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Apr 12, 2001

Intel has been searching for a new CEO since Brian Krzanich resigned nearly seven months ago, and Axios now reports that the chipmaker's list of candidates includes Johny Srouji, Senior Vice President of Hardware Technologies at Apple.


Srouji joined Apple in 2008 to lead development of the A4 chip, the first Apple-designed system-on-a-chip in the iPhone 4, and now oversees custom silicon and hardware technologies including batteries, application processors, storage controllers, sensors silicon, and other chipsets across Apple's entire product line.

It's unclear if Srouji is interested in leading Intel, where he worked between 1990 and 2005 in both his native Israel and the United States, according to his LinkedIn profile. Srouji also worked at IBM between 2005 and 2008.

Apple's custom A-series chips lead the mobile industry in terms of performance, so losing Srouji would certainly be a major blow for the iPhone maker, although the company obviously has a larger team of engineers working on the silicon. Back in 2017, Srouji said his team was already working on chips for 2020.

Apple is rumored to use an Intel wireless chip in its first 5G-capable iPhone in 2020.

Article Link: Apple's Chipmaking Chief Johny Srouji Reportedly on Intel's List of Potential CEOs


macrumors 601
Apr 2, 2008
New York.
But here’s my thing... He works with a large team. Even if the team is small, I’m sure there are people on the team who can step up in his place.

I don’t really see how it would be a major blow.
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macrumors 6502a
May 26, 2015
Although you trust him to design the chips that hold your most sensitive information such as bank details etc.
And just like that you win the Internet comment of the day award.
But here’s my thing... He works with a large team. Even if the team is small, I’m sure there are people on the team who can step up in his place.

I don’t really see how it would be a major blow.
He’s very much the visionary. He has always been, so yes it’d be a massive loss for Apple, and I am not sure anyone can just step in. On the other hand, maybe Intel would stop being so crap.


macrumors 68000
Jul 6, 2012
Apple should have a talk with him and make sure he stays (and is compensated to ensure that). Apple's future literally rests on the stuff this guy's group makes. JMHO....
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macrumors G4
Oct 24, 2014
Downside outlook for Intel is less so that would be a smarter career move.


macrumors regular
Dec 2, 2017
If he leaves, then you know Apple's ARM in Mac plans have fallen through. If he stays, Intel may need to be worried.

Intel is legacy dead technology. He might leave for the millions he'll make being the CEO of a company like Intel. But the x86 is a disaster in my opinion. The future is ARM. Staying with Apple and a senior VP vs. being the CEO of Intel worth millions is a step up career-wise. I wouldn't fault anyone for jumping at that opportunity.


macrumors 68030
Jun 30, 2007
Midwest USA
If he moves it could only be for a few reasons; 1) the money/responsibility offered at Intel was not matched by Apple, or 2) No amount of money offered by the current management of Apple would have made a difference.

Or if he does not move, then this story is all about getting a raise and more responsibility at Apple.

Time will tell.
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