Apple’s Vice President of iPhone and iPod engineering leaves the company

David Tupman, another Apple employee who not many people know about, has just left the company. His last title at Apple before resigning was “Vice President of iPhone and iPod engineering”, he has over 70 patents in his name, and he spent over a decade at what is now considered the world’s biggest smartphone vendor. Now people leave companies for various reasons, so we don’t want to suggest that he got bored of Apple or didn’t agree with the where the company was going with the iPhone, but unless this guy wanted a vacation … why would you leave Apple when the company is as hot as it is today? The folks at 9to5Mac did some investigating to figure out where David now works, and while they didn’t find anything conclusive, they think he might be joining the guys at Nest. Nest being the company that wants to make the experience of controlling the temperature of your house all futuristic.

We don’t have anything else to say about David, but we’d like to explore the future of the iPhone. Last month was the five year anniversary of Steve Jobs’ announcement of the Jesus Phone. That’s right, the iPhone is half a decade old. So let’s be honest with ourselves for a second, despite the iPhone achieving record sales quarter after quarter, the platform is starting to feel a bit dated. Depending on what Apple shows off this year with iOS 6 and the iPhone 5 we’ll know whether the company will stick to their “grid of icons across a swath of pages” user interaction model or actually try something new. Android is kind of sort of the same as iOS, and Windows Phone is the newest, though least proven, so what can Apple do differently besides make Siri more advanced?

If we had the answer we’d be in a garage coding it up right now, so we’re open to your suggestions: What does Apple need to do to iOS and the iPhone to keep it fresh?

  • I wouldn’t look too far into this. Steve Jobs is no longer with us, and Apple may be headed a new direction. This always entails a little house cleaning. Look at all of the restructuring that Microsoft did a few years ago when they were trying to recover from Windows Mobile 6.5 and Windows Vista.

    • I’m personally not looking too far into this. For what it’s worth, I think the guy simply wanted a change. Decade plus is a long time to spend with one company.

  • stupidFandroid

    Android is “kind of sort of the same as iOS”? It’s either “Android is a complete ripoff of iOS” or it’s “Android is a horribly inconsistent fragmented mess” with you people. Well it can’t be both, can it? An OS where you can completely change the launcher, dialer and various other system applications the minute you buy it, or get a different UI just by buying a different brand cannot be the same as a “grid of icons across a swath of pages”. Maybe you should use an Android phone or two before writing about them?

    • Guy

      Yes I’m sure a site called into mobile has never looked at an Android phone. If you had seen Android before the iPhone was launched (when it looked more like a RIM ripoff) you might understand why some people say that. And yes Android is fragmented so there’s no reason why they couldn’t (and didn’t in this article) say both

      • “If you had seen Android before the iPhone was launched 
        (when it looked more like a RIM ripoff)”  

        Um, Android didn’t exist at all when iPhone was launched, as the iPhone came out years before Android, so how did it look like RIM exactly?  I’ve also been using Android since it formally launched into the handset market (~V1.6) and the UI has seen no real drastic change since then.  It has never looked like RIM lol  You clearly don’t know what you’re talking about. 

        • Look at Google’s presentation of Android in early 2007 when it was demoed using a device that looked like a Palm smartphone. Android was around BEFORE the iPhone launched. The UI was ugly and it had stupid navigation that relied on a D-pad on the phone and physical buttons. Icons were on the bottom row of the home page, just like RIM’s BlackBerry UI. 

          After the iPhone was launched, that all changed. Facts are not your friend in this case.

          • It doesn’t matter what it looked like until it was released.  Especially when being demoed on re-purposed hardware.  Concepts are not products.

          • Give me a break. It wasn’t a concept. It was a PREVIEW of what Android was going to be. You’re just as bad as any other kind of sheep. 

            It doesn’t matter to Apple, anyway, since it OWNS the smartphone market in terms of the money that can be made from it.

          • Android 1.0 was released September 23 2008 on the HTC Dream G1.  Looking at a video of it, it doesn’t look at all different than the current Android GUI layout today.  As far as whatever ‘preview’ you’re talking about, it doesn’t matter until it was released as an available product.  You can criticize something that was never available.

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  • codemagic

    I would say the iOS has taken this long just to get stable and mature. The entire 1st year of the iPhone gave 3rd party developers nothing but AJAX to work with.  Take a look at how long the Desktop/Folder/Trashcan design was around before it starting looking long in the tooth (what, like 20 years?) as a yardstick for the iOS’s lifespan. 

  • iPhone and iPod very good

  • Cacarlson

    What could Apple do to shake up the game again?  At some point it’s going to be  possible to install the full Mac OS X on a hand-held device.  For years I ran Mac OS 8.0 on a Nokia N810.  It was so cool!  

    Just porting Mac OS X to a touch screen device won’t work for obvious reasons.  They would have to add something to it in order to not look retrograde.  If they did it though, it would change the game, but I admit it’s not too likely.

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  • Anonymous

    ios is a no bullshit interface for launching apps. I hope apple keeps it that way. the whole widget, live tile philosophy is a step backwards towards “windows”. I don’t care about reading email in an icon. I need to see if I have new mail, if so I read it full screen.

    • Step backwards? LOL  You know you don’t have to have widgets right?  You know you could just have a wealth of icons on your Android homescreens, just like iOS, right?  If you prefer to read your email full screen, then just add your email icon to your homescreen.  But if you want a preview, add a widget.  Don’t like the widget you have for something, download a different one!  More options for customization isn’t a step backwards, it allows for creativity and the ability for users to create unique handset experiences.  Apple devices are so boring, because everyone’s looks the same with the same plain drab user experience.  I always laugh when iPhone users ask me what kind of phone I have (Galaxy S2) and are amazed by all the things mine can do that theirs can’t. They don’t know about the cool new things available because they don’t bother looking.  They just assume that iPhone is all there is out there because that’s what the commercials tell them lol  Such sheep…lol

      • “I always laugh when iPhone users ask me what kind of phone I have (Galaxy S2) and are amazed by all the things mine can do that theirs can’t.”

        You don’t have to pretend. No one is amazed. Especially not iPhone users, who have a super high rate of satisfaction with their devices and platform. 

        Android worshippers who have never used the iPhone are just as much “sheep” — if not worse — than Apple users. Take your every day, run of the mill iPhone user who isn’t really a tech freak. They don’t really give a shit about Android just like they don’t give a shit about BlackBerry or Windows Phone. All they care about is the simplicity with which they can do the things they want, and that’s that. They don’t go running around on the Internet talking about Android fanboys being “sheep.” In fact, insecure Android users are the biggest platform shit talkers on the web. Says a ton about you lot.

        • Think what you like, but I get it all the time when I’m standing in line for something, on the bus, at a bar, etc…  I’ll be doing something on my phone and people will literally walk up and ask me what kind of phone I’m using, as it doesn’t look like their iPhone.  I then have to explain what an Android phone is, as though they’ve never heard of it before.  Most of them also say things like “I hope Apple makes widgets on the next iPhone”, or something of the like.  I call them sheep because they obviously didn’t do enough homework before making their phone purchase, as otherwise they wouldn’t be asking such silly questions.

  • Put Flash on the iPhone 🙂

  • I had the EVO two years ago, it was fine. But given I own a newer mac mini and like that product, and iPad 1 and also a regular iPhone 4, not the S. Double twist for my music was slow and buggy but worked pretty well. And I am a 55 year old college senior, long story, not a super techy, but do enjoy the fact the three devices are made to work together, but likely will turn the radio off when mu contract expires in a few months and just use it as an Ipod. Turned off cable too. Tired of subscriptions/cell phone bills, but that’s just me.

  • One time my sprint or T mobile android switched my carrier to Verizon, that was fun. Did a hard reset no real nbiggie but that could have messed up some folks with data loss. But I think that stuff is pretty rare, iPhones can crash too. Not a big fan of the term fan boy, like the products like fried chicken too, am I a chicken fan boy?

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