Apple Announces Retirement of Bob Mansfield, Senior VP of Hardware Engineering

Discussion in ' News Discussion' started by MacRumors, Jun 28, 2012.

  1. upthetoffees macrumors regular

    Jun 4, 2012
    This can only be positive for the next season of CYE, must have been tough to do both at once.
  2. blow45 macrumors 68000

    Jan 18, 2011
    Have a happy retirement Mr. Mansfield, all the best, and thanks for all the great macs and i devices.

    I hope his replacement is better than Bertrand Serlet's replacement for OS X Creg Federighi who s done such a poor job
  3. cvaldes macrumors 68040

    Dec 14, 2006
    somewhere else
    Maybe he's fed up with the commute over Highway 17.
  4. oiuh151 macrumors 6502

    May 18, 2011
  5. Stewie86 macrumors member

    Mar 19, 2009
    Houston, TX
    I'm going to miss seeing him in the new release videos of products. =\
  6. Bevz macrumors 6502a

    Oct 23, 2007
    I think you nailed it there... Like you said; the stress must be enormous! Seems to me this position has always had a pretty fast turnover of staff and that's probably partly down to the huge pressure the job must bring with it... Good luck to Bob; he seemed a nice fella on the videos; really hope he enjoys the money and retirement :)
  7. Belmakor macrumors member

    Nov 16, 2009
    Sunshine Coast, Australia
    Maybe he's got enough already? Maybe there are things in life more important than accumulating more money?
  8. petsounds, Jun 28, 2012
    Last edited: Jun 28, 2012

    petsounds macrumors 65816

    Jun 30, 2007
    No, that's the dream of MBA's. People like Steve Jobs are in business because it fulfills them. It's their passion. That's why they make great products. Other people, whose main goal is getting rich, just make average products that are designed to make the most money.

    I'm certainly not suggesting Mr. Mansfield is in the latter camp however. The stress that comes with making something great can wear someone down in a profound way. I certainly believe it contributed to Jobs' health. It, by most accounts, killed film director Krzysztof Kieslowski. So I certainly don't blame anyone for stepping out early.
  9. sazivad macrumors 6502

    Jul 21, 2011
    New Jersey
    In before "end of Apple" decriers.

    Seriously, though, I wish him well.
  10. koruki macrumors 65816


    Aug 16, 2009
    New Zealand
    I think he's done a great job in the last decade, its sad to see the original dream team slowly fading away. I definitely don't think he is retiring from work for his stock payout. People like him aren't exactly starving, sure it would be nice to have a bunch of money in the bank, but if he's learned anything from Steve, all the extra money does nothing for you (in the book steve mentions people who went off and bought Rolls Royces and it did nothing for them).

    He will likely go and start a new company because people like him would get restless easily. Best of luck to him.
  11. Gregintosh macrumors 68000

    Jan 29, 2008
    Sure, passion is great but a passion doesn't necessarily have to be at work.

    For example, design might be his passion, but maybe he wants to design some things in his spare time for himself not just computers for Apple. Or Maybe Bob likes butterflies and wants to spend some time looking at them. Who knows?

    The point is that you can only do something for so long before you need to switch it up. And once you've made your money, you aren't motivated by that any more.

    I wasn't implying that Bob was in it just for the money and had no passion for the work, I was just saying that once you've made so much (tens of millions of dollars) you look at things differently. You can be more selective with how you spend your time.

    And passions are often fleeting. They can last for short bursts of time, perhaps even lifetimes in some cases, but its really a case by case thing. And if you don't have the energy anymore or you just want to enjoy other things for a while, then you walk away even from something you're passionate about.

    Judging by the fact he graduated college in 1982, that would put him in his early 50's right now. Maybe he just wants to enjoy his family, traveling, and other things while he physically still can enjoy them instead of spending all his time at Apple HQ.
  12. chrmjenkins macrumors 603


    Oct 29, 2007
    The bulk of people who own one use it for such. It is a tool for some, but they are not the majority.
  13. Shrink macrumors G3


    Feb 26, 2011
    New England, USA
    I'm so insanely jealous!!!:eek:

    The young man looks like he's barely out of his 20's, and he has enough to retire 20 times over.

    Well, more power to him. He has apparently done a wonderful job at Apple, and I'm sure he will find some way to continue his work...or just hang out!!

    I'm so insanely jealous!!!:eek:

    :rolleyes: :D
  14. Frisco macrumors 68020

    Sep 24, 2002
    Yeah but what is he doing for the unemployed people in this country? If he gave his money to the impoverished that would show some character.
  15. sshambles macrumors 6502a


    Oct 19, 2005
    He will be missed in presentations. Quite a good presenter, well spoken and seemed dedicated to his role. Thanks Bob.
  16. BoulderAdonis macrumors regular


    Apr 30, 2012
    Palo Alto, CA
    Which is why you'll never have the money. These people do what they do because they love it. Just happens to be in a domain that made them millions... It was never their idea to "just work my ass off till I get rich so I can quit."

    If that were the case Bob, (Jobs, Jony, et. al.) could have "quit" a long time ago. They didn't come because they were told they were going to make millions. They came because they believed they could change the world. And when they did they were rewarded handsomely for it.
  17. The Smyrk macrumors member

    Feb 12, 2012
    Austin, TX
  18. mrfoof82 macrumors 6502a

    May 26, 2010
    Lawton, OK
    For those that aren't aware, Bob Mansfield personally hugs every iMac and Mac Pro that rolls off the production line.

    This is clearly the end of an era.
  19. manu chao macrumors 603

    Jul 30, 2003
    Was he ever live on stage during a keynote? Or only present in the promotional videos they showed?
  20. thekev macrumors 604


    Aug 5, 2010
    I wasn't aware of that, but it does seem pretty odd.
  21. pubwvj macrumors 68000


    Oct 1, 2004
    Mountains of Vermont
  22. mdriftmeyer macrumors 68030


    Feb 2, 2004
    Pacific Northwest
    Nice to see a Mechanical Engineering taking the seat. Steve would want that type of leader in the position.
  23. eastercat macrumors 68040


    Mar 3, 2008
    I'll have to agree with the above posters who said there's an underlying reason for his retirement at 50.
    For all we know, he's been told that he needs to reduce his stress (and probably his weight) or suffer a heart attack.

    Whatever the reason, I wish him the best.
  24. Kaibelf macrumors 68020


    Apr 29, 2009
    Silicon Valley, CA
    What an insulting comment. Not only are you complaining when someone retires after a lifetime of hard work, but you question their judgment as they exit.
  25. petsounds macrumors 65816

    Jun 30, 2007
    That might be true, and I'm not reading into Mansfield's motives, nor did I assume you were. What I took issue with was your statement that the "dream in business is to get rich." I think that's a modern American dream furthered by certain business schools. Of course every business wants to make money, and make a good profit. But our modern business culture that chases the dollar and lets quarterly profits dictate business strategy is poison in the well of American capitalism.

    Old school tech companies used to invest heavily in R&D. Their focus was making innovative products. Look back 50 years, and Xerox, Bell Labs, and Hewlett-Packard were changing the face of technology. Apple grew out of that culture, while it still existed, and fortunately still maintains it. But they are one of the last of a dying breed. Everything is about ROI now -- no research, just copy what everyone else is doing and churn out cheap ****. This is not just hardware, either -- this attitude is rampant in software. Facebook, Instagram, Zynga. These companies are focused on getting as rich as possible. Not on serving customers in the best way. Although business schools and venture capitalists really infected the tech industry, this started with Microsoft, and Bill Gates. A guy who retired early and rich beyond imagination. I don't say that to make a comparison to Mr. Mansfield, but I say that because Gates grew up in the same shadow of the old tech companies (though maybe not as hippie; he grew up in a privileged environment in Seattle) as Steve Jobs and made a choice to focus on money instead of great products.

    I use that term 'customer' deliberately because modern companies don't use that term anymore. Everyone is a 'consumer'. The change in that word means a lot. When we were customers, companies existed to benefit us. When we are seen as consumers, we exist to benefit companies.

    And I think all of that, it comes back to the original matter -- do you go into business to get rich, or to make great things that will help people? I believe the world is better off with people who do the latter.

Share This Page