According to a post on his personal blog:
Just a note to say that I’ve left Macworld to work for a Cupertino-based technology company you may be familiar with.
There are loads of reasons for the change, but blend them together and they add up to my desire to try something different before I don the large shorts and spend the bulk of my remaining days looking for my misplaced spectacles.
“Chris has been such an essential staff member that the word “essential” seems woefully inadequate to describe him,” wrote Macworld’s Susie Ochs.
This news comes several months after another long-time journalist, Anand Shimpi of AnandTech.com, also retired from writing to join Apple.
As with Anand, it’s not known what Breen will be doing at Apple. Being part of the post-Cotton PR team at the company is definitely a possibility, but the fact that another Macworld Editor Jon Seff was picked up for the secretive Apple University training program might shine some light on what Apple is doing with these journos.