Today Apple announced that its current Senior Vice President of Hardware Engineering, Dan Riccio, will be transitioning into a new role as a “vice president of engineering”. Riccio will be reporting to CEO Tim Cook. Riccio will “transition to a new role focusing on a new project”. Apple has not specified what that project is, but I suspect we will see the results of that in the next few years.
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.
Taking over the role of Vice President of Hardware Engineering will be John Ternus. Ternus previously held the role of vice president of Hardware Engineering. He has held this title since 2013. While you may not recognize the names, it is likely that you have seen them, particularly John Ternus.
Ternus was seen throughout Apple’s November 10th, 2020 event which announced the Macs with Apple’s M1 architecture.
It will be interesting to see what project Riccio is working on and any of the new items that get released while Ternus heads the Hardware Engineering team. Time will tell how everything shakes out.