An Apple rep confirmed the hiring to Re/code but wouldn’t provide any other details.
Last night, Anand posted news of his retirement from tech writing:
But after 17.5 years of digging, testing, analyzing and writing about the most interesting stuff in tech, it’s time for a change. This will be the last thing I write on AnandTech as I am officially retiring from the tech publishing world. Ryan Smith (@RyanSmithAT) is taking over as Editor in Chief of AnandTech.
He also added "As for me, I won’t stay idle forever. There are a bunch of challenges out there :)"
Hopefully, we'll find out what his role is at Apple soon and we wish him the best!