Former Apple executive joins Microsoft in charge of hardware research such as mixed reality devices

Microsoft has hired a former Apple executive in charge of wireless technology, which will work on hybrid display hardware and artificial intelligence technology at Microsoft. Ruben Caballero, the executive, has joined Redmond, Washington-based technology giant, and has been named vice president of the company, according to his LinkedIn.

He will work on hardware such as Hololens mixed-reality headsets. The appointment is a sign of Microsoft’s investment in hardware, and the company’s hardware portfolio is growing. Microsoft confirmed the news of Caballero’s arrival.

While working for Apple, Caballero was vice president of hardware and was responsible for the development of wireless technologies such as antennas for devices such as iPhones, iPads and Macs. He also worked on Apple’s global wireless product testing while at Apple.

Caballero worked for Apple from 2005 to early 2019, and in 2019 his modem development arm, which gives the device the ability to connect to cellular networks, was merged into Apple’s custom chip division run by Johnny Srouji. After leaving Apple, Caballero worked as a consultant for several Silicon Valley start-ups, including Keysa, a wireless technology company, and Humane, a start-up founded by several former Apple employees.

Former Apple executive joins Microsoft in charge of hardware research such as mixed reality devices