After almost 27 years with the company, Chief Design Officer Sir Jonathan “Jony” Ive will transition out of Apple starting later this year. The news, abruptly announced earlier this afternoon, shocked the tech industry, despite years-long rumors that he was headed for the door soon. Ive will transition to LoveFrom, his new creative business venture launching sometime in 2020. Despite leaving Apple, Ive is expected to work closely with Apple on its future products.
Ivy was the person responsible for designing Apple’s most iconic products like iPod and iPhone. Apple CEO, Tim Cook said his role in Apple’s revival cannot be overstated.
Ive’s impact can be seen on everything from the company’s new “spaceship” Apple Park campus, to individual devices since his promotion after Steve Job’s return in 1997. As much as you know him through the experience and of using the devices, he’s also become familiar to us for his voicecovers whenever Apple launched new product, describing the design process and attention to detail.
In 2015, four years after Jobs’ passing, Ive was promoted to the newly created position of chief designing officer, giving him rein over the look of Apple’s retail stores and office spaces, as well as the devices he’s known for.
The 52-year old Ive joined Apple in the early 1990s and was the “spiritual partner” of iconic founder of Apple Steve Jobs. It is rumored that VP Industrial Design Evan Hamlet and VP Human Interface Design Alan Dye, will be stepping up to take the reins from Ive.