By Paul Knight

Leaving Apple

Today was my last day at Apple. In a sense I sort of left three months ago on unpaid leave, but today I returned my badge.

I’ve been working on Safari for iOS for seven years. I joined the team one week before the release of iPhone OS 2.0 (it was still iPhone OS at the time). It was the first version with the App Store and third party apps. Heck, we weren’t even comfortable calling them “apps” yet.

And if thou gaze long into the linen, the linen will also gaze into thee.

Safari as it existed in 2008 is nearly unrecognizable now. It had different text fields for addresses and searches, and there was a linen texture behind the web page. And checkers! Remember how pages took so long to draw that there would be a checkerboard pattern when you scrolled?

And now—wow—now I spend as much time using the internet on my phone as I do on my laptop.

I worked with some genuinely amazing people who somehow tolerated me over the years. I know everyone says that about their coworkers when they leave, but the Safari and WebKit teams are truly special to me. I wish you the best. Thank you so much.

I don’t want this to be goodbye forever. Safari is still too important to me, and there’s still so much more I want to do. But I’ve wanted to travel the world for a while now and it started to be the right time to do that, so Ava and I are going abroad for a year. I’m really excited to see what happens.

The trip is taking a lot longer to plan than we initially thought, and we got distracted along the way with large art and Burning Man and some other things, but we’re okay with that. We don’t need to be rushed.

If we know you in real life, we’re not leaving just yet. We’ll be around San Francisco for a couple more months, so let’s grab lunch.

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