Apple Announces That Dan Riccio Is Moving to a New Role at the Company, and John Ternus Is Stepping in as Senior VP of Hardware Engineering

Apple has announced that its senior vice president of hardware engineering, Dan Riccio, is leaving this role to work on unspecified projects. John Ternus, who, for example, acted as a moderator at the most recent Apple events on the M1 Macs, steps into the gap left by Riccio.

Riccio, who has been with Apple for 23 years and has worked on everything from the first iMac to iPhones, AirPods Max, and M1 Macs, reports directly to Tim Cook, who said:

Every innovation that Dan Apple has brought to life has made us a better and more innovative company, and we are delighted that he will continue to be part of the team. John’s deep expertise and broad experience make him a courageous and visionary leader of our hardware engineering teams. I want to congratulate both of them on these exciting new steps and look forward to many more innovations that they will bring to the world.

Ternus, who succeeds Riccio as senior vice president of hardware engineering, joined Apple’s product design team in 2001 and has been vice president of hardware engineering since 2013. Past projects Ternus has mentored or directed include every iPad, the original AirPods, and the iPhone 12 and 12 Pro and the M1 Macs.

It will be interesting to see what Riccio’s new project is. One possibility is the long smoldering Apple car project, but it could just as easily be an AR / VR product or something entirely different.

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