If you've built your own PC at any time over the past decade and a half, chances are you'll have come across AnandTech in the course of your research. Founded by a precocious teenager way back in 1997, the tech news site has grown from covering motherboards and other PC components to offering some of the most in-depth technical analyses of mobile devices today. Widely respected for his enormous experience and expertise, the site's founder and editor Anand Lal Shimpi revealed over the weekend that he was retiring from technology journalism, and now his next destination has been revealed: Apple Inc.
An Apple representative has confirmed the hire for Recode, though there's predictably little information to go on beyond the fact that one of tech journalism's most authoritative figures has joined one of the industry's true giants. Shimpi has previously done consulting work and collaborated with hardware manufacturers on identifying and rectifying issues with components like solid state drives. He was also the driving force behind AnandTech's push to name and shame smartphone manufacturers that artificially enhanced their devices' performance in popular benchmarks. Now at Apple, he's most likely to remain focused on the intricacies of device engineering, though his deep industry connections may also help enhance the company's already extraordinary supply chain.
Shimpi's departure note on AnandTech states that the site's editorial staff has been expanded over the course of this year to prepare for his absence. Also missing from AnandTech's archives since February is Brian Klug, the site's senior smartphone reviewer, who 9to5Mac reports is already working at Apple. Given the close working relationship between Klug and Shimpi, it makes sense that the two would seek to continue their partnership. It also narrows down the potential focus of their work to mobile processors, whether for upcoming iPhones or not-yet-existent iWatches.