Fadell’s eight years at Apple’s iPod division—six of which he spent working for now Palm CEO Jon Rubinstein—produced hit after hit. He oversaw the launch of the original, Mac-only, 5GB FireWire iPod all the way up to the unveiling of the tallscreen fourth-generation iPod nano.
Following Fadell’s resignation, Apple’s 2008 10K filing revealed that he had relinquished his rights to 155,000 shares of unvested stocks but would receive 77,500 restricted shares that vested on March 24, 2010. The agreement also placed upon him a restriction from hiring Apple employees for one year after he officially leaves the company.
Of his future plans Fadell told the Times, “My primary focus will be helping the environment by working with consumer green-tech companies. I’m determined to tell my kids and grandkids amazing stories beyond my iPod and iPhone ones.”