Dan Riccio begins a Secret Project at Apple

26 January, 2021

The nature of the project is undisclosed, but Riccio will report directly to the CEO Tim Cook. "He will play an instrumental role in shaping the future of Apple”

Apple’s mysterious new project raised rumaors about a major new groundbreaking initiative, following Apples’ announcement that Dan Riccio, senior vice president of Hardware Engineering, will transition to a new role focusing on a new project and reporting to CEO Tim Cook. Apple did not provide any details about the new project. but said: “Riccio will play an instrumental role in shaping the future of Apple’s products.”

Lately there were rumors that Apple plans to develop its own Electric Vehicle, and also that it plans to develop new concept of VR system. By looking back at the background of Dan Riccio, he is the perfect man foe a new largescale system – not just a new gadget. 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, and was involved in the development of the first generation iMac to the more recent 5G iPhone lineup, M1-based Macs, and AirPods Max.

All this sugests that he is going to build a major system. According to his own words: “After 23 years of leading our Product Design or Hardware Engineering teams — 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.”

Following the change, John Ternus will lead Apple’s Hardware Engineering organization as a member of the executive team. Ternus joined Apple’s Product Design team in 2001 and has been a vice president of Hardware Engineering since 2013. Ternus has overseen hardware engineering work on the first generation AirPods, and every generation of iPad, iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro, and he has been a key leader in the ongoing transition of the Mac to Apple silicon.

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