Apple's chief developer evangelist quits?

Just when he's needed the most

Updated Apple's chief chivvyer of developers, Clent Richardson, has quit the company to join UK-based mobile phone operation One-2-One.

That's what "industry sources" are claiming, at any rate, according to MacCentral. Apple has yet to confirm or deny the story, which appears to have been leaked company employees.

It's certainly a puzzling move. Richardson's job is to encourage software houses to code for the Mac, and to make the job easier for those already doing so. Both roles are essential to Apple's MacOS X roll-out, the success of which is predicated on the quick arrival of good, native apps.

Then again... as one Apple developer put it: "I think [the new guy] would fill Clent's role the way it should be done. Or should I say, the way it should have been done..."

If that's not damning with faint praise, we don't know what is.

Richardson has been with Apple since early 1998, though he's worked for the company before in a platform evangelism role. ®