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Phil Schiller
Schiller in 2012
Born (1960-06-08) June 8, 1960 (age 64)
Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
EducationBoston College (B.S.)
OccupationApple Fellow[1]
EmployerApple Inc.[1]
Board member ofIllumina (2016–)[2]

Philip W. Schiller (born June 8, 1960) is an Apple Fellow at Apple Inc.[1] He is a prominent figure in Apple's keynotes and has been a member of the company's executive team since Steve Jobs returned to Apple in 1997.[3] In 2020 he became the first person in over 20 years to be appointed as an Apple Fellow, one of the company's highest-ranking positions and an honor previously bestowed on co-founder Steve Wozniak among a handful of other people.[4]

Early life and career

Schiller was born in Boston, Massachusetts, on June 8, 1960, to a Jewish family. He graduated from Boston College in 1982 with a B.S. in biology.[5] Besides his role at Apple, Schiller has held a variety of positions including Vice President of Product Marketing at Macromedia of San Francisco, California; Director of Product Marketing at FirePower Systems, Inc. of Menlo Park, California; IT Manager at Nolan, Norton & Co. of Lexington, Massachusetts; and Programmer and Systems Analyst at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts.[1][6]

At Apple, Schiller worked on the formation and marketing of iMac, MacBook, MacBook Pro, iPod, macOS, and subsequent products. Schiller is credited with coming up with the idea for the original iPod's click wheel interface.[7][8]

Schiller frequently played a supporting role in keynotes given by Steve Jobs, usually presenting new products like iPhones and iPads. While Jobs was on medical leave Schiller gave several keynotes including Apple's last appearance at Macworld/iWorld on January 6, 2009,[9] and the WWDC keynote on June 8, 2009;[10] both presentations were typically done by Jobs himself. Among the things announced at these events were the updated MacBook Pro lines, the iPhone 3GS, and new versions of iLife and iWork as well as pricing and DRM changes to the iTunes Store.

Schiller was previously Senior Vice President of Worldwide Product Marketing before adopting his new title of Apple Fellow on August 4, 2020. Greg "Joz" Joswiak took over Schiller's previous role.[11]


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  3. ^ Parekh, Rupal (8 November 2011). "The Most Highly Paid CMO in the World: Apple's Philip Schiller". AdAge. Archived from the original on 2014-07-10. Retrieved 2013-12-19.
  4. ^ "An introduction to every Apple Fellow in company history". Retrieved 29 November 2022.
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  6. ^ "Phil Schiller | SVP, history, accomplishments". AppleInsider. Archived from the original on 2020-06-23. Retrieved 2020-07-17.
  7. ^ Kahney, Leander (2009). Inside Steve's brain (Expanded ed.). New York: Portfolio. p. 223. ISBN 978-1591842972.
  8. ^ Levy, Steven Levy. "An Oral History of Apple's Infinite Loop". Wired. Archived from the original on 14 July 2019. Retrieved 17 September 2018.
  9. ^ Krazit, Tom. "Steve Jobs taking medical leave of absence". CNET. Archived from the original on 2018-06-24. Retrieved 2020-07-17.
  10. ^ Ogg, Erica. "Live blog: WWDC 2009 keynote". CNET. Archived from the original on 2018-10-04. Retrieved 2020-07-17.
  11. ^ "Phil Schiller is ending his long reign as Apple's marketing chief". Engadget. Retrieved 2020-08-04.