Bertrand Serlet to leave Apple

Bertrand Serlet
Bertrand Serlet

Apple today announced that Bertrand Serlet, Apple’s senior vice president of Mac Software Engineering, will be leaving the company. Craig Federighi, Apple’s vice president of Mac Software Engineering, will assume Serlet’s responsibilities and report to Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. Federighi is responsible for the development of Mac OS X and has been managing the Mac OS software engineering group for the past two years.

“I’ve worked with Steve for 22 years and have had an incredible time developing products at both NeXT and Apple, but at this point, I want to focus less on products and more on science,” said Bertrand Serlet, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering, in the press release. “Craig has done a great job managing the Mac OS team for the past two years, Lion is a great release and the transition should be seamless.”

Federighi worked at NeXT, followed by Apple, and then spent a decade at Ariba where he held several roles including vice president of Internet Services and chief technology officer. He returned to Apple in 2009 to lead Mac OS X engineering. Federighi holds a Master of Science degree in Computer Science and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley.

Serlet joined Apple in 1997, and has been involved in the definition, development and creation of Mac OS X, the world’s most advanced operating system. Before joining Apple, Serlet spent four years at Xerox PARC, then joined NeXT in 1989. Serlet holds a doctorate in Computer Science from the University of Orsay, France.

Source: Apple Inc.

MacDailyNews Take: The future is Forstall.

Good luck in your endeavors, Dr. Serlet.


  1. For all you assholes out there criticizing Bertrand for his eye, etc, go f*ck yourselves. 

    Bertrand has singlehandedly dragged OS X into the modern age overtaking Windows for user functionality, usabilty, UI design comprising Expose, widgets, spaces & other OS elements. 

    A far reaching, far sighted man. A loss for Apple as great as if Jonathan Ive had left.

    My best wishes go to Bertrand & his future endeavors.

  2. While I know that jobs turn over – what may be curious is to watch the number of vacated positions. Have they been there during the majority of Jobs tenure. Are they worried about the brand in Jobs absence. For as much as I enjoy Apple products – I’d guarantee I’m not the only one to get nervous at the thought of the passing of the torch. No one brand has been so synonymously intertwined with it’s figure head. A true cult of personality. Is this something Apple can over come?

    Look at the issue with Ive.

  3. Uh-oh. This is not a good sign for Apple.

    If Bertrand Serlet is leaving, something bad is brewing inside of Apple and a mass exodus will likely soon follow.

    This is the beginning of the end of Apple as we know it.

    This is very very very bad news for Apple, and all people who love Apple.

    1. MacBill, I’m 100% sure this is not bad news for . The secret to running an ultra-successful company like  is everyone is expendable, no exceptions.

      Remember when Avie Tevanian left in 2006? Same fear then, but not a problem in the long term.

    2. Wow, MacBill, aren’t you a ray of sunshine.
      Sometimes people retire, just because they want to retire.

      Bonne chance, Mr. Serlet. I hope your retirement is filled with joy and relaxation.
      (I’m guessing that some grandkids are about to get really spoiled!)

  4. The guy has earned it and can now reap some of the fruits of his labor.
    Macheads, this is the guy who took NextStep/OpenStep and morphed it into OS X and matured it into what it is today. As OS X is also the father of iOS (built on an enhanced subset of OS X) he also should be given some credit regarding iOS.
    Ive designs pretty boxes, Serlet is the guy that brought the box to life. It’s a BFD.


    We will miss you in Appleland, and wish you well as you embark on journeys of scientific exploration! Keep in touch!

  6. First Tevanian and now Serlet. The legends slowly leave Apple.

    Along with Jobs, they kept the light lit while Apple (and we) went through the dark ages in the 90s.

    We owe these legends a deep debt of gratitude for keeping that light alive and igniting today’s revolution.

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