AppleInsider is supported by your audience and you can get revenue on relevant purchases like Amazon Associate and affiliate. These affiliate programs do not affect our editorial content. Ian Goodfellow, Apple’s chief technology officer, left after three years, due in part to the iPhone maker’s policy on returning to work in offices. Technology is leaving three years after it joined Apple, as part of Apple’s efforts to expand existing AI and machine learning capabilities. Goodfellow acknowledges the forthcoming submission by email to staff.
While the official reasons for leaving are unknown, Goodfellow is adamant that a change in policy by Apple to allow more people to work from its offices is a case in point. “I strongly believe that more flexibility will be the best policy for my team,” Goodfellow wrote in a note according to Zoe Schiffer of The Verge. Goodfellow joined Apple in March 2019, according to his LinkedIn profile, as “Technology Director in the Project Team.” The profile has not been updated with the departure.
Previously, Goodfellow worked for Google as a senior staff research specialist. He is also known for his work on Adversarial Generative Networks, or GANs, which put two competitive athletic networks into each other, to ensure the smooth running of the programs. The policy involved is an Apple employee to work in its various offices from April 11 onwards, starting with a one-day hybrid work schedule per week in the office and further increasing the number of days in the office over time.
Not all Apple employees are eager to continue with the idea. A study of a small number of employees found that a large proportion of workers were seeking employment elsewhere, including return-office policy, the likelihood of COVID infections, toxic industry culture, and a lack of work life balance referred to as reason for the need to move forward.