updated 04:47 pm EST, Sun November 3, 2013
Head iOS engineer leaves Apple
Henri Lamiraux, Apple's Vice President of Engineering for iOS, has departed the company, it was revealed this weekend. Lamiraux's departure was confirmed on Sunday by 9to5Mac, which reported that the Apple exec had decided "a little while ago" that iOS 7 would be his final release. Lamiraux was reportedly the "head of iOS," having had a significant role in guiding the mobile operating system.
Lamiraux headed up feature implementation for iOS, and he managed bug-fixing and Apple's process for rolling out features to users. Also under his purview was were the iOS frameworks that underpin app development.
He reportedly worked closely with Craig Federighi, who became Apple's Senior Vice President of iOS and OS X. Prior to working with Federighi, Lamiraux reported to Scott Forstall on design, testing, and wireless software.
Lamiraux had been with Apple since 1990, joining on as a Mac software engineer. His name is on multiple important iPhone patents, including the visual voicemail feature that debuted along with Apple's bestselling smartphone. It is as yet unclear who will replace him at the company. Apple has not replied to requests for comment.