeable for main the Mac, iPhone, iPad, and iPod engineering groups. Ternus’ new position will put him answerable for the corporate’s {hardware} efforts, a lot in the identical manner that Craig Federighi — Apple’s senior vice chairman of software program engineering — runs the event of iOS and macOS.

Riccio received’t be leaving Apple, although: he’ll be engaged on an unspecified “new venture” for the corporate in a task instantly reporting to Cook dinner. “Subsequent up, I’m trying ahead to doing what I really like most — focusing all my time and vitality at Apple on creating one thing new and fantastic that I couldn’t be extra enthusiastic about,” explains Riccio in Apple’s announcement.

Dan Riccio, Apple’s now-former SVP of {hardware} engineering.
Photograph: Apple

If that language sounds acquainted, it’s as a result of it’s virtually the very same description that Apple supplied for Riccio’s predecessor, Bob Mansfield, when he stepped down as SVP of {hardware} engineering in 2012. Like Riccio, Mansfield transitioned to “work on future tasks” in an unnamed position that reported on to Cook dinner — which Bloomberg notes included main Apple’s self-driving automobile workforce till December 2020, when Mansfield absolutely retired from Apple.

Apple’s future automotive ambitions are at present being led by artificial intelligence executive John Giannandrea. However following Mansfield’s departure, there would seem like a emptiness in senior {hardware} engineers on that venture.

Riccio’s transfer is the most recent departure from Apple’s government management workforce in recent times, following legendary product designer Jony Ive (who stepped right down to kind his personal design agency, LoveFrom, in November 2019) and Phil Schiller, Apple’s senior vice chairman of worldwide advertising, who was changed by Greg Joswiak in 2020 as Schiller refocused on working the App Retailer and Apple Occasions.

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