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Key iPhone, iPod executive left Apple last year

Apple quietly lost one of its most important iPhone and iPod executives late last year, according to a new report. Citing anonymous sources, 9to5Mac reports that David Tupman, Apple’s Vice President of iPhone and iPod engineering for over a decade, left the company late last year. Tupman was hired by the company shortly before the introduction of the original iPod, and was soon promoted to vice president of iPod engineering, a position that saw him help in the development of every iPod released to date. Tupman was also tapped to help build the iPhone, and, as a result, his title was expanded. In addition, Tupman is listed on around 70 Apple technology patents, including filings related to power and battery life management, noise-canceling ear buds, iPhone power adapters, and interaction with accessories. According to the report, a successor has yet to be named, but Apple is said to be actively pursuing a replacement from inside the company.

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Wonder if this is related to the complete non-update to the iPod family last fall?

Posted by Code Monkey on February 7, 2012 at 11:52 AM (CST)


You could read this two ways—either the axe fell on Tupman for lack of innovation last year, or this is a casualty in an intentional move away from iPod development on Apple’s part (in which case, it could’ve been a mutual parting).

If the former, that gives some hope for iPods this fall.

If the latter, then the next person to fill Tupman’s role is likely someone that Apple wants one step closer to the door. Can you imagine getting that tap on the shoulder? Time to get your resume polished up.

Posted by rockmyplimsoul on February 7, 2012 at 6:12 PM (CST)


Either way, this fall is going to be a big signal to the future of Apple regarding non-tablet, non-phone consumer devices.

They can probably continue to coast on the non-iOS members of the iPod family, but they’re already about to hand a lot of Vita sales to Sony with their decision to stick with the anemic (even when it launched in 2010) iPod touch specs. A majority of high profile apps that have launched in recent months will not run stably, if at all, when they first come out on the currently shipping touch even when the store claims 4G touch compatibility, and it’s all due to the schizophrenic decision to give it a retina display while holding it to 256MB of RAM. Although, not an iPod, it’s even worse for the iPad 1 as more and more devs aren’t even trying to claim compatibility with the iPad 1.

Posted by Code Monkey on February 8, 2012 at 10:37 AM (CST)

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