One of the architects of Mac OS X -- and a top Steve Jobs lieutenant -- is out
Spending more time with science, rather than one's family, is not the usual reason given for leaving a company where you spent the better part of your career. But that's what Bertrand Serlet says in the (AAPL) press release Wednesday that announced his departure.
Serlet also took the opportunity to praise Craig Federighi, who will be taking over as vice president of Mac software engineering.
But what does it mean? Early speculation among the writers who follow Apple like Kremlinologists studying the Politburo centers on the diminishing role of Mac OS X within Apple, its transformation (with Lion) into something more iOS-like, and the rising fortunes of Scott Forstall, senior VP of iOS software, who used to work for Serlet but is now perceived as outshining him.
Below: The paragraph we wrote about Serlet in June 2008, when he was considered a candidate -- albeit a long-shot -- to replace Steve Jobs. And below that, some Hacker News commentary on Serlet's contribution from two former Apple software engineers.
An options windfall for Apple's top Mac and iPhone hardware engineer
Several senior Apple (AAPL) executives -- including Betsy Rafael (controller), Jeffrey Williams (operations senior VP) and Bertrand Serlet (software engineering senior VP) -- took advantage of the company's recent record share prices to exercise some of the stock options they've been sitting on.
But none saw quite the windfall that Bob Mansfield enjoyed last Thursday. According to an SEC Form 4 MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Oct 26, 2010 8:06 AM ET
"You know, I think it wouldn't be a party," Steve Jobs told Fortune in February, describing the future of his company if, as he put it, Jobs got hit by a bus. "But there are really capable people at Apple. ... My job is to make the whole executive team good enough to be successors."
Life at Apple without Jobs may be more than just a hypothetical. The 53-year-old Silicon Valley MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jun 24, 2008 11:20 AM ET
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