or Connect
AppleInsider › Forums › General › General Discussion › Apple SVP of Hardware Engineering Bob Mansfield to retire
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

Apple SVP of Hardware Engineering Bob Mansfield to retire

post #1 of 79
Thread Starter 
Apple announced on Thursday that Senior Vice President of Hardware Engineering Bob Mansfield will be retiring after a 13-year stint with the company and will be replaced by Vice President of iPad Hardware Engineering Dan Riccio in a transition that is expected to take "several months."

Mansfield, who joined Apple in 1999 when the company took over Raycer Graphics, has become a highly-recognized figure after being featured in many Mac and iDevice keynote videos and will be leaving his post after leading Mac hardware engineering since 2005, iPhone and iPod hardware engineering since 2010, and iPad hardware engineering since the tablet's debut.

?Bob has been an instrumental part of our executive team, leading the hardware engineering organization and overseeing the team that has delivered dozens of breakthrough products over the years,? said Apple CEO Tim Cook. ?We are very sad to have him leave and hope he enjoys every day of his retirement.?

Along with the popular MacBook Air line of thin-and-light laptops, Mansfield oversaw the development of Apple's all-in-one iMac desktop.



Bob Mansfield
Retiring Senior Vice President of Hardware Engineering Bob Mansfield. | Source: Apple


Replacing Mansfield is Dan Riccio who actually joined Apple before the departing executive when he took the role of vice president of Product Design in 1998.

?Dan has been one of Bob?s key lieutenants for a very long time and is very well respected within Apple and by the industry,? Cook said. ?Our hardware engineering team is the best engineering team on earth and will not miss a beat during the transition.?
post #2 of 79

Wow. Another veteran leaving... Good luck, Mr. Mansfield. Cash out and buy an island somewhere beyond the long arm of the IRS.

Proud AAPL stock owner.

 

GOA

Reply

Proud AAPL stock owner.

 

GOA

Reply
post #3 of 79
I've been wondering why he's been selling most all his stock during the past year. Now I know.

I also wonder why he would retire at such a young age, and when Apple is becoming a vast company.
post #4 of 79
That's a loss. Hope the exodus is not due to the new CEO.
I wanted dsadsa bit it was taken.
Reply
I wanted dsadsa bit it was taken.
Reply
post #5 of 79
Of all things that people have claimed over the years as proof that Apple will falter I think this is the closest thing we've seen to it.

"The real haunted empire?  It's the New York Times." ~SockRolid

"There is no rule that says the best phones must have the largest screen." ~RoundaboutNow

Reply

"The real haunted empire?  It's the New York Times." ~SockRolid

"There is no rule that says the best phones must have the largest screen." ~RoundaboutNow

Reply
post #6 of 79
Quote:
Originally Posted by asdasd View Post

That's a loss. Hope the exodus is not due to the new CEO.

He's known Cook since he first got there. I doubt it was because of him. Maybe he's got enough money and wants to enjoy it while he's still young. I hope it's not because of medical issues. He is pretty heavy.
post #7 of 79
Quote:
Originally Posted by SolipsismX View Post

Of all things that people have claimed over the years as proof that Apple will falter I think this is the closest thing we've seen to it.

People come and go.
post #8 of 79
Quote:
Originally Posted by melgross View Post

I've been wondering why he's been selling most all his stock during the past year. Now I know.
I also wonder why he would retire at such a young age, and when Apple is becoming a vast company.


He has more money than he knows what to do with, and he's still (relatively) young, heck I would do the exact same thing.  Good luck and godspeed Bob.  Thank you for your great contribution to Apple.  You'll be missed. 

post #9 of 79
Quote:
Originally Posted by SpamSandwich View Post

Wow. Another veteran leaving... Good luck, Mr. Mansfield. Cash out and buy an island somewhere beyond the long arm of the IRS.

 

Nobody likes paying taxes but people who express this viewpoint seem to forget that the money the state/federal taxes raise go towards paying for your kids school, the roads you drive your car on, the police officers we rely on to keep us safe, the border control officers who stop terrorists, the people who sweep our streets and take away the trash, or simply the medicaid and social security that many low income and retired people rely on to stay alive.

post #10 of 79

Apple is Doomed™

 

So Bob's leaving and the guy doing iPad hardware is replacing him (smart idea), who is one of his key people *anyway*, and who has been with Apple since *before* Bob started. So he's seen it all. 

 

So where's the problem?

post #11 of 79
Quote:
Originally Posted by SolipsismX View Post

Of all things that people have claimed over the years as proof that Apple will falter I think this is the closest thing we've seen to it.

 

 

What a ridiculous thing to say!  How is this proof that Apple is faltering?  The guy wants to retire.  Could be any number of personal reasons.  Did Apple falter when Serlet left?  Federighi took over just fine.  Or, how about Ron Johnson?  Apple has a deep bench of capable engineers and managers.

 

It's irritating when people post without thinking.

post #12 of 79
Quote:
Originally Posted by Shaun, UK View Post

 

Nobody likes paying taxes but people who express this viewpoint seem to forget that the money the state/federal taxes raise go towards paying for your kids school, the roads you drive your car on, the police officers we rely on to keep us safe, the border control officers who stop terrorists, the people who sweep our streets and take away the trash, or simply the medicaid and social security that many low income and retired people rely on to stay alive.

Very true, indeed. But, in this case and in the case of so many others, Mr. Mansfield has paid his dues in terms of income taxes and taxes on his stock options. I completely agree that he should be able to enjoy HIS earnings without the IRS continually asking more more.

post #13 of 79
Quote:
Originally Posted by SolipsismX View Post

Of all things that people have claimed over the years as proof that Apple will falter I think this is the closest thing we've seen to it.

 

Attrition?

Proud AAPL stock owner.

 

GOA

Reply

Proud AAPL stock owner.

 

GOA

Reply
post #14 of 79
Quote:
Originally Posted by Shaun, UK View Post

 

Nobody likes paying taxes but people who express this viewpoint seem to forget that the money the state/federal taxes raise go towards paying for your kids school, the roads you drive your car on, the police officers we rely on to keep us safe, the border control officers who stop terrorists, the people who sweep our streets and take away the trash, or simply the medicaid and social security that many low income and retired people rely on to stay alive.

 

Hahahahahaha! You've really outdone yourself!

Proud AAPL stock owner.

 

GOA

Reply

Proud AAPL stock owner.

 

GOA

Reply
post #15 of 79
Quote:
Originally Posted by asdasd View Post

That's a loss. Hope the exodus is not due to the new CEO.

 

It's usually down to a higher power (the wife) ;)

 

Job well done sir. May you have a long and happy retirement.

Grocery Stores FEAR Him
Reply
Grocery Stores FEAR Him
Reply
post #16 of 79
Quote:
Originally Posted by AppleGreen View Post

 

 

What a ridiculous thing to say!  How is this proof that Apple is faltering?  The guy wants to retire.  Could be any number of personal reasons.  Did Apple falter when Serlet left?  Federighi took over just fine.  Or, how about Ron Johnson?  Apple has a deep bench of capable engineers and managers.

 

It's irritating when people post without thinking.

Nothing irritating about his comment at all. I feel there is a lot of thought behind Soli's comment. There have been more Apple big-wigs leaving over the last 4 years than any other time I can remember, with many of them being part of the team Steve put together soon after he rejoined Apple.

 

Furthermore, it takes more than 'capable' engineers to guide and drive the most innovative and successful tech company in the world.

Why does Apple bashing and trolling make people feel so good?

Reply

Why does Apple bashing and trolling make people feel so good?

Reply
post #17 of 79
Quote:
Originally Posted by Dickprinter View Post

Nothing irritating about his comment at all. I feel there is a lot of thought behind Soli's comment. There have been more Apple big-wigs leaving over the last 4 years than any other time I can remember, with many of them being part of the team Steve put together soon after he rejoined Apple.

 

Furthermore, it takes more than 'capable' engineers to guide and drive the most innovative and successful tech company in the world.

 

The best time to get out is always at the top. Apple's the biggest company in the world and it will get bigger, but more slowly.

Proud AAPL stock owner.

 

GOA

Reply

Proud AAPL stock owner.

 

GOA

Reply
post #18 of 79
Quote:
Originally Posted by SpamSandwich View Post

Wow. Another veteran leaving... Good luck, Mr. Mansfield. Cash out and buy an island somewhere beyond the long arm of the IRS.

 

And another veteran [this time a fellow Mechanical Engineer] taking his place.

post #19 of 79
Quote:
Originally Posted by SpamSandwich View Post

Wow. Another veteran leaving... Good luck, Mr. Mansfield. Cash out and buy an island somewhere beyond the long arm of the IRS.

 

Quote:
Originally Posted by Shaun, UK View Post

 

Nobody likes paying taxes but people who express this viewpoint seem to forget that the money the state/federal taxes raise go towards paying for your kids school, the roads you drive your car on, the police officers we rely on to keep us safe, the border control officers who stop terrorists, the people who sweep our streets and take away the trash, or simply the medicaid and social security that many low income and retired people rely on to stay alive.

Ummm, here in the States, most schools and police are funded through property taxes on a town or county level, along with the street sweepers. Trash haulers are usually private. Don't get me started on the Medicaid, Social Security and low income debate because I believe hardly any capital gains tax is used for those programs.

 

Sorry for being off topic but fundamentally I have a problem with this viewpoint. Bob Mansfield's success should not be utilized for the funding of these programs....for the benefit of others.

Why does Apple bashing and trolling make people feel so good?

Reply

Why does Apple bashing and trolling make people feel so good?

Reply
post #20 of 79
Quote:
Originally Posted by Dickprinter View Post

Nothing irritating about his comment at all. I feel there is a lot of thought behind Soli's comment. There have been more Apple big-wigs leaving over the last 4 years than any other time I can remember, with many of them being part of the team Steve put together soon after he rejoined Apple.

 

Furthermore, it takes more than 'capable' engineers to guide and drive the most innovative and successful tech company in the world.

 

........a lot of thought?  Puh..leese..!!

 

During the last 4 years that "more" Apple big-wigs have left, do you know how many have been hired that are capable enough to become big-wigs?  Serlet left.  Federighi is now a big-wig.  Ron Johnson left.  Browett is a big-wig.  A certain amount of turnover in manpower is normal.  No need to ring the alarm bells !!

 

And, during the last 4 years that all your big-wigs have left, the stock has quadrupled.  Certainly, the rate of appreciation will slow.  But, it ain't the end of the world.  THINK !!

post #21 of 79
Quote:
Originally Posted by SpamSandwich View Post

 

The best time to get out is always at the top. Apple's the biggest company in the world and it will get bigger, but more slowly.

So are you implying that Apple has reached their apex and growth has started to plateau?

Why does Apple bashing and trolling make people feel so good?

Reply

Why does Apple bashing and trolling make people feel so good?

Reply
post #22 of 79
Quote:
Originally Posted by melgross View Post

People come and go.

Quote:
Originally Posted by AppleGreen View Post


What a ridiculous thing to say!  How is this proof that Apple is faltering?  The guy wants to retire.  Could be any number of personal reasons.  Did Apple falter when Serlet left?  Federighi took over just fine.  Or, how about Ron Johnson?  Apple has a deep bench of capable engineers and managers.

It's irritating when people post without thinking.

You two are reading things into my comment that I didn't imply. I never said Apple was faltering. i never stated it was proof. His reason for leaving has no barring on how his absence will affect Apple.

People do come and go but there are some employees that I think are so key to Apple's previous and continued success that I think they will be hard pressed to replace.I think Ive, Mansfield and Cook are three of them. I actually don't put Jobs in that list, not because there are any just like him, but because Steve built and designed, rebuilt and redesigned Apple so well that his vision will be carried out for a long time to come because it's the only path worth taking.

Mansfield has been leading Mac HW for 7 years. In that time under his direction Macs have not only become substantially better machines (I don't just mean faster) but the rest of the industry has followed Mac design closer than ever before. I hope that Ricco can not only match his execution but surpass him in every way.

"The real haunted empire?  It's the New York Times." ~SockRolid

"There is no rule that says the best phones must have the largest screen." ~RoundaboutNow

Reply

"The real haunted empire?  It's the New York Times." ~SockRolid

"There is no rule that says the best phones must have the largest screen." ~RoundaboutNow

Reply
post #23 of 79

Great job.  Enjoy your retirement.  You deserve it.

post #24 of 79
Quote:
Originally Posted by AppleGreen View Post

........a lot of thought?  Puh..leese..!!

 

During the last 4 years that "more" Apple big-wigs have left, do you know how many have been hired that are capable enough to become big-wigs?  Serlet left.  Federighi is now a big-wig.  Ron Johnson left.  Browett is a big-wig.  A certain amount of turnover in manpower is normal.  No need to ring the alarm bells !!

 

And, during the last 4 years that all your big-wigs have left, the stock has quadrupled.  Certainly, the rate of appreciation will slow.  But, it ain't the end of the world.  THINK !!

I may drink the same Apple Kool-Aide as you, my friend, but, unlike you, my eyes are wide open as I'm swallowing, being a relatively large shareholder.

 

I'm not saying Apple is doomed, I'm saying that I agree with Soli in that this is a pretty young age for a VP to retire from a company that is firing on all eight.....and by all signs, will probably be for quite a few years to come.

Why does Apple bashing and trolling make people feel so good?

Reply

Why does Apple bashing and trolling make people feel so good?

Reply
post #25 of 79
Quote:
Originally Posted by SolipsismX View Post

Of all things that people have claimed over the years as proof that Apple will falter I think this is the closest thing we've seen to it.

That and Bertrand Serlet. I suppose it's just transition time overall, though.
Quote:
Originally Posted by melgross View Post

People come and go.

The real challenge is to see if a second Dream Team can be assembled afterward.
Quote:
Originally Posted by Dickprinter View Post

…Apple… …has started to plateau?

Not sure that's what "get bigger" means. lol.gif

Originally posted by Marvin

Even if [the 5.5” iPhone] exists, it doesn’t deserve to.
Reply

Originally posted by Marvin

Even if [the 5.5” iPhone] exists, it doesn’t deserve to.
Reply
post #26 of 79
Quote:
Originally Posted by melgross View Post

I've been wondering why he's been selling most all his stock during the past year. Now I know.
I also wonder why he would retire at such a young age, and when Apple is becoming a vast company.

Are you kidding? I know lots of people who would love to retire early and sit on a beach somewhere...

"Apple should pull the plug on the iPhone."

John C. Dvorak, 2007
Reply

"Apple should pull the plug on the iPhone."

John C. Dvorak, 2007
Reply
post #27 of 79
Quote:
Originally Posted by Suddenly Newton View Post

Are you kidding? I know lots of people who would love to retire early and sit on a beach somewhere…

I'd go crazy. If I'm not utilizing my talents I feel completely worthless.

Originally posted by Marvin

Even if [the 5.5” iPhone] exists, it doesn’t deserve to.
Reply

Originally posted by Marvin

Even if [the 5.5” iPhone] exists, it doesn’t deserve to.
Reply
post #28 of 79
Quote:
Originally Posted by Tallest Skil View Post

I'd go crazy. If I'm not utilizing my talents I feel completely worthless.

I retired once and then traveled extensively. After several years it became dull. Then I started spending my days loitering on internet forums. I've since taken jobs in a variety of professions simply to try them out but I've been missing my former career to the point that I've invested thousands in training equipment so I can get back into it.

"The real haunted empire?  It's the New York Times." ~SockRolid

"There is no rule that says the best phones must have the largest screen." ~RoundaboutNow

Reply

"The real haunted empire?  It's the New York Times." ~SockRolid

"There is no rule that says the best phones must have the largest screen." ~RoundaboutNow

Reply
post #29 of 79

Shame to see Mansfield leaving, I hope he enjoys his retirement.

 

 

Quote:

Originally Posted by Dickprinter View Post

 

Ummm, here in the States, most schools and police are funded through property taxes on a town or county level, along with the street sweepers. Trash haulers are usually private. Don't get me started on the Medicaid, Social Security and low income debate because I believe hardly any capital gains tax is used for those programs.

 

Sorry for being off topic but fundamentally I have a problem with this viewpoint. Bob Mansfield's success should not be utilized for the funding of these programs....for the benefit of others.

It's a simple and logical thought: You have more money, you pay more taxes. 

post #30 of 79
Quote:
Originally Posted by SolipsismX View Post


You two are reading things into my comment that I didn't imply. I never said Apple was faltering. i never stated it was proof. His reason for leaving has no barring on how his absence will affect Apple.
People do come and go but there are some employees that I think are so key to Apple's previous and continued success that I think they will be hard pressed to replace.I think Ive, Mansfield and Cook are three of them. I actually don't put Jobs in that list, not because there are any just like him, but because Steve built and designed, rebuilt and redesigned Apple so well that his vision will be carried out for a long time to come because it's the only path worth taking.
Mansfield has been leading Mac HW for 7 years. In that time under his direction Macs have not only become substantially better machines (I don't just mean faster) but the rest of the industry has followed Mac design closer than ever before. I hope that Ricco can not only match his execution but surpass him in every way.

 

OK.  But, you still seem to imply that Apple does not have anybody that can do as good a job with Mac hardware going forward as Bob has done during the last 7 years.  I disagree.  One of the most important functions of top management (including the Board of Directors) is to make sure that the bench is deep enough in every function of the company.  I am sure Cook has plans in place as to who would replace each of the senior managers if the need should arise.  And, just as Ive, Mansfield, and Cook are key, so are Forstall, Federighi, and Schiller.  Software is just as important as hardware, if not more so.  Schiller is a genius at strategy.

 

You say that you would not put Jobs on the list of key employees because his vision will be carried out for a long time.  Well, he is no longer with us.  The genius of Steve was that he could re-imagine entire industries.  If Cook & Co. can demonstrate that they can do the same with industries that Apple is not a big part of yet (TV, digital cameras, education,...), then perhaps you can say that Apple can go on just as well without Steve.  Not yet, though.

post #31 of 79
Quote:
Originally Posted by AppleGreen View Post

OK.  But, you still seem to imply that Apple does not have anybody that can do as good a job with Mac hardware going forward as Bob has done during the last 7 years.  I disagree.

I clearly stated that I hope Ricco can not only do as well as but surpass Mansfield. I just think Mansfield did great things with the Mac under his reign. How much of that was actually his direction is impossible to say but I do know that since he was controlling the division it has been fantastic, hence my mild trepidation in seeing him go.

"The real haunted empire?  It's the New York Times." ~SockRolid

"There is no rule that says the best phones must have the largest screen." ~RoundaboutNow

Reply

"The real haunted empire?  It's the New York Times." ~SockRolid

"There is no rule that says the best phones must have the largest screen." ~RoundaboutNow

Reply
post #32 of 79
Quote:
Originally Posted by SolipsismX View Post

Of all things that people have claimed over the years as proof that Apple will falter I think this is the closest thing we've seen to it.

Jesus Christ I am agreeing with solex better go out and see if the globe's still spinning...
post #33 of 79
Quote:
Originally Posted by AppleGreen View Post

so are Forstall, Federighi, and Schiller.  Software is just as important as hardware, if not more so.  Schiller is a genius at strategy.

Federighi? Yeah sure, boy did this guy do a great job for lion, that's why they are run rushing the service pack now.., Not one addition well implemented and polished, countless poor or very questionable choices, and the buggiest os since .1 and .2 The guy could lay down in one of Serlet's shoes and he 'd still wouldn't fill a quarter of it.
post #34 of 79
Quote:
Originally Posted by myapplelove View Post

…lion, that's why they are run rushing the service pack now…

Shut up.

Originally posted by Marvin

Even if [the 5.5” iPhone] exists, it doesn’t deserve to.
Reply

Originally posted by Marvin

Even if [the 5.5” iPhone] exists, it doesn’t deserve to.
Reply
post #35 of 79
Blah blah blah....now sod off
post #36 of 79
Quote:
Originally Posted by Modena360 View Post

Blah blah blah….now sod off

He made possible the hardware you're currently using. I'd show some respect.

Originally posted by Marvin

Even if [the 5.5” iPhone] exists, it doesn’t deserve to.
Reply

Originally posted by Marvin

Even if [the 5.5” iPhone] exists, it doesn’t deserve to.
Reply
post #37 of 79
Interesting that he'd retire when he was awarded all those restricted stock grants. Had he stayed 3 more years probably would have pocketed $100M+
post #38 of 79
Quote:
Originally Posted by Tallest Skil View Post

He made possible the hardware you're currently using. I'd show some respect.

I think he talking to me 1smile.gif. And I wish huddler could show a smilie for a change.
post #39 of 79
Quote:
Originally Posted by myapplelove View Post

I must have hit a nerve, don't shoot the messenger though, ml is a service pack, hence its unexpected out of the blue release to put lion behind them…

Other than the fact that this couldn't be further from the truth, you're absolutely right.
Quote:
…but don't take my word for it…

Oh, don't worry about that.

Originally posted by Marvin

Even if [the 5.5” iPhone] exists, it doesn’t deserve to.
Reply

Originally posted by Marvin

Even if [the 5.5” iPhone] exists, it doesn’t deserve to.
Reply
post #40 of 79
Quote:
Originally Posted by myapplelove View Post


I must have hit a nerve, don't shoot the messenger though, ml is a service pack, hence its unexpected out of the blue release to put lion behind them, and quickly, but don't take my word for it, read what the others from the non stock holding apple community are saying, they are not all professional suck ups like Grubber you know.

 

What are you talking about? How many service packs have over 200 new features? Including major changes like Voice Dictation, deeper iCloud sync, Notification Centre, new Safari and Facebook/Twitter integration?

New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: General Discussion
AppleInsider › Forums › General › General Discussion › Apple SVP of Hardware Engineering Bob Mansfield to retire