Dan Riccio has served as senior VP of engineering overseeing all of Apple’s hardware since 2012, but now he’s stepping back from that role. A press release revealed he’s focusing on a mysterious “new project” at Apple and will still report directly to CEO Tim Cook. Exactly what that new project is remains unclear, although recent rumors have pointed to Apple’s plans for augmented and virtual reality or building an electric car. In the picture above, Riccio is standing with former design exec Jony Ive as they demonstrate augmented reality on an iPad at WWDC.
Replacing Riccio on Apple’s executive team is John Ternus, who has been the VP of hardware engineering since 2013, and is noted as a key figure in Apple’s rollout of its new M1 CPUs.