AnandTech founder Anand Lal Shimpi announced he's retiring from the tech publishing world. Shimpi started his website in April 1997 when he was just 14 years old. He's 32 now and explains that after 17.5 years of digging, testing, analyzing and writing about tech it's time for a change:
But after 17.5 years of digging, testing, analyzing and writing about the most interesting stuff in tech, it’s time for a change. This will be the last thing I write on AnandTech as I am officially retiring from the tech publishing world. Ryan Smith (@RyanSmithAT) is taking over as Editor in Chief of AnandTech. Ryan has been working with us for nearly 10 years, he has a strong background in Computer Science and he’s been shadowing me quite closely for the past couple of years. I am fully confident in Ryan’s ability to carry the torch and pick up where I left off. We’ve grown the staff over the course of this year in anticipation of the move. With a bunch of new faces around AnandTech, all eager to uphold the high standards and unique approach to covering tech, I firmly believe the site can continue to thrive for years to come.
Shimpi's farewell post is light on details about what he's going to do next but word on the web is that he took up an unknown position at Apple. Recode claims an Apple rep confirmed this but wouldn't provide any other details:
Anand Lal Shimpi, the editor and publisher of the well-regarded AnandTech site, is going to work at Apple.
An Apple rep confirmed that the company was hiring Shimpi, but wouldn’t provide any other details.