Mansfield originally retired as SVP of Hardware Engineering back in June of 2012, but then came back to the company when Forstall left.
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 has been in charge many heading engineering of many projects such as the MacBook Air, iPad, iPhone and more. Perhaps this change is due to Apple's mysterious iWatch that has been rumored for sometime.
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