Apple has a new head of hardware engineering Dan Riccio. and teases a “new and wonderful” product
Apple’s hardware team is undergoing its biggest reorganization in nearly a decade. Indeed, changes are underway at Apple, as several of its engineering executives change positions before working on a “new and wonderful” project.
Apple has a new head of hardware engineering Dan Riccio, who has spent nearly 24 years with the company — nine of whom as Apple’s senior vice president of hardware engineering — will move into a new project-focused role and report to CEO Tim Cook, the tech giant announced on Monday (January 25th). Indeed, the role of senior vice president of hardware engineering at Apple is essential: the position reports directly to the CEO and he is responsible for leading the engineering teams of Macs, iPhones, iPads, and iPods.
“Working at Apple has been the opportunity of a lifetime,” Riccio said in a statement, adding that “after 23 years at the helm of our product design and hardware engineering teams… it’s a good time for a change. Then I can’t wait to do what I love the most, which is to devote all my time and energy at Apple to creating something new and wonderful that excites me to the utmost.”
Of course, the Apple version gives no details about the “new and wonderful” product, but customers will of course decide as a last resort whether it ends up being as described. Recent speculation suggests that Apple could take it to the next level in its autonomous electric car projects, with Hyundai having recently hinted that the two companies were in talks about such a project. Apple’s future automotive ambitions are currently led by John Giannandrea, head of artificial intelligence. But following Mansfield’s departure, it would appear that a senior equipment engineer position is vacant on this project.
Besides, rumors suggest that Apple is working on a virtual reality headset and augmented reality goggles that could be launched next year. Beyond these two products, who knows what Riccio could talk about.
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Cook, for his part, certainly has confidence in his latest employee, describing Riccio as a man of “deep expertise and experience [that] makes him a bold and visionary leader of our equipment engineering teams.” Riccio’s vacancy will be filled by John Ternus, who joined Apple’s product design team in 2001 and has been vice president of the company’s hardware engineering unit since 2013. Ternus’ new role will put him in charge of the company’s hardware efforts, in the same way, that Craig Federighi — Apple’s senior vice president of software engineering — is leading the development of iOS and macOS.
During his career with Apple, Ternus oversaw hardware engineering work on a range of products, including the iPhone 12, all iPads, and first-generation AirPods. He also played a key role in the rollout of Apple’s new M1 Macs.
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