Apple's VP of iPhone and iPod Engineering Left Company Near the End of 2011
According to 9to5Mac, Apple’s VP of iPhone and iPod Engineering David Tupman left his position with Apple at the end of last year. Tupman's departure is the latest in a string of Apple executives leaving their positions at Apple.
Tupman started his tenure with the introduction of the first iPod and stayed all the way through the development and release of the iPhone 4S. Needless to say Apple lost a vital component of the iDevice team. Tupman, a UK native, attended and graduated from Stanford with a degree in engineering electronics. Tupman landed at Apple after working for Schlumberger (an oilfield services provider), and working his way up to the top manager position of the hardware division at Psion. At apple Tupman quickly ascended to VP of iPod Design and Engineering (later added iPhone to that title) and possesses close to 70 Apple technology patents(Apple’s tiny iPhone power adapters, battery life management, and mobile device interaction with accessories include a few).
9to5Mac claims Apple is looking to replace Tupman with an internal candidate. A number of qualified candidates litter Apple’s executive tree including Apple’s VP of iPhone and iPod design Steve Zadesky as well as Apple’s Director of iPod and iPhone engineering Vic Alessi. Alessi may be the best candidate as he worked directly with Tupman on iPhone and iPod engineering according to 9to5Mac’s sources.
While Tupman’s future is still unknown—some reports claim his is working with a few former Apple employees at NEST—Apple’s future without Tupman will likely be bright. Apple has a stable of capable replacements who will fit nicely into the house that Jobs built.