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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.
âBob 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,â said Apple CEO Tim Cook. âWe are very sad to have him leave and hope he enjoys every day of his retirement.â
Along with the popular MacBook Air line of thin-and-light laptops, Mansfield oversaw the development of Apple's all-in-one iMac desktop.
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.
âDan has been one of Bobâs key lieutenants for a very long time and is very well respected within Apple and by the industry,â Cook said. âOur hardware engineering team is the best engineering team on earth and will not miss a beat during the transition.â