Secretive startup Humane keeps hiring some of the most talented ex-Apple engineers. Its most recent signing is the iPhone maker’s former Vice President of Engineering Rubén Caballero. Humane brought him on board as a technical advisor, about a year following his departure from Apple.
What are these former Apple officials up to?
Humane was established by Bethany Bongiorno and Imran Chaudhri, also former Apple staffers. Bongiorno was Apple’s Director of Software Engineering tasked with related project management concerning iOS and macOS. Meanwhile, Chaudhri is a designer and inventor best known for co-creating a large part of the iPhone user interface, i.e. the iOS experience. Both Humane co-founders were hence well-acquainted with Caballero, an Apple veteran of 15 years.
As one of the founders of the iPhone hardware team, Caballero also worked on the AirPods, Apple Watch, iPad, and various Macintosh lineups. At one point, he was in charge of Apple’s Wireless Design & Technology team consisting of over 1,000 engineers from 26 countries, all working together on the company’s seminal 5G modem platform.
What exactly is the secretive startup trying to accomplish remains unclear to this date. According to Humane’s mission statement, its primary endeavor is facilitating “the next shift between humans and computing; the best human experience, ever.”
At the turn of the year, Humane poached Patrick Gates, an Apple official of 13 years who last worked on some ambitious cloud unification projects at the Cupertino-based tech giant. During his stint at Apple, he was also in charge of developing iCloud, FaceTime, and iMessage. Other reputable Apple veterans joined Humane in recent times, as well. Former iPhone 7 design chief Miguel Christophy and camera lead Monique Relova are some of the most prominent remaining names on the list of the startup’s employees that also appears to have a bias toward ex-Fitbit employees; with the implication being that its first product series – planned for an official reveal in the second half of 2020 – will be some sort of a wearable.