“Apple executive Bob Mansfield’s unexplained departure from Apple’s leadership team is due to the long-time engineer’s desire to focus on chipset design plus future products and less on executive duties, according to sources with knowledge of the change,” Mark Gurman reports for 9to5Mac.

“As part of Mansfield’s leave from the executive team and role change to ‘special projects’ under Apple CEO Tim Cook, Mansfield’s former duties as Senior Vice President of Technologies have been split between two Senior VPs: Hardware chief Dan Riccio and Operations head Jeff Williams, according to these sources,” Gurman reports. “As Senior Vice President of Technologies, Mansfield was also in charge of Apple’s special projects engineering teams. In his new role, sources say, Mansfield will continue to contribute to special projects (such as the iWatch), and Jeff Williams will assist in overseeing management for these groups.”

Gurman reports, “With Mansfield’s connection to chips and the distribution of other teams to other executives, it seems likely that Apple has no imminent plans to instate a new Senior Vice President of Technologies. Indeed the role itself was created specifically for Mansfield last fall.”

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