Apple confirms Bob Mansfield will work on special projects after leaving Senior VP of Tech role

It isn’t clear exactly what Mansfield’s redefined role will see him work on, although he could be involved in a number of the new projects that Cook recently hinted at. There’s been speculation that Apple is working on, among other things, a Pebble-like smart watch, a refresh version of its Apple TV solution and — potentially most controversially — a lower-priced iPhone and larger-screened iPad.