Apple to replace head of hardware department, who will work on mysterious “new project”

Apple’s hardware department gets a major change at the top. Dan Riccio, who has been senior vice president of Hardware Engineering since 2012, will be replaced by John Ternus. He was recently responsible for the development of the iPhone 12 series and the M1 chips for Mac.

In the news: Apple announced in a press release on Monday that it has a new senior vice president of Hardware Engineering. John Ternus will replace Dan Riccio in that position, who will “take on a new role within a new project”.

Who is Dan Riccio?

  • Dan Riccio joined Apple in 1998 as Vice President of Product Design. In 2010 he became vice president of iPad Hardware Engineering. Two years later, he took up his current position as Senior Vice President of Hardware Engineering.
  • In that role, he was responsible for all of the hardware that Apple brought to the market for nearly a decade. Under his leadership, Apple launched the first generation iMac, iPhones with 5G, Macs with its own M1 chip and recently the AirPods Max.
  • “Every innovation Dan has brought forth within Apple has made us a better and more innovative company. We are delighted that he will remain part of the team, ”said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO.

What will Dan Riccio do within Apple now?

  • For now, Apple remains on the flat about what Dan Riccio’s new role will be within the company. “A new role that focuses on a new project and reports to CEO Tim Cook”, can be read in the press release.
  • “I’m looking forward to doing what I love most: focusing all my time and energy at Apple on creating something new that I’m really excited about,” Riccio says.
  • Many experts suspect that Riccio will address Apple’s plans for an electric self-driving car.
    • With that he would go the same way as the previous SVP Hardware Engineering Bob Mansfield who was with until the end of last year.
    • That team has recently been led by John Giannandrea, senior vice president of Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence Strategy. However, the hardware arm of the car project at Apple has no responsibility at the moment.

Who is John Ternus?

John Ternus – Source: Isopix
  • John Ternus has been with Apple since 2001. He was originally part of the Product Design team and has been Vice President Hardware Engineering since 2013. This made him the logical successor to Riccio.
  • Most recently, Ternus was responsible for the launch of the iPhone 12 series last October and the transition from Mac to the new M1 chip designed in-house.
  • “John’s deep expertise and broad experience make him a bold and visionary leader of our Hardware Engineering teams,” said CEO Tim Cook.


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