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Old Jul 28, 2013, 06:30 PM   #1
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Apple SVP Bob Mansfield Leaving Exec Team; Will Work on 'Special Projects' Reporting to Tim Cook [Updated]




Apple Senior Vice President Bob Mansfield has been removed from Apple's Leadership website in the past 24 hours with no explanation.

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"Bob is no longer going to be on Apple's executive team, but will remain at Apple working on special projects reporting to Tim," company spokesman Steve Dowling told AllThingsD.

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 is currently Senior Vice President of Technologies reporting directly to Tim Cook, a position he took last October, overseeing a group focused on innovation in wireless technology and semiconductors.

His page has been completely removed from Apple's website, though it is still visible on Google's cache.

Last year, Apple announced that Mansfield would be retiring, but several months later announced he would instead be staying at the company. Later, it leaked that Tim Cook had faced an "insurrection" after Mansfield announced his retirement, and Cook gave him an extremely generous benefits package.

At the time, it was reported that Mansfield had committed to stay at Apple through at least 2014, influenced in no small part by the departure of former iOS chief Scott Forstall.

Mansfield has been instrumental in Apple's success in recent years, overseeing the development of the very successful MacBook Air notebooks, as well as recent iPhone and iPad designs.

Article Link: Apple SVP Bob Mansfield Leaving Exec Team; Will Work on 'Special Projects' Reporting to Tim Cook [Updated]
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Old Jul 28, 2013, 06:33 PM   #2
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Surely nothing too surprising, especially after he took all those $millions of shares to persuade him to stay!
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Old Jul 28, 2013, 06:35 PM   #3
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"Should I stay or should I go"
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Old Jul 28, 2013, 06:35 PM   #4
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Old Jul 28, 2013, 06:35 PM   #5
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If they can discontinue Bob Mansfield, they can discontinue previous iPhone models.
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Old Jul 28, 2013, 06:35 PM   #6
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Old Jul 28, 2013, 06:36 PM   #7
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Surely nothing too surprising, especially after he took all those $millions of shares to persuade him to stay!
So he milked Apple as much as he could, and now he's either 1) moving on or 2) retiring. Either way, smart guy!
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Old Jul 28, 2013, 06:36 PM   #8
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Surely nothing too surprising, especially after he took all those $millions of shares to persuade him to stay!
Wait... Weren't those "$millions of shares" there to keep him there? They call them golden handcuffs for a reason.
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Old Jul 28, 2013, 06:38 PM   #9
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Wait... Weren't those "$millions of shares" there to keep him there? They call them golden handcuffs for a reason.
No official word that he's gone, right? If he is gone then I suppose those handcuffs aren't all that tight. He's a smart man if he got what he could from Apple.
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Old Jul 28, 2013, 06:40 PM   #10
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Old Jul 28, 2013, 06:40 PM   #11
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If he is retiring then this is a no brainer.
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Old Jul 28, 2013, 06:44 PM   #12
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I wonder what sort of guy will take over his place
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Old Jul 28, 2013, 06:44 PM   #13
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No official word that he's gone, right? If he is gone then I suppose those handcuffs aren't all that tight. He's a smart man if he got what he could from Apple.
Certainly not arguing he didn't make a large fortune thus far. Just pointing out that if he does leave early, breaking a contract, his generous compensation to stay longer would likely go away. Then again, like you said, we don't know if he's gone. (my words) --->Or if he is, who is the responsible party.

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NOW I get why the iPads' edges are so uncomfortable. This guy has fat hands, the sharp edges probably just squish in like a pillow. The edge discomfort probably never entered his mind. I have thin, large hands and those sharp edges are horrible to hold! I have to use a soft case on my iPad.

Get a thin guy in there to design an iPad EVERYONE can hold without discomfort.
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More website errors for apple? If so, that would suck. How many people have to hack apple?
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Seems like bad news.
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Old Jul 28, 2013, 06:52 PM   #17
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Mansfield is one of my top 3 executives at Apple.
If he goes, well... ****

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Guess it was time to spend all that money. I didn't mind in him the product vids, he seemed like a cool guy!
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Old Jul 28, 2013, 06:58 PM   #20
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i Think Bob saw those leaked pictures of the iPhone 5C and decided to call it quits....
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Old Jul 28, 2013, 07:00 PM   #21
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Bob told Tim that his Safari is not snappy enough, and the rest is history.
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Oh well. I'm sure life will go on.
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Old Jul 28, 2013, 07:05 PM   #25
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I can see it now... Apple right now is preparing to lay him off on Monday and he doesn't even know it, but now he does because he just read this article!
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