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Bertrand Serlet – The Man Behind OS X – Is Leaving Apple

The man who led the development of Mac OS X is today leaving the company. Bertrand Serlet spent nearly 14 years leading Apple’s development of their operating systems.

In a press release issued on Apple.com, Serlet explained his reasons for leaving the company:

“I’ve worked with Steve for 22 years and have had an incredible time developing products at both NeXT and Apple, but at this point, I want to focus less on products and more on science,”.

Apple’s vice president of Mac Software Engineering, Craig Federighi, will assume the role vacated by Bertrand Serlet.

Serlet praised the work done by Federighi:

“Craig has done a great job managing the Mac OS team for the past two years, Lion is a great release and the transition should be seamless.”

Serlet joined Apple in 1997 having previously worked at Xerox PARC and NeXT. He holds a decorate in Computer Science from University of Paris-Sud, France, and he was responsible for defining and creating OS X.

Serlet’s departure will come as a blow to Apple who have also had to fire-fight rumors of the departure of Jony Ive in recent months.

Is something up at Apple? Is there some boardroom discontent? I hope not but time may tell if everything is okay in Cupertino.

In the below video, Serlet speaks out about Microsoft’s “innovations” in Vista and brings up some uncanny similarities between OS X and Vista.