iPhone designer receives award from his former university

Friday 14 June 2013
David Tupman
David Tupman

The man who was in charge of developing Apple’s iconic iPhones and iPods has received a special award from the University of Salford, recognising his achievements since he graduated in 1988.

David Tupman was presented with his Alumni Achievement Award last night at a special preview for the Create at Salford Festival, which is a major showcase of the University’s student art and design, performing arts, music, computer gaming, animation and TV news broadcasting talent.

A UK-born graduate from Salford’s electronic engineering degree, David previously worked at Schlumberger and Psion before joining Apple's iPod engineering group in 2001. He has been involved in the development and success of every iPod released to date and also led the hardware engineering team responsible for developing the iPhone.

As Apple shifted its engineering resources to its mobile line of products, David was named Vice-President of iPod and iPhone Engineering. Besides playing a major part in growing Apple’s mobile device operation into one of the most successful businesses ever, David has his name on more than 40 Apple technology patents, such as power and battery life management; noise-cancelling ear buds; Apple’s iPhone power adapters; and mobile device interaction with accessories. He left his role at Apple in 2012 to pursue other challenges.

His award from his old university is recognition of this success and he joins other notable graduates in receiving the honour, which is chosen by staff and current and former students.

Receiving his award at the University’s MediaCityUK campus, David said: “I am delighted and proud to have received this award. One of the reasons I chose to study at Salford was because of its links to industry and I am pleased that these links are still as strong today.”

University of Salford Vice-Chancellor, Professor Martin Hall, said: “David has certainly earned the recognition of the University for his superb achievements since he graduated. I was particularly pleased to present the award to him at our MediaCityUK campus where we teach and research the very latest in digital technology – a subject close to David’s heart.”