Apple SVP of Hardware, Bob Mansfield, to retire. Dan Riccio to take his place.

Apple SVP of Hardware, Bob Mansfield, to retire. Dan Riccio to take his place.

The man responsible for producing all the hardware that powers all of Apple's designs and software, Senior Vice President Bob Mansfield, is retiring. There's not much more to the story at this point, but he's obviously got Apple money, and like Jon Rubinstein, Tony Fadell, and Bertrand Serlet before him, he's done what he set out to accomplish, and is ready for the next chapter.

“Bob has been an instrumental part of our executive team, leading the hardware engineering organization and overseeing the team that has delivered dozens of breakthrough products over the years,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “We are very sad to have him leave and hope he enjoys every day of his retirement.”

Unless and until there's more to report, we're simply thank him for all the work he put in and all the tremendous products he helped bring to market, and wish him health, happiness, peace, and joy in whatever comes next.

Mansfield's replacement will be Dan Riccio, who previously worked for Mansfield in the hardware division as VP of iPad hardware.

“Dan has been one of Bob’s key lieutenants for a very long time and is very well respected within Apple and by the industry,” added Cook. “Our hardware engineering team is the best engineering team on earth and will not miss a beat during the transition.”

Full press release below:

Bob Mansfield, Apple’s Senior Vice President of Hardware Engineering, to Retire

Dan Riccio to Take Over Role When Transition is Complete

CUPERTINO, California—June 28, 2012—Apple® today announced that Bob Mansfield, Apple’s senior vice president of Hardware Engineering, will retire and the role will be transitioned to Dan Riccio, Apple’s vice president of iPad Hardware Engineering, over several months. The entire hardware engineering team will continue to report to Mansfield until his departure.

“Bob has been an instrumental part of our executive team, leading the hardware engineering organization and overseeing the team that has delivered dozens of breakthrough products over the years,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “We are very sad to have him leave and hope he enjoys every day of his retirement.”

“Dan has been one of Bob’s key lieutenants for a very long time and is very well respected within Apple and by the industry,” added Cook. “Our hardware engineering team is the best engineering team on earth and will not miss a beat during the transition.”

As senior vice president of Hardware Engineering, Mansfield has led Mac® hardware engineering since 2005, iPhone® and iPod® hardware engineering since 2010, and iPad® hardware engineering since its inception. Mansfield joined Apple in 1999 when Apple acquired Raycer Graphics, where he was vice president of Engineering. Mansfield earned a BSEE degree from the University of Texas at Austin in 1982.

Riccio currently serves as vice president of iPad Hardware Engineering and has been instrumental in all of Apple’s iPad products since the first generation iPad. Riccio joined Apple in 1998 as vice president of Product Design and has been a key contributor to most of Apple’s hardware over his career. Dan earned a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 1986.

Apple designs Macs, the best personal computers in the world, along with OS X, iLife, iWork and professional software. Apple leads the digital music revolution with its iPods and iTunes online store. Apple has reinvented the mobile phone with its revolutionary iPhone and App Store, and is defining the future of mobile media and computing devices with iPad.

Rene Ritchie

Editor-in-Chief of iMore, co-host of Iterate, Debug, Review, The TV Show, Vector, ZEN & TECH, and MacBreak Weekly podcasts. Cook, grappler, photon wrangler. Follow him on Twitter and Google+.

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There are 5 comments. Add yours.

brendan says:

NOOOOOOOOOOOO :( i know everything will be fine but i still hate to see people go.

Hm says:

This is strange timing, giving the rumours of an Apple TV and the upcoming new iPhone. If you were about to revolutionise another industry with a stunning new piece of hardware, plus launch a redesigned iPhone, would you retire before that, or after? Feels like there's more to this decision than meets the eye.

wow says:

He's going to Google.

Tru_Canuk says:

Last time I checked, retiring meant he doesn't intend on working anymore and will enjoy the rest of his life.

DarkMx2000 says:

Why does it seem that everyone seems to be either leaving or retiring from Apple? There has been alot of movement in the higher ups since Steve passed away. :(