by Joe White
July 29, 2013
Bob Mansfield, senior vice president of Technologies at Apple, has left the company's executive team. Though Mansfield's departure was not immediately confirmed by Apple, instead appearing only through his disappearance from the Cupertino, Calif. company's Leadership website, a spokesperson has since confirmed the change. Steve Dowling, an Apple spokesperson, told AllThingsD: "Bob is no longer going to be on Apple’s executive team, but will remain at Apple working on special projects reporting to Tim." The website explains:
He declined any further explanation, refusing to comment on the reasons behind Mansfield’s abrupt demotion or whether Apple plans to appoint a new SVP of Technologies.Mansfield played a big role in Apple's development of the MacBook Air, along with the iPhone and iPad. More recently, rumors had suggested that the senior vice president was overseeing the development of Apple's so-called "iWatch." We'll keep you updated with further information on this unusual situation as we receive it. In the meantime, see: Performance Comparison: Nexus 7 Versus iPad mini, Hardware Comparison: Google’s New Nexus 7 Versus Apple’s iPad mini, and Today's Best Apps: Disconnect Kids And Did You See?.