Apple Executive Dan Riccio Reportedly 'Nearing Retirement' Following Vision Pro Launch

Apple's former hardware engineering chief Dan Riccio told colleagues he is "nearing retirement" after more than 25 years at the company, according to Bloomberg's Mark Gurman.

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John Ternus succeeded Riccio as Apple's Senior Vice President of Hardware Engineering in 2021. That year, Apple said Riccio would "transition to a new role focusing on a new project," which Gurman said was the Vision Pro headset.

Here is how Apple described Riccio when it announced that transition in 2021:

Riccio has been a leader in designing, developing, and engineering almost all of Apple's products. From the first generation iMac to the more recent 5G iPhone lineup, M1-based Macs, and AirPods Max, Riccio built the Hardware Engineering teams and scaled Apple's ability to innovate across multiple new product lines with the highest quality. After joining Apple in 1998 as a leader on the Product Design team, Riccio became vice president of iPad Hardware Engineering in 2010, and in 2012 he joined the executive team as the leader of Hardware Engineering.

Here is what Riccio said in that press release:

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. 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.

Apple launched the Vision Pro in the U.S. in early February, and it said the headset will be released in additional countries later this year.

There is no timeframe for Riccio's retirement, as Gurman said specific details related to his planned departure are still being worked out.

Top Rated Comments

Avatar74 Avatar
6 weeks ago

He is bailing before the **** hits the fan over VP.
Dude is 61. I manage teams around the world and it's f---ing stressful. I'm 49. My blood pressure yesterday morning was 178/100. If I'm not retired by 61 I'll probably die, and I don't make anywhere near what Riccio makes.

I'm not a fan of AVP, and I've no dog in the VR hunt (never going to buy a VR device in my lifetime), but the level of discourse on these boards sometimes gets so reductive like a child's understanding of what adults do at work... Y'all need to calm down.
Score: 20 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Mrkevinfinnerty Avatar
6 weeks ago
I felt like giving up when i saw it aswell.
Score: 19 Votes (Like | Disagree)
topmounter Avatar
6 weeks ago
I remember the Vision Pro. Good times.
Score: 18 Votes (Like | Disagree)
LeeW Avatar
6 weeks ago
He is bailing before the **** hits the fan over VP.
Score: 14 Votes (Like | Disagree)
jz0309 Avatar
6 weeks ago
Happy retirement, well deserved
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
darngooddesign Avatar
6 weeks ago
The Vision Pro haters sure are lively in this thread. Imagine being this upset about something which has zero effect on your life.
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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