Soghoian Salt started working at Apple in January 1997 and had a very specific position: that of automation product manager for Mac.
He was one of the main responsible for the AppleScript language and, later, for the launch of the Automator utility on OS X macOS.
This week, unexpectedly, Soghoian announced that he is leaving the company and that his job as a whole has been dismantled by Apple "for business reasons".
For fans / fanatics of automation, the news is somewhat bombastic and asks a question about Apple's efforts in this regard for the Mac. What is it that motivated you to this movement?
For his part, Soghoian intends from December 1, after a well-deserved rest, to continue working in the area, whether in new professional opportunities or providing services related to automation in general.
(via The Loop)
Update · 11/18/2016 s 16:16
THE 9to5Mac had access to an email response sent by a reader to Craig Federighi. Apple's senior vice president of software engineering said the company "has every intention of continuing to support great automation technologies on macOS."
The answer is both reassuring and uncertain, as it does not make it clear which are the real plans of Apple for an Automator of life. As the 9to5Mac points out, it may be that it will be maintained from now on, without major investments in cool news / resources.