Craig Federighi

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Craig Federighi
Born 1970 (age 44–45)
Nationality American
Alma mater MS and BS University of California, Berkeley
Occupation SVP of Software engineering at Apple Inc

Craig Federighi (born 1970) is Apple's senior vice president of Software Engineering, reporting to CEO Tim Cook. Craig oversees the development of iOS, OS X and Apple's common operating system engineering teams. His teams are responsible for delivering the software at the heart of Apple's innovative products, including the user interface, applications and frameworks.[1][2]

Early life[edit]

After graduating from Acalanes High School in Lafayette, California, Federighi earned a Master of Science degree in Computer Science and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley.[3]


Federighi worked under Steve Jobs at NeXT, where he led development of the Enterprise Objects Framework.[4] He joined Apple when it acquired NeXT in 1996, but then left it in 1999 for the enterprise IT company Ariba, where he was Chief Technology Officer.

Return to Apple[edit]

He returned to Apple in 2009 and led Mac OS X engineering. On March 23, 2011, Federighi succeeded Bertrand Serlet as vice president of Mac Software Engineering at Apple,[5] and on August 27, 2012 he was promoted to senior vice president, reporting to CEO Tim Cook.[2] On October 29, 2012, upon the announcement of Scott Forstall's departure from Apple, his role was expanded to encompass iOS in addition to Mac Software Engineering.[6] As such, he has been credited for leading the development of OS X and iOS user interfaces towards a more minimalist direction, featuring extensive use of negative space, text replacing icons, brighter colours and translucency effects.

Within the community of Apple users and developers, Federighi is known for his energetic presentations of new Apple software, frequently featuring absurdist humour such as references to his somewhat bouffant hair, use of new software features to organise implausible events such as office karaoke parties and camping trips, and his claimed love of the band Rush. He introduced iOS 7 and OS X Mavericks at Apple's developer conference WWDC 2013 and iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite at WWDC 2014, where he delivered most of the main two hour presentation.[7][8]


  1. ^ "Apple Press Info - Craig Federighi". Apple. Retrieved 28 January 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Craig Federighi, Apple’s Vice President of Mac Software Engineering & Dan Riccio, Apple’s Vice President of Hardware Engineering Join Apple’s Executive Team as Senior Vice Presidents". Apple Press Release. 27 Aug 2012. Retrieved 28 Aug 2012. 
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  4. ^ Josh Lowensohn (24 March 2011). "Who is Apple's new Mac guy?". CNET. Retrieved 10 July 2012. 
  5. ^ "Bertrand Serlet to Leave Apple". Apple Press Release. Apple. March 23, 2011. Retrieved 14 June 2012. 
  6. ^ "Apple Announces Changes to Increase Collaboration Across Hardware, Software & Services". Apple Inc. 2012-10-29. Retrieved 2012-10-29. 
  7. ^ "'Superman' Gave 70% of the Apple Keynote". Mashable. Retrieved 2 June 2014. 
  8. ^ "Craig Federighi may give Apple a new jolt". USA Today. Retrieved 2 June 2014.