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Bob Mansfield has stepped down as the chief of technologies, Apple to move on to special projects. On Sunday( July 28) photograph of Bob was reportedly removed from the executive team's website, rising to the suspicion that something was up.
"Bob will no longer be on Apple's executive team, but he will continue to work on special projects," said Katie Cotton, an Apple spokeswoman to bloomberg. Bob whose compansation is known to be $85.5 million is one of the highest paid executives in the US. He has been key player during a time when Apple was moving its Mac personal computers to Intel Corp. (INTC) chips and the iPad was under development.
Back in 2012 Bob had announced that he would be retiring. However, the sudden departure of Dan Riccio, formerly the hardware lead for the iPad, would make Bob to stay back and pick up as the head of all hardware engineering. Later that year, Bob would again make a shift lead a new Technologies group (company's wireless and semiconductor teams).
According to a report from computerworld, Bob might be joining the team of Paul Deneve, the former CEO of Yves Saint Laurent, who has been recently hired by Apple. There is belief that that Paul' team will be involved in the highly rumored iWatch. Bob's experience in engineering could be valuable to the devlopent a a wearable computing device.