Apple chief design officer Sir Jony Ive has announced his departure from the company after nearly three decades. Leaving a storied legacy that includes everything from the 1998 iMac, the iPod series of music players that shot Apple to fame, and the ubiquitous iPhone in every other person’s pocket.
Sir Jonathan, knighted by the Queen in 2012, is recognised for the key role he has played in Apple. One of the largest firms worldwide in terms of market cap, Apple’s wide array of devices and software ecosystem encompasses everything from pro computing to music streaming, and from some of the best smartphones to a full-fledged gaming service.
Ive might be leaving Apple’s Cupertino halo (which he had a hand in designing, too), but not completely. His new venture, LoveFrom, will enjoy the enviable honour of having Apple as its first client. Apple confirms as much, stating that “Ive in his new company will continue to work closely and on a range of projects with Apple.”
Within, the tech giant will make several adjustments in the leadership in lieu of Ive’s departure. Vice president of industrial design Evans Hankey and vice president of Human Interface design Alan Dye will directly report to Apple operations chief Jeff Williams. No direct replacement for the role of Chief Design Officer has been announced yet.
Just yesterday, Apple had made a key hiring decision – poaching a top ARM engineer in the race to reduce reliance on Intel’s processors in its Macs. Mike Filippo, the lead architect on ARM CPU chip designs, has had a hand in the Cortex A76 CPU implemented in the latest Qualcomm flagship Snapdragon 855 mobile chipset, amongst other serious accolades.