Dan Riccio, formerly vice president of hardware engineering for the iPad team at Apple, changes roles to work on a “new project”. Image: Apple
Apple has given some of its top hardware engineers new leadership roles and reported working on a new project. Dan Riccio, former vice president of hardware engineering for Apple’s iPad team, is changing roles to work on a “new project,” Apple said.
In 2012, Riccio replaced Bob Mansfield, the senior vice president of Apple’s hardware engineering team. Apple hasn’t said what new project Riccio will work on, only that he will report to Apple boss Tim Cook. “Every innovation that Dan has helped Apple to implement has made us a better and more innovative company, and we are delighted that he continues to be a part of the team,” said Cook.
Riccio has led the engineering of Apple products since joining the company 23 years ago, with stakes in iMac, Apple’s iPhone 12 5G, its new ARM Macs, and expensive AirPods Max headphones. .
“Devoting all my time and energy to creating something new”
He was also the face of Apple when the company admitted in 2019 that it had canceled plans to charge AirPower cellphones after multiple delays. Apple rarely announces upcoming products before they’re ready to go.
Prior to Apple, Riccio worked at Compaq as a senior mechanical engineering executive. “I can’t wait to do what I love the most, which is dedicate all of my time and energy at Apple to create something new and wonderful that I am so excited about.” Riccio said in a press release.
Riccio evolved within Apple with its former chief design officer, Jonathan Ive, as well as Bob Mansfield.
John Ternus, Apple’s vice president of hardware engineering since 2013, will join the company’s management team as senior vice president of hardware engineering.
Apple is said to be working on an autonomous electric vehicle. Earlier this month, Korean automaker Hyundai revealed it was in talks with Apple to build a car.