Dan Riccio was Senior Vice President Hardware Engineering a few hours ago. Today Apple display that’s it promoted to head of a new secret project. He comes directly under the direction of Tim Cook to carry out his new mission.
Dan Riccio, a strong man at Apple since 1998
This is the largest hardware team reorganization in nearly a decade. Dan Riccio had headed this department with some success since 2012, but for the past few days Tim Cook decided to give him a completely different mission. In his role as Director of Engineering, he will be replaced by John Ternus, who oversaw the launch of the iPhone 12 and 12 Pro and worked on Apple’s M1 chips. He has been part of the team since 2013 and So knows the house very well.
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This role of the great boss of hardware is vital at Apple. The person who occupies it is responsible for leading Apple’s product development teams : Mac, iPhone, iPad and iPod. Dan Riccio is obviously not leaving Apple, he is even more likely to be promoted. According to the company’s press release, he will be working on a “new secret project”.
He spoke and explained: “I can’t wait to do what I love most. I dedicate all of my time and energy at Apple to creating something new and wonderful.”.
He’s likely joining the team working on the Apple Car
According to several rumors, Dan Riccio could replace Bob Mansfield, the former hardware director, who Riccio had already achieved in 2012. He could follow him again in this “secret” position at the head of Apple’s autonomous driving project. Bob Mansfield left the parent company in December 2020.
Apple make great strides on this project. In particular, the Apple brand announced the signing of an agreement with Hyundai for the Apple Car in March. Dan Riccio could be John Giannandrea, the director of artificial intelligence, who is also working on this project.
Riccio states that: “After 23 years in product design or materials technology, the time has come for a change”. He obviously Tim Cook’s assistance in this internal ascent.
Tim Cook says this: “Every innovation Dan has brought has made us a better and more innovative company, and we’re delighted that he continues to be part of the team. His vast expertise and experience make him a daring and visionary leader. I look forward to the many other innovations it will bring to the world. “.