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After 23 years at Apple, iOS engineering vice president Henri Lamiraux has retired, saying he decided a "little while ago" that iOS 7 would be his last project with the company.

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News of Lamiraux's exit from Apple broke on Sunday, while the key iOS engineer's LinkedIn page has also been changed to reflect his retired status.

Lamiraux actually retired a "couple of weeks" ago, and officially left Apple shortly after the latest iOS 7.0.3 update was released, reports 9to5Mac.

Working as vice president for iOS Apps and Engineering, Lamiraux was in charge of feature development and distribution, bug fixing and app-building frameworks for Apple's mobile operating system. As he answered directly to SVP of Software Engineering Craig Federighi, who is now in charge of both iOS and OS X, Lamiraux took on more responsibility in developing Apple's mobile OS.

Lamiraux first joined Apple in 1990 as a software engineer for the Mac platform, which would later be renamed OS X. In 2000, he earned a managerial position for OS X platform experience before becoming director of engineering for that department in 2004.

In 2005, he switched over to iOS under the important Apps and Frameworks section as director of software engineering, and became vice president of the department in September 2009.

It is not clear who will fill Lamiraux's now vacant position.
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One has to wonder if he left *over* iOS 7
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One has to wonder if he left *over* iOS 7

 

Actually, no. One doesn't.

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err, Mac OS was never renamed Mac OSX. Mac OS was retired, and replaced with NeXTSTEP which was renamed Mac OSX.
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Originally Posted by TimmyDax View Post
One has to wonder if he left *over* iOS 7

 

No one sane has to wonder that.

 

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Mac OS was retired, and replaced with NeXTSTEP which was heavily modified and renamed Mac OS X.
 

Yep.

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One has to wonder if he left *over* iOS 7

 

You wish. Keep fantasizing, Timmy.

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I could name 10 folks currently at other corporations who were top NeXT/Apple behind-the-scenes guys who should be persuaded to come back.
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Interesting.  I, like a previous poster, wonder if he left because of the disaster that is iOS7, The new look Calendar in Mavericks (the one that looks like the calendar in iOS7, or maybe the new look and reduced ease of use in Pages, or could it have been any of the other "new" features recently added under the new leadership of Apple?

 

Is Apple still the best product available?  Of course.  But it has been severely damaged by all the new "change for the sake of change" people.  Ugly is one thing. I can live with ugly, in fact I almost don't care that most of the new stuff is ugly.  Ugly is an opinion.  But when both OS and iOS start making life more difficult instead of easier...How incredibly disappointing.  

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The guy worked at Apple for 23 years and decided to retire. Not sure what iOS 7 has to do with anything. 1rolleyes.gif
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People sometimes retire because they want to spend more time with their families.  People also retire when they see a major change in direction brought on by the new leadership.  Who really knows?  no one.  Just speculating.

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One has to wonder if he left *over* iOS 7

No, he decided to leave on a high note, probably with a shed load of cash.

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People sometimes retire because they want to spend more time with their families.  People also retire when they see a major change in direction brought on by the new leadership.  Who really knows?  no one.  Just speculating.

Uneducated guessing.
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People sometimes retire because they want to spend more time with their families.  People also retire when they see a major change in direction brought on by the new leadership.  Who really knows?  no one.  Just speculating.
But what's the point in speculating especially when he's given no indication that he's leaving because of issues with leadership or company direction or whatever. 23 years is a long time to be at one company.
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He either left because iOS 7 was a failure or he left because he's good and Apple won't be able to replace him. Either way, Apple is doomed.
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No one is indispensable, ask Forstall, Fadell, ok except Steve Jobs.
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Why bring iOS7 into it like it's a negative? Most reviewers (certainly all the big names) have rated it a triumph and a much needed freshening up of the iOS (.. typography nuts rave about it!) I use it and find it easier and flatter (in the sense of less operations and less menu-option layers) to learn and use than iOS6. With a couple of quirks, Camera, e.g., is a vast HI improvement over iOS6 Camera. 

 

Congratulations on a job well done, Henri! 

 

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He either left because iOS 7 was a failure or he left because he's good and Apple won't be able to replace him. Either way, Apple is doomed.

or maybe he left because he didn't want to work and felt he was pretty damn rich already.

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err, Mac OS was never renamed Mac OSX. Mac OS was retired, and replaced with NeXTSTEP which was renamed Mac OSX.

Which was recently renamed OS X (i.e. they dropped the "Mac" from the name).  I think that was the point, that the "Mac platform" is now called OS X, though the article clumsily worded it. 

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Why is it that no one seems to leave Apple - whether for any desire of his or her own or on a mortuary slab - without some birds on a line cawing about cock-ups, cabals and conspiracies?

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No one sane has to wonder that.

So it's just coincidence that right after the release date it's announced?

Maybe he liked Scott Forstall. iOS 7 is more than an update, it was a shake up of the entire department over the past year. It is a reimagining of what a mobile OS should strive towards. People always retire at this sort of time, and it's fine. Pretending it's a coincidence doesn't make him or Apple look better.
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So it's just coincidence that right after the release date it's announced?

 

Yes. First, because “two months” isn’t “right after”. Second, because you have made the assertion. You get to prove it. Prove he was fired (you can’t; he retired). Prove it was over iOS 7. 

 
Pretending it's a coincidence doesn't make him or Apple look better.

 

Pretending it’s a correlation doesn’t make you look good at all.

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So it's just coincidence that right after the release date it's announced?

Maybe he liked Scott Forstall. iOS 7 is more than an update, it was a shake up of the entire department over the past year. It is a reimagining of what a mobile OS should strive towards. People always retire at this sort of time, and it's fine. Pretending it's a coincidence doesn't make him or Apple look better.


Or maybe he rertired when the job was complete. Let the others do updates. He paid his dues, rolled out a finished product that met deadline and is ready to vacation somewhere. 

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So it's just coincidence that right after the release date it's announced?
 

Nobody is suggesting it's a coincidence.  Henri Lamiraux himself said it wasn't a coincidence.  He stated that even before the release of iOS 7 that he was viewing it as his last project before retirement.

 

But just because it's not a coincidence does not mean that you can just infer whatever "cause/effect" relationship that you want to.  Perhaps it was as simple as this:  the man has been ready to retire for a while now, but he wanted to see this major update through to completion.  A reasonable enough supposition.  I have done the same at two previous occupations.  When you are a fairly high level professional that is important to an effort, you don't just give your two weeks notice and walk.

 

Your suggestion requires a lot more speculation, such as the man was disturbed by the ousting of Forstall and/or the subsequent reorganization and redirection.  Or, he thinks that iOS 7 is a disaster, so he bailed because of that.  Or any of the above.  But without actually talking to the man and gaining his confidence, you'll never know.

 

It's far more reasonable to accept the man at his word:  he was ready to retire but wanted to finish this one last thing.  Over and out.

 

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Nice troll btw, you hooked a lot of people, bit lame though

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Why is it that no one seems to leave Apple - whether for any desire of his or her own or on a mortuary slab - without some birds on a line cawing about cock-ups, cabals and conspiracies?

 

If you read the business pages, you'll see that the same sort of thing happens with high-level departures at lots of big companies. Apple only gets more attention because it's the biggest by market value. 

 

Also, I can't find his age anywhere, but he doesn't look 60+, so it's natural to wonder why he chose to retire earlier than most people (shed loads of cash, as somebody put it above, no doubt help, but lots of people keep working anyway). 

 

That said, I doubt there's any conspiracy. He's probably just tired of working all the time, and leaving after he's just shepherded a major OS upgrade to release is a good way to go out.

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If you read the business pages, you'll see that the same sort of thing happens with high-level departures at lots of big companies. Apple only gets more attention because it's the biggest by market value. 

 

Also, I can't find his age anywhere, but he doesn't look 60+, so it's natural to wonder why he chose to retire earlier than most people (shed loads of cash, as somebody put it above, no doubt help, but lots of people keep working anyway). 

 

That said, I doubt there's any conspiracy. He's probably just tired of working all the time, and leaving after he's just shepherded a major OS upgrade to release is a good way to go out.

 

If he worked at Apple for 20+ years, I'm sure his stock options were worth quite a bit making early retirement a tantalizing prospect.

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Interesting.  I, like a previous poster, wonder if he left because of the disaster that is iOS7  

Personally I hope he's proud of iOS 7 since I like it a lot (not all of it but it's a solid step forward in general).

 

It's entirely possible that he's unhappy with the changes in iOS management but that's just speculation; he may just be at the point when age and finances suggest you do something different with your life.

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Pretending it’s a correlation doesn’t make you look good at all.

Correlation is highly plausible. Increased stress during the management transition is plausible. Remember, this is Apple, not some Google or Xerox PARC where they get to sit around on beanbags all day. Apple employees work really hard, and it shows. It doesn't seem too far-fetched.

iOS 7 is a masterpiece, and he should be proud of his efforts, even if it's all he had left to give.
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Correlation is highly plausible. Increased stress during the management transition is plausible. Remember, this is Apple, not some Google or Xerox PARC where they get to sit around on beanbags all day. Apple employees work really hard, and it shows. It doesn't seem too far-fetched.

iOS 7 is a masterpiece, and he should be proud of his efforts, even if it's all he had left to give.

Thus guy survived the dark ages at Apple. He's just retiring.
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If you read the business pages, you'll see that the same sort of thing happens with high-level departures at lots of big companies. Apple only gets more attention because it's the biggest by market value. 

 

Also, I can't find his age anywhere, but he doesn't look 60+, so it's natural to wonder why he chose to retire earlier than most people (shed loads of cash, as somebody put it above, no doubt help, but lots of people keep working anyway). 

 

That said, I doubt there's any conspiracy. He's probably just tired of working all the time, and leaving after he's just shepherded a major OS upgrade to release is a good way to go out.

 

 

Because he can. I'd retire today if I could – and I'm in my 30's. Maybe he wants to work on something for himself. Maybe he wants to open a Bar. I agree, the end of a major project is a good marker to call it quits at.

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Originally Posted by TimmyDax View Post
Correlation is highly plausible. Increased stress during the management transition is plausible. Remember, this is Apple, not some Google or Xerox PARC where they get to sit around on beanbags all day. Apple employees work really hard, and it shows. It doesn't seem too far-fetched.

iOS 7 is a masterpiece, and he should be proud of his efforts, even if it's all he had left to give.

 

Three days now; still waiting for proof.

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