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Apple's iOS engineering VP Henri Lamiraux announces retirement

An executive on Apple's iOS team is out but, don't worry – the move was completely voluntary. No, he did not get fired because iOS 7 makes a few people queasy or what-have-you.

As first noticed by 9to5Mac's Mark Gurman, Apple's vice president of engineering for iOS officially retired from Apple as of "a couple of weeks ago," said the outgoing Henri Lamiraux in an email to Gurman.

He had apparently decided that iOS 7 would be his last official hoorah with the company and, since then, has updated his LinkedIn profile and Facebook page to say that he is officially done.

"Sources within Apple's iOS division say Lamiraux is respected and he was in charge of developing the applications that come with iOS. The executive also led feature-implementation across the operating system, and he managed both bug-fixing processes and feature distribution to consumers. He also managed the frameworks within the operating system that power features and allow developers to build applications," Gurman wrote.

Lamiraux, who had been with the company for a whopping 23 years, previously reported to Scott Forstall, former senior vice president for iOS prior to his resignation in October of last year.

That's following his move to the iOS team around 2005 or so which, as Gurman notes, means that he was "one of the few engineers to work on the iPhone project from the beginning."

Lamiraux started out at Apple as a Mac software engineer and worked more recently under newly crowned senior VP of software engineering Craig Federighi. In addition to his duties at Apple proper, Lamiraux also led various educational sessions at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference. He also appeared in various WWDC videos and led one of the 2012 developer keynotes at the event.

It's unclear just who might replace Lamiraux and, additionally, just what effect his departure might have on future iterations of iOS that the company is alleged to be currently working on — namely iOS 8.