|Born||May 27, 1969|
|Alma mater||University of California, Berkeley (B.S., M.S.)|
|Occupation||SVP of Software Engineering at Apple Inc.|
Craig Federighi (born May 27, 1969) is Apple's senior vice president of Software Engineering. Federighi oversees the development of iOS, macOS and Apple's common operating system engineering teams. His teams are responsible for delivering the software at the heart of Apple's products, including the user interface, applications and frameworks.
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. He is of Italian descent. Federighi was married as of 2014 and has one child, a daughter.
Federighi worked under Steve Jobs at NeXT, where he led development of the Enterprise Objects Framework. 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
He returned to Apple in 2009 and led macOS engineering. On March 23, 2011, Federighi succeeded Bertrand Serlet as vice president of Mac Software Engineering at Apple, and on August 27, 2012 he was promoted to senior vice president, reporting to CEO Tim Cook. 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. As such, he has been credited for leading the development of macOS 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. His first appearance was during WWDC 2009 when he helped Bertrand Serlet introduce OS X Snow Leopard. He again made another appearance during 2010's 'Back to the Mac' presentation, showing off OS X Lion. 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. At WWDC 2015, where he delivered most of Apple's main opening day two-hour presentation, Federighi introduced iOS 9 and OS X 10.11 "El Capitan", and revealed plans to release Apple’s new programming language Swift as an open source project. In September 2015 he demoed 3D Touch in the new iPhone 6S. At WWDC 2016, Federighi introduced iOS 10 and OS 10.12 "Sierra". He emphasized that after using the OS X name for 15 years, OS X would be rebranded "macOS" inline with the naming scheme used for iOS, tvOS, and watchOS. He also introduced iOS 10. He emphasized the use of widgets on the lock screen and also announced new APIs for Siri and iMessage that would be open to all developers. Both systems were announced to be released in Fall 2016 respectively.
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