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Apple has hired several headline-making executives in recent memory, but last month Cupertino lost a key employee who helped shape the company's mobile brand. Former iOS Engineering Vice President Henri Lamiraux retired soon after iOS 7.0.3 was released several weeks ago, and confirmed the news to 9to5Mac after quietly updating his LinkedIn profile to reflect the change.

Lamiraux began his career as a Mac software engineer, eventually working his way up as an engineering manager for the desktop OS before switching over to the company's mobile platform in 2005, where he served as director of software and then senior director of engineering. He was one of the few remaining engineers at Apple who worked on the iPhone from its conception.

With the launch of its most recent mobile OS and the departure of Scott Forstall, Lamiraux played a key role in the development of iOS 7. He served as unofficial iOS head under senior vice president of software engineering Craig Federighi, developing Apple's built-in applications, managing all iOS bug fixing and leading feature implementation and distribution. It's unclear if Lamiraux's departure will noticeably affect the operating system for consumers, but we likely won't know the answer to that question until the release of iOS 8 next year.