- 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."
9to5 Mac: Mansfield's role at Apple reduced at his request
Aug 2 2013, 18:39 ET