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Apple’s Vice President of Cloud Engineering, Michael Abbott, is reportedly leaving the company in April, according to Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman. Abbott has been responsible for overseeing Apple’s cloud infrastructure for services such as iCloud, iMessage, and FaceTime, among others.
Abbott has been with Apple since 2018 and has previously held executive positions at several tech companies, including Twitter, Microsoft, and Palm. The report suggests that Abbott’s team has been heavily investing in building Apple’s in-house cloud infrastructure, but they have scaled back their efforts in favor of using servers hosted by Amazon Web Services and Google Cloud.
This news comes after Peter Stern, Apple’s Vice President of Services, who oversaw iCloud, left the company earlier this year. Stern worked for Apple for over six years and was viewed as a potential successor to the company’s longtime services chief, Eddy Cue.
The role of Vice President of Cloud Engineering will now be taken over by Jeff Robbin, a longtime Apple Engineering Vice President and the creator of iTunes. Robbin’s appointment suggests that Apple is looking to make some changes to its cloud infrastructure and services, following the departure of Abbott and Stern.
Apple has been expanding its cloud services over the years, with iCloud becoming a crucial part of the company’s ecosystem. With the rise of remote work and online services, cloud infrastructure has become more important than ever. Apple’s decision to invest in its own cloud infrastructure was seen as a significant move, but it seems the company is now shifting its focus to third-party providers.