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Apple CEO Dan Riccio is close to retirement after 25 years on the job.

Former Senior Vice President of Hardware Engineering Dan Riccio is said to be “nearing retirement” after more than 25 years at Apple.

The Apple Vision Pro project has reportedly been completed under Riccio's leadership. In 2021, it was reported that he left his position as senior vice president of hardware engineering in 2021 to work on this “special project”.

Now that he has been released, Riccio is said to be planning to retire after working at Apple for just over 25 years.

Ricchio, who started at Apple as vice president of hardware engineering working on the Mac, spent much of his later career on the iPad. Before joining Apple, he was a senior manager of mechanical engineering at Compaq.

Touch ID and later Face ID, largely credited to Riccio, are now key technologies for the security of Apple products. He can also be credited with leading Apple's transition from relying on Intel chips to developing its own chips.

In 2010, he was named vice president of iPad hardware engineering, and in 2012, he became senior vice president of hardware engineering. He was replaced in this position by John Ternus in the summer of 2021 to focus on Apple Vision Pro.

As the automotive technology project winds down, in addition to CarPlay development, there will likely be a shift in the company's engineering hierarchy as Riccio retires. In his Sunday morning newsletter, Bloomberg's Mark Gurman speculated that Vice President Mike Rockwell, who currently runs the day-to-day operations of Apple's Vision Pro group, could begin reporting directly to CEO Tim Cook or COO Jeff Williams.

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