The AnandTech founder and Editor-in-Chief is leaving his blog for a career at Apple, Inc. He is now retired from the tech publishing world.

AnandTech head Anand Lal Shimpi, for whom the site is named, is leaving his long-run site for Apple, Inc.

Anand wrote on his blog that has been running for 17 years now (in a post titled “The Road Ahead”) that “After 17.5 years of digging, testing, analyzing and writing about the most interesting stuff in tech, it’s time for a change. This will be the last thing I write on AnandTech as I am officially retiring from the tech world. Ryan Smith is taking over as Editor in Chief of AnandTech.”

An Apple representative has confirmed that Anand is now working for Apple but didn’t give any details on the nature of Shimpi’s job with the company.

It’s been said that Tim Cook has not been as innovative as former CEO Steve Jobs (who handpicked Cook for the successor CEO position), but he does have a knack for selecting the right individuals for positions in needed places at the Cupertino.

Anand will certainly be an asset for Apple, seeing that his near 18 years in tech provides him with knowledge that places him, in many ways, above the most individuals that are currently located at the helm of Apple. He has been an invaluable asset in the tech publishing world, and it’s hard to imagine what the tech world will become without him. We also wish Ryan Smith, AnandTech’s new Editor-in-Chief, the best of success as he assumes a position he’s been trained to assume for the last decade he’s been with AnandTech.

Tech is always changing, and with it, people come and go. Rest assured that, while Anand Lal Shimpi is trading one location for another, he’ll still be doing what he does best – working in tech. We wouldn’t be surprised to see an Apple “Anand” processor emerge someday.

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