Apple’s Design Chief Jony Ive To Leave Company After Almost 30 Years

Posted: Jun 27 2019, 8:03pm CDT | by , in Technology News

 

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Apple’s design chief Jony Ive to leave company after almost 30 years
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Ive will continue working with Apple designs with his new independent company.

Sir Jonathan Paul Ive, better known as Jony Ive, is leaving Apple Inc. after serving almost 30 years designing a number of the company’s revolutionary products.

Over his nearly three-decade tenure at Apple, Ive was most noted for designing the original iPod that was introduced in 2001, the first iPhone in 2007, the first iPad in 2010, the iOS 7, the iMac G3 that was launched in 1998, the first Apple Watch in 2014, the Mac Pro redesign in 2013, and even the Apple Park in Cupertino, California.

Ive joined Apple in September 1992 as a full-time employee. He has been responsible for leading the design team of Apple Computer since 1996, and was also involved in the Human Interface software teams in the company. Since July 2015, he has been Apple’s chief design officer.

In a press release announcing Ive’s departure, Apple said the executive is leaving the company to form an independent design company, which will serve Apple, this time as a client. This way, Apple ensures that Ive’s designs will still be present in its range of products.

Commenting on Ive’s exit, Apple CEO Tim Cook said: “Apple will continue to benefit from Jony’s talents by working directly with him on exclusive projects, and through the ongoing work of the brilliant and passionate design team he has built. After so many years working closely together, I’m happy that our relationship continues to evolve and I look forward to working with Jony long into the future.”

“Jony is a singular figure in the design world and his role in Apple’s revival cannot be overstated, from 1998’s groundbreaking iMac to the iPhone and the unprecedented ambition of Apple Park, where recently he has been putting so much of his energy and care,” Cook added.

As Apple finds a replacement for Ive, design team leaders will Evans Hankey, vice president of Industrial Design, and Alan Dye, vice president of Human Interface Design, will, for the meantime, report to Chief Operating Officer Jeff Williams, who has led the development of Apple Watch since its inception.

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