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Apple cloud services chief Michael Abbott to step down next month: report


Bloomberg News reported on Friday, citing people familiar with the matter, that Apple CEO Michael Abbott, who is in charge of cloud services, will leave the company in April.

The iPhone maker did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment.

Abbott, who joined Apple in 2018, heads up iCloud and is responsible for the platform that powers features like Emergency SOS and Find My on iPhone as well as new features including iCloud data encryption.

He previously held senior positions at Twitter and Palm, and was a partner at venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins.

Bloomberg News reports that Jeff Rubin, a longtime Apple engineer, will take over Abbott’s responsibilities.

Earlier this year, Insider reported that Vice President of Services Peter Stern, who has overseen the expansion of Apple’s paid subscription business, particularly television offering Apple TV+, would be leaving the company.

Shares in Apple were up about 3.4 percent in afternoon trading.

Last November, Britain’s competition regulator, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), launched a full investigation into cloud gaming and mobile browsers over concerns about restrictions imposed by iPhone maker Apple and Google. Apple, in January 2023, lodged an appeal against an investigation by the British competition watchdog into the dominance of its mobile browsers in the cloud gaming market.

Lawyers representing Apple said in a notice filed with the Competition Court of Appeal on Friday that the CMA’s investigation should be reviewed. In their argument, the lawyers said that the Capital Market Authority did not comply with the timing requirements related to the start of the investigation.

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