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9to5 Mac: Mansfield's role at Apple reduced at his request

  • Sources tell 9to5 Mac former engineering chief Bob Mansfield departed from Apple's (AAPL) executive team out of a desire to focus on chip design and future products (such as the iWatch?).
  • Mansfield's other responsibilities are being split between hardware SVP Dan Riccio (designated as Mansfield's successor before he came out of retirement) and operations SVP Jeff Williams.
  • 9to5 observes delegating some of Mansfield's responsibilities to Riccio means all iPhone/iPad engineering will be "under one roof" instead of being split between multiple teams.
  • Sources claims Mansfield would still like to retire, albeit while continuing to "contribute to Apple in some fashion."
Comments (2)
  • Seems he has a sweet deal, my bet is that he loves what he does but he might love what he hasn't done and that is a risk. Some that have retired early wished they hadn't and some that did are cool with it.
    2 Aug 2013, 06:45 PM Reply Like
  • My guess is that he wants to do the fun parts of the job (talking about and testing new ideas) and not do the tedious parts (managing people, schedules, paperwork, etc, etc). Can't blame him at all.
    3 Aug 2013, 12:40 AM Reply Like
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