Apple has a new head of hardware engineering in latest executive shuffle

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Apple’s hardware group is getting its biggest shakeup in just about a decade, as Dan Riccio — who served as the corporate’s senior vice chairman of hardware engineering since 2012 — transitions to “a new function” on the corporate. He’ll get replaced as Apple’s head hardware engineer via John Ternus, who led the hardware group designing the iPhone 12 and 12 Pro, in addition to running on Apple’s M1 chips. Ternus has been vice chairman of hardware engineering at Apple since 2013.

The function of senior vice chairman of hardware engineering at Apple is a key one: the placement experiences at once to CEO Tim Cook and is liable for main the Mac, iPhone, iPad, and iPod engineering groups. Ternus’ new function will put him in price of the corporate’s hardware efforts, a lot in the similar method that Craig Federighi — Apple’s senior vice chairman of tool engineering — runs the advance of iOS and macOS.

Riccio received’t be leaving Apple, regardless that: he’ll be running on an unspecified “new challenge” for the corporate in a function at once reporting to Cook. “Next up, I’m taking a look ahead to doing what I really like maximum — focusing all my time and effort at Apple on growing one thing new and beautiful that I couldn’t be extra enthusiastic about,” explains Riccio in Apple’s announcement.

Dan Riccio, Apple’s now-former SVP of hardware engineering.
Photo: Apple

If that language sounds acquainted, it’s as it’s nearly 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 “paintings on long run tasks” in an unnamed function that reported at once to Cook — which Bloomberg notes incorporated main Apple’s self-driving automotive group till December 2020, when Mansfield absolutely retired from Apple.

Apple’s long run car ambitions are these days being led by artificial intelligence executive John Giannandrea. But following Mansfield’s departure, there would seem to be a emptiness in senior hardware engineers on that challenge.

Riccio’s transfer is the latest departure from Apple’s executive management group in contemporary years, following mythical product clothier Jony Ive (who stepped right down to shape his personal design company, LoveFrom, in November 2019) and Phil Schiller, Apple’s senior vice chairman of international advertising, who used to be changed via Greg Joswiak in 2020 as Schiller refocused on working the App Store and Apple Events.

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