Father of Mac OS X Leaves Apple to Focus on Science



It seems only fitting the “father” of Mac OS X would take the software’s 10th anniversary for his exit. Betrand Serlet, Apple’s senior vice president of Mac software Engineering, and a long-time Steve Jobs associate, Wednesday announced he’s leaving the tech giant. His replacement has shepherded the next-generation of MacOS X — 10.7 “Lion” which includes greater ties to Apple’s mobile iOS platform.

Serlet, who holds a Computer Science doctorate, announced he wants to “focus less on products and more on science.” He described the upcoming Mac 10.7 as “a great release and the transition should be seamless.” Craig Federighi, Apple’s vice president of Mac Software Engineering, demonstrated Mac OS X 10.7 Lion to the media in late 2010.

The outgoing Apple executive described his more than two decades working alongside Jobs as an “incredible time.” Serlet, after working for four years at Xerox PARC, came to NeXT with Jobs in 1989. In 1997, he joined Apple, where he helped create and develop the Mac OS X operating system, which many credit for breathing life back into the Cupertino, Calif. company.

Like Serlet, Federighi is a NeXT alum before coming to Apple to lead Mac OS X engineering.

[AppleInsider, CNET]

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  • surfinghees

    Great work Mr Serlet.

  • Raj

    You are a genius and you will be missed

  • Tyler Hojberg

    I think he mis heard the memo, bring a tie for wacky tacky tie day…not wacky tacky eye day.

  • Bruno


  • Deocliciano Okssipin Vieira

    Thank you!

    Back to academia?

  • Nutz320

    I’m not gonna lie, that was funny… but also unnecessary. Imagine if he were you.

  • Ahmad Rashad

    He’s done so much for Apple. I wonder what the next step for him is as he’s to focus on ‘science’ more.

  • Yaz Khoury

    What’s up with the eye?

  • Figurative

    It’s not his eye…One half of his face is completely different than the other half!! Put up your hand on the left side and then the right. There’s no way this is a real person. I’m calling fake photo!!!

  • sapphir8

    Is he a terminator?

  • Me

    Tyler you should be on the Letterman show! What a great response

  • anonymous

    He probably wanted to go back to researching and developing things that weren’t dumbed down to the point of being painful. ie: OSX is becoming more of an iOSX as time goes on.

  • rockinrors

    eye was deeply offended by your remark.

    eeeehhhhhhh? ahahh

  • brownlee

    I’d be a billionaire who could afford a better glass eye?

  • Nutz320

    lol, true…

  • OEB

    It is great that he has dedicated his life to s’eye’nce.