Apple's Chief Designer Jony Ive Leaving the Company

Jony Ive and Tim Cook at Apple Park

Jony Ive and Tim Cook at Apple Park

The Apple designer responsible for the look of most of the company's most iconic products - including the iPhone - is leaving after 27 years.

Credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty ImagesThe company announced Ive's departure in a press release on Thursday (June 27), and it sounds amicable.

Ive will, however, continue working with Apple from the outside - his new venture, called LoveFrom, will count the iPhone maker as a client.

"While I will not be an [Apple] employee, I will still be very involved - I hope for many, many years to come", Sir Jonathan told the FT in an exclusive interview.

"This just seems like a natural and gentle time to make this change", he said. "Today it is stronger, more vibrant and more talented than at any point in Apple's history", Ive said in a statement.

The iMac took consumers by storm with its colorful side panels and unique user interface that helped differentiate Apple products from its peers.

Despite the major step outside Apple's umbrella, Ive told the Financial Times that LoveFrom won't be designing products that are different for the sake of being different but will focus on applying what he learned at Apple in a tangible way.

Tennis greats applaud Barty's rise to No. 1
It's an injury I've had since I was 16 years old and at certain times of year I need to be more careful with it. Her ability to play tennis was never an issue; she was a junior champion at Wimbledon in 2011.

In addition to the iPhone, Ive designed the iPod, Apple Watch, and the company's futuristic "Apple Park" campus, along with several Macs including the new Mac Pro debuting this year.

Ive has been at Apple for around 30 years and defined the look and feel of many of its most popular products, including the iPhone, iPad, and Macbooks.

Even though Apple has a great design team, it will be interesting to see if the company's design language changes with Ive's departure.

'After almost 30 years and countless projects, I am most proud of the lasting work we have done to create a design team, process and culture at Apple that is without peer, ' Ive said.

"Jony is a singular figure in the design world and his role in Apple's revival can not be overstated", chief executive Tim Cook said in a statement. CEO Tim Cook also commented to Financial Times in his usual upbeat voice, saying, "We get to continue with the same team that we've had for a long time and have the pleasure of continuing to work with Jony".

With Ive set to leave, designers Evans Hankey and Alan Dye will assume control of Apple's vaunted design group where they will report directly to Jeff Williams.

The departure of the world's most famous industrial designer and the custodian of the entire Apple aesthetic - from its hardware and software to its physical architecture - will come as a shock to its investors and customers.

Recommended News

  • Explore Global Recycled Plastics Market Forecast to 2024

    Explore Global Recycled Plastics Market Forecast to 2024

    Market split the breakdown data by company, products, end-user, and top countries, market history data and forecast to 2023. We fulfill all your research needs spanning across industry verticals with our huge collection of market research reports.
    Men's golf tour comes to Detroit this weekend

    Men's golf tour comes to Detroit this weekend

    Eric Ybarra, a member of the Teamsters Local 299, protests outside the Detroit Golf Club, Wednesday, June 26, 2019, in Detroit. Through good times and bad, Woodland's philosophy has been to have faith in his skill and confidence in his ability to win.
    Khloe Hopes the Scandal Will Make Jordyn & Tristan ''Better'' People

    Khloe Hopes the Scandal Will Make Jordyn & Tristan ''Better'' People

    Asked how she thinks she'll be depicted, she added: "Hopefully, like myself, and the real me will shine". Speaking last week, she said: "Everyone has their truth and their story, so you just go with it.
  • Andy Murray crashes back down to earth after early exit

    Andy Murray crashes back down to earth after early exit

    French Open semi-finalist Konta needed 97 minutes to triumph in front of her home crowd, running out a 6-4, 7-6 (3) victor . Murray underwent hip surgery in January and there was a suggestion the two-time Wimbledon champion would have to retire.
    SpaceX Falcon Heavy Lights Up Florida's Space Coast

    SpaceX Falcon Heavy Lights Up Florida's Space Coast

    The flight had to last six hours, have four ignitions of the upper stage and end with a final passivation maneuver. The satellites will be utilized for tests including a few US government offices, just as some college ventures.
    Israel Folau thanks supporters as donations for legal battle rise

    Israel Folau thanks supporters as donations for legal battle rise

    The new campaign has raised more than $1.7 million, as well as an additional $100,000 pledge from the ACL itself. He is seeking A$10 million in damages for lost sponsorship and marketing opportunities among other reasons.
  • Rapinoe ‘stands by’ White House boycott threat

    Rapinoe ‘stands by’ White House boycott threat

    In a video excerpt of the interview posted Tuesday, she can be seen using a profanity when she says she's not going. She now does stand but refuses to sing or put her hand over her heart like other U.S. players.
    Trump blasts NBC for technical glitch during Democratic debate

    Trump blasts NBC for technical glitch during Democratic debate

    Todd and Maddow, too, took the problem in stride and again asked for the control room to turn off the errant microphones, wherever they were.
    Billy Drago Dies: Hollywood ‘Bad Guy’ Character Actor Was 73

    Billy Drago Dies: Hollywood ‘Bad Guy’ Character Actor Was 73

    Burrows, who survives him, has appeared on TV shows including Northern Exposure . "Lucky to have worked with you on my first job". On television, he had guest roles in Hill Street Blues , Moonlighting , Walker Texas Ranger , Trapper John, M.D. and The X-Files.
  • Apple plans to add 2,000 jobs in Seattle

    Apple plans to add 2,000 jobs in Seattle

    The property's towers are LEED platinum certified for sustainability and will be powered by cent percent renewable energy. Apple will be leasing out two 12-story buildings at 222 Dexter Ave. that includes 19,000 square feet of outdoor space.
    Alabama Woman Arrested For Losing Baby After Being Shot In The Stomach

    Alabama Woman Arrested For Losing Baby After Being Shot In The Stomach

    When authorities failed to secure an indictment against Jemison, they made a decision to seek charges against Jones. An Alabama woman has been charged with manslaughter in connection to a shooting where her unborn child was killed.
    Telecom firms hacked to spy on targets

    Telecom firms hacked to spy on targets

    "It is a government that has capabilities that can do this kind of attack", Cybereason chief executive Lior Div told Reuters . These CDRs provide a fairly detailed account of an individual's activities since they offer a lot of geographical information.

We are pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news.
Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper.
Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.