A number of years in the past, there was seemingly an enormous exodus of engineers who left Apple to work at Tesla. And although hopping between tech firms in and round Silicon Valley is actually widespread, the sheer quantity of ex-Apple staff who departed for Tesla naturally raised a number of eyebrows. If you recall, even Elon Musk chimed in on the matter, comically noting that some of us at Tesla jokingly seek advice from Apple as a Tesla Graveyard.
“If you don’t make it at Tesla,” Musk added, “you go work at Apple. I’m not kidding.”
Interestingly, although, Tesla over the previous few months has seen an exodus of its personal, with lots of the firm’s extra notable engineers and executives opting to go away the corporate underneath considerably mysterious circumstances. Just final yr for instance, former Apple engineer Chris Lattner left Tesla after solely six months.
More not too long ago, Doug Field — who was previously Tesla’s Senior VP of Engineering — opted to take a depart of absence from the electrical automaker in May. And now comes phrase from John Gruber over at Daring Fireball that Field — a star engineer who beforehand labored at Apple for five years in Mac engineering — is coming again to Apple.
Here’s some attention-grabbing hiring information I’ve heard via the little birdie grapevine:1 Doug Field — who left Tesla in May after overseeing Model three manufacturing — has returned to Apple, working in Bob Mansfield’s venture Titan group. Apple spokesperson Tom Neumayr confirmed with me solely that Field has returned to Apple, however nobody ought to discover it shocking that he’s engaged on Titan.
Funny sufficient, when phrase of Field taking a depart of absence from Tesla first emerged, together with reviews of pressure amongst executives and prime engineers, Musk promptly popped off on Twitter.
“Can’t consider you’re even writing about this,” Musk stated. “My job as CEO is to concentrate on what’s most important, which is presently Model three manufacturing. Doug, who I regard as one of many world’s most gifted engineering execs, is targeted on automobile engineering.”
Apple, in the meantime, clearly stays within the automotive realm, although the corporate has reportedly scaled again its ambitions and is now solely targeted on self-driving automobile expertise.