Bob Mansfield, chief of hardware engineering for Apple, is leaving the company. Not really a resignation though, Mansfield has decided to retire. Mansfield has been heading hardware at Apple since 1999, and he has been behind the hardware of the iPhone and the iPad since 2010.
Dan Riccio, who has been working for Apple since 1998 and is currently the vice-president of hardware engineering for the iPad, will be replacing Mansfield. The choice to take the iPad leader to lead the general hardware team may hint at Apple's future, or may just reflect the company's benefiting employees who have been with them for longer.
"We are very sad to have him (Bob Mansfield) leave and hope he enjoys every day of his retirement," said Apple CEO Tim Cook in a statement, "Dan Riccio has been one of Bob’s key lieutenants for a very long time and is very well respected within Apple and by the industry."