All in-depth articles about my Apple career:
- How I ended up at Apple (1999)
- AppleCare (1999-2000)
- Mail team (2000-2004)
- Aperture: Senior QA (2004-2005)
- Eye Candy QA (2005-2011)
- Flipboard interlude (2011-2013)
- Calendar and Contacts (2013-2015)
- SwiftUI (2015-2016)
- Watch Hardware (2016-2017)
- Eye Candy QA (2018-2019)
- Why I left Apple (2019)
This was the last job in my Apple career. However, I worked on the Eye Candy team before for 6 1/2 years, the longest job I held at Apple.
After the disaster of the Watch Hardware team, I really needed an anti-dote. I called up my old manager, John Louch, and asked him if there was a spot on the team. As incredible luck would have it, the person that replaced me 6 years earlier had just been fired.
I was back on the team!
There were two new members, both of whom I liked and respected greatly. They were working on some cool stuff, including Sidecar which recently shipped and the new screencapture. Also, they were rewriting everything in Swift! Bonus.
What I discovered was the previous job just sucked the life out of me. I had never felt so disrespected and unvalued in my entire career. It was a waste of a whole year of my life.
Plus, the health problems that were caused by the job continued and I found it increasingly hard to do my job.
Most importantly, I just could not get motivated. Maybe a day or two a week, I had a spurt of productivity, then I just couldn’t do anything.
One month after my twentieth anniversary of starting, the year after the first iMac shipped and when $50m was considered an amazing quarterly profit and the company was worth $4 billion, I quit.
As I mentioned in my first post, my original plan was to stay 2 years and see if Apple survived. Now it’s a $1 trillion company.
RIP: April 12, 1999—May 1, 2019