updated 09:37 pm EDT, Sun August 31, 2014
PC, mobile and Mac expert retires after more than 17 years to take unnamed position
On Saturday night, well-regarded technology analyst and reviewer Anand Lal Shimpi, creator and owner of AnandTech, surprised readers with an announcement that he was retiring from the site and the tech publishing world. On Sunday, Apple confirmed that it had hired Shimpi, though it did not reveal what is job there would be. Shimpi, 32, originally started the site that became AnandTech on Geocities when he was 14 years old, and said that the site would continue without him.
In his farewell letter to readers, Shimpi named Ryan Smith, who has been with the site for the last 10 years, as the new editor-in-chief. Shimpi had been slowly turning over continuing duties such as his CPU analysis to other staffers for some time in anticipation of a change, though it is unclear if he has known about the opportunity at Apple for a while or if it was a sudden, lateral opportunity. He will continue to own Anandtech, even though he will have no direct role in it, reports Re/Code.
Although his new position has not yet been named, Shimpi has become a self-taught and widely-known technology analyst and amassed tremendous knowledge in the field over the past 17.5 years, with the site having a strong reputation for high-quality analysis and reviews of technology. He could well end up in a hardware management position for Apple, among other possible opportunities.
Shimpi stressed that little would change at the hardware-focused site, which reviews all kinds of technology but primarily PC, Mac and mobile devices. The company, he said, has been expanding its staff over the past year to help ensure continuity, and he revealed that the site has continuously grown and become more profitable over the years. Shimpi thanked his staff, parents, advertising service, and audience for the support the site has received, but admitted he was looking forward to not "flying nearly 130,000 miles every year" to cover tech conferences around the world.