Apple’s Dan Riccio takes on new role focusing on a new mystery project; John Ternus takes lead of hardware team

Apple today announced Dan Riccio will transition to a new role focusing on a new mystery project and reporting to CEO Tim Cook, building on more than two decades of innovation, service, and leadership at Apple. John Ternus will now lead Apple’s Hardware Engineering organization as a member of the executive team.

“Every innovation Dan has helped Apple bring to life has made us a better and more innovative company, and we’re thrilled that he’ll continue to be part of the team,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO, in a statement. “John’s deep expertise and wide breadth of experience make him a bold and visionary leader of our Hardware Engineering teams. I want to congratulate them both on these exciting new steps, and I’m looking forward to many more innovations they’ll help bring to the world.”

Dan Riccio will work on a new project after an remarkable career that began in 1998.
Dan Riccio will work on a new project after an remarkable career that began in 1998.

Riccio has been a leader in designing, developing, and engineering almost all of Apple’s products. From the first generation iMac to the more recent 5G iPhone lineup, M1-based Macs, and AirPods Max, Riccio built the Hardware Engineering teams and scaled Apple’s ability to innovate across multiple new product lines with the highest quality. After joining Apple in 1998 as a leader on the Product Design team, Riccio became vice president of iPad Hardware Engineering in 2010, and in 2012 he joined the executive team as the leader of Hardware Engineering. Riccio will continue to play an instrumental role in shaping the future of Apple’s products in his new position as a vice president of engineering.

“Working at Apple has been the opportunity of a lifetime, spent making the world’s best products with the most talented people you could imagine,” said Riccio in a statement. “After 23 years of leading our Product Design or Hardware Engineering teams — culminating with our biggest and most ambitious product year ever — it’s the right time for a change. Next up, I’m looking forward to doing what I love most — focusing all my time and energy at Apple on creating something new and wonderful that I couldn’t be more excited about.”

John Ternus will join the Apple executive team as senior vice president of Hardware Engineering.
John Ternus will join the Apple executive team as senior vice president of Hardware Engineering.

Ternus takes on the role of senior vice president of Hardware Engineering. Ternus joined Apple’s Product Design team in 2001 and has been a vice president of Hardware Engineering since 2013.

Throughout his nearly 20 years at Apple, Ternus has overseen hardware engineering work on a variety of groundbreaking products, including the first generation AirPods, and every generation of iPad. Most recently, Ternus led the hardware team responsible for the incredible iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro, and he has been a key leader in the ongoing transition of the Mac to Apple silicon. Ternus graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania.

MacDailyNews Take: A secret new Apple mystery project or, possibly, a transition towards retirement, either way, Dan Riccio has already had remarkable career. Good luck to both Riccio and Ternus in their new roles!


  1. Reporting directly to Tim Cook likely goes like this:
    -You wanted to see me mr. cook?
    -Why yes, you are correct we have fully marginalized the majority of the population and subliminally accused them of bigotry, racism, sexism, homophobia, xenophobia and environmental terrorism.
    -Yes, sir, you are correct we must find more ways to further instill the discomfort of these inherit flaws in our customers.
    -may I suggest we lower our record profit margins on all our devices in order for a customers to keep a few thousand dollars to better themselves or donate to a charity of their choice…..
    -yes sir, I understand and you are the best arbiter of what causes are worthwhile and I will have security escort me on my way out…

    1. Right. Tim Cook has alienated the entire possible consumer base, so the company isn’t making any money and all the investors have sold their stock, causing the price to crater. Or something.

    2. Your MAGA has gone underground so slither in that direction. Provision yourself with the whole gamut of Apple products and services, however.
      By the way, M(x)GA was first used my your historical hero, Fascist Il Duce Benito Mussolini, who preached Make Italy Great (MIG) as well as coining “Drain the swamp.” Your two heroes were anti-environmentalists who drained the beneficial swamp and made it into a vile cesspool.

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