Earlier in June this year, it was reported that Chief Design Officer at Apple, Jonathan Ive, will leave Apple “later this year”. While Apple announced the renowned product designer’s departure, there was no exact time frame as to when he would leave the company. Well, it seems like the day has finally come with Jonathan Ive’s name missing from Apple’s Leadership page, thus marking the end of a journey that started back in 1992, while Ive has been heading the design team since 1996.
Having worked closely with the great Steve Jobs up until his death, Ive has been the lead figure when it comes to Apple design. It is now said that COO Jeff Williams will take over the responsibilities of the software and hardware design department at Apple.
This doesn’t necessarily mean the end of Ive’s working partnership with Apple, however. That’s because Ive runs design firm LoveFrom in collaboration with fellow designer and friend Marc Newson. It will be no doubt a big blow for Apple with Ive formally marking his exit from the company, although the company will take some solace in the fact that LoveFrom will be involved with Apple in some capacity.
Ive has been involved with some of the best Apple products, including the iMac, MacBook Air, Apple Watch, as well as the Apple Park campus which was constructed a couple of years ago. Ive’s shoes will be tough to fill, although it will be exciting to see the direction that Apple will take under new design leadership.
What do you make of Ive’s departure? Do you think it will be good or bad news for Apple?
Source: Apple Leadership
Via: The Verge