Dan Riccio Transitioning to New Project, John Ternus to Lead Apple's Hardware Engineering Team

Apple today announced that current Apple hardware engineering SVP Dan Riccio is transitioning to a new role where he will focus on an unspecified project, with John Ternus set to take over as Apple's senior vice president of hardware engineering.

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In a statement, Apple CEO Tim Cook said that Riccio made Apple a better and more innovative company, and that Ternus will bring a deep expertise and breadth of experience to the Hardware Engineering teams.

"Every innovation Dan has helped Apple bring to life has made us a better and more innovative company, and we're thrilled that he'll continue to be part of the team," said Tim Cook, Apple's CEO. "John's deep expertise and wide breadth of experience make him a bold and visionary leader of our Hardware Engineering teams. I want to congratulate them both on these exciting new steps, and I'm looking forward to many more innovations they'll help bring to the world."

There is no word on what project Riccio will be working on, but Apple has an Apple Car and various augmented reality and virtual reality devices in the works. The Apple Car project was recently taken over by Apple AI chief John Giannandrea, so Riccio's role is a mystery.

Going forward, Riccio will be a vice president of engineering, which seems to be a title downgrade, so it's possible that he is aiming to take a step back from Apple. Riccio has been with Apple since 1998, when he joined the product design team.

Riccio became vice president of iPad Hardware Engineering in 2010, and in 2012, took over the Hardware Engineering team. Apple says that Riccio will "continue to play an instrumental role in shaping the future of Apple's products."

In a statement, Riccio said that working at Apple has been "the opportunity of a lifetime" and that it is now the right time for a change.

"Working at Apple has been the opportunity of a lifetime, spent making the world's best products with the most talented people you could imagine," said Riccio. "After 23 years of leading our Product Design or Hardware Engineering teams -- culminating with our biggest and most ambitious product year ever -- it's the right time for a change. Next up, I'm looking forward to doing what I love most -- focusing all my time and energy at Apple on creating something new and wonderful that I couldn't be more excited about."

John Ternus initially joined Apple as part of the Product Design team in 2001, and in 2013 took on a role as vice president of Hardware Engineering. He has overseen the launch of products that include the first-generation AirPods, every ‌iPad‌, and the iPhone 12 and 12 Pro.

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HeavenDynamic Avatar
44 months ago
This look a lot like when Bob Mansfield "retired" to secretly work on Apple Watch.
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44 months ago
wow, the similarity.



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mcfrazieriv Avatar
44 months ago


Please stop circulating horrific looking mock ups of whatever you'd consider this to be! Big name stupid media companies keep lurking on these forums and eventually repost them as if it's really news and eventually that finds it's way to car forums and blogs.

If ANYONE came out with a vehicle that looked like this mock up, they would go OUT OF BUSINESS. ITS WORSE than a Buick!!!!!!!!!!
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Realityck Avatar
44 months ago
Congratulations to the new senior vice president of Hardware Engineering John Ternus. :cool:
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44 months ago
What's going on with CRAIG F.???



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HeavenDynamic Avatar
44 months ago

What product do you suggest they have in mind now? Apple Glasses?
We've seen a lot of rumors around an Apple Car these days so I'd say either that or the glasses.
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