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Macintosh software vet Serlet leaves ‘post-PC era’ Apple

AFP, SAN FRANCISCO

A senior executive behind Macintosh computer software is leaving Apple as the culture-changing company rushes into a “post PC era” in which iPads and iPhones supplant desktop computers.

Bertrand Serlet is ceding his position as senior vice president of Mac Software Engineering to Apple executive Craig Federighi, who will report directly to chief executive Steve Jobs, the company said in a release.

“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,” Serlet said in a statement announcing his departure.

Federighi has managed the Macintosh operating system team for two years and this summer’s release of the latest version of the software, called Lion, should be “seamless,” Serlet said.

While Apple remains devoted to its Macintosh computers, its revenue is coming increasingly from trend-setting iPad tablet computers and iPhone smartphones.

Jobs has repeatedly proclaimed the onset of a post-personal computer era marked by a shift to sophisticated mobile gadgets.

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