Apple today announced a major reshuffle in its hardware and engineering team. Dan Riccio has been named vice president of engineering and John Ternus will replace him as senior vice president of new equipment development.
Ternus led Apple’s hardware development team for the iPhone 12 and 12 Pro. He is also credited with leading the Mac transition to Apple Silicon. Ternus has served as Apple’s VP of Hardware Development since 2013. He was responsible for the tech giant’s work to develop hardware for key products such as the first-generation AirPods and all iPad models.
In the meantime, Riccio will turn his attention to a new project that Apple has not named. He led the design and development of the first generation iMac, iPhone 5G line, Apple M1-based Macs and AirPods Max. He joined Apple in 1998 as Chief Design Officer and was then named VP of iPad Hardware Development in 2010. In 2012, Riccio was transferred to the executive team as Head of Equipment Development.
Every innovation Dan has helped Apple bring to life has made us a better and more innovative company, and we’re thrilled to have him continue to be a part of our team. John’s deep knowledge and vast experience make him the courageous and forward-thinking leader of our hardware development team. I want to congratulate both of them on these exciting new steps, and I look forward to the many innovations they will help bring to the world.
Apple CEO Tim Cook